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 Wed, Oct. 26 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 26 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Doom$731,421-17%3,044--$240$18,136,7211Universal
2North Country$523,618-6%2,555--$205$8,041,2611Warner Bros.
3Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$479,873-2%2,007--$239$10,699,5501DreamWorks
4Elizabethtown$354,888-4%2,5170$141$19,945,3682Paramount
5Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$343,6031%3,472-184$99$45,022,7483DreamWorks
6In Her Shoes$340,4102%2,237-603$152$27,159,6923Fox
7Flightplan$304,394-1%2,513-598$121$78,213,1735Disney
8The Fog (2005)$300,645-4%2,9720$101$21,876,1012Sony / Columbia
9A History of Violence$216,165-5%1,308-40$165$26,734,5615New Line
10Domino$207,523-9%2,2230$93$9,268,7822New Line