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 Sat, Oct. 22 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 22 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Doom$5,933,9191%3,044--$1,949$11,791,6371Universal
2Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$3,897,97180%3,472-184$1,123$41,401,1143DreamWorks
3Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$3,883,38642%2,007--$1,935$6,626,4361DreamWorks
4The Fog (2005)$3,029,96940%2,9720$1,020$19,438,6512Sony / Columbia
5North Country$2,772,64838%2,555--$1,085$4,785,3031Warner Bros.
6Elizabethtown$2,444,96527%2,5170$971$17,605,7722Paramount
7Flightplan$2,218,85356%2,513-598$883$76,206,9055Disney
8In Her Shoes$1,711,18544%2,237-603$765$25,195,0083Fox
9A History of Violence$1,188,12941%1,308-40$908$25,397,1605New Line
10Two for the Money$1,050,17238%1,693-704$620$20,098,0573Universal