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 Fri, Nov. 4 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 4 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chicken Little$10,571,392--3,654--$2,893$10,571,3921Disney
2Jarhead$10,548,836--2,411--$4,375$10,548,8361Universal
3Saw II$5,737,146167%2,9490$1,945$49,004,4742Lionsgate
4The Legend of Zorro$2,922,707231%3,5200$830$23,212,1232Sony / Columbia
5Prime$1,690,062237%1,83710$920$9,881,9742Universal
6Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$1,349,253245%2,617126$516$20,374,4793DreamWorks
7The Weather Man$902,720140%1,5100$598$6,671,7962Paramount
8Flightplan$704,613226%1,445-321$488$82,826,1087Disney
9North Country$633,15490%2,211-344$286$14,130,2513Warner Bros.
10The Fog (2005)$612,493287%1,669-918$367$26,644,9884Sony / Columbia