Grosses

'American Sniper' Easily Retains First Place with $10.02 Million Friday; 'Project Almanac' Pulls $3.2 MillionJanuary 31, 2015 03:20 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports that American Sniper easily led Friday's box office for a third consecutive week, adding an estimated $10.02 million to its blockbuster haul. That figure is down 45 percent from last Friday and brings the film's total up to $227.1 million through 15 days of wide release -- on par with the pace of The Passion of the Christ and 53 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $30.5 million Super Bowl weekend take.

Paramount's Project Almanac debuted to $3.2 million on Friday. Unfortunately, that falls short of even conservative expectations heading into the weekend. The modestly budgeted (estimated $12 million production) found-footage thriller should land around $8.2 million for its opening weekend.

Black or White debuted to $2.27 million yesterday. Unfortunately, the pic had the disadvantage of opening in a market already featuring Selma as the primary option for moviegoers looking for a drama tackling racial subject matter. BoxOffice projects a $6.1 million debut weekend.

The Boy Next Door was off 63 percent from last week to $2.1 million on Friday. With $20.7 million in the bank through 8 days of release, look for a sophomore frame around $6.0 million.

Paddington took in another $1.94 million on Friday for a 25.5 percent week-to-week drop. With $44 million in the bank, BoxOffice projects an $8 million frame.

The Imitation Game added $1.61 million yesterday, down just 16 percent from last Friday and boosting its total to $64.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $5.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Loft bowed to $1.18 million yesterday. With a late release announcement and very little marketing push, the film was not expected to make a big splash at the box office. BoxOffice projects a $3 million weekend.

Last but certainly not least, Game of Thrones: The IMAX Experience grabbed a strong $686,000 from 205 IMAX locations, giving it a $3,348 per-screen average. As the first television series ever released in the premium format, fans had been driving strong pre-sales over the last few weeks. Comparisons are few and far between, but look for a weekend in the neighborhood of $1.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Oct. 17 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 17 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fog (2005)$684,630-74%2,972--$230$12,437,6721Sony / Columbia
2Elizabethtown$671,393-70%2,517--$267$11,290,1511Paramount
3Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$581,541-83%3,65611$159$33,689,9072DreamWorks
4In Her Shoes$514,613-67%2,84032$181$20,570,7092Fox
5Domino$466,022-65%2,223--$210$5,137,1761New Line
6Flightplan$418,751-73%3,111-212$135$71,201,3004Disney
7Two for the Money$407,718-66%2,3976$170$17,004,3612Universal
8Waiting...$365,802-58%1,6520$221$12,043,4252Lionsgate
9A History of Violence$305,888-67%1,3488$227$22,431,0034New Line
10Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$221,235-79%2,525-479$88$47,989,8334Warner Bros.