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, Nov. 14 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 14 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chicken Little$1,109,142-86%3,6584$303$81,510,6932Disney
2Derailed$788,241-71%2,443--$323$12,999,9881The Weinstein Company
3Jarhead$771,765-70%2,44837$315$47,311,3612Universal
4Get Rich or Die Tryin'$743,638-74%1,652--$450$18,467,7481Paramount
5Saw II$560,967-71%2,9490$190$74,436,8883Lionsgate
6Zathura$502,426-84%3,223--$156$13,929,0911Sony / Columbia
7The Legend of Zorro$313,131-79%3,053-467$103$39,584,1383Sony / Columbia
8Prime$213,750-72%1,781-56$120$19,132,3653Universal
9Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$167,539-80%2,735118$61$29,018,7364DreamWorks
10The Weather Man$125,013-67%1,250-260$100$11,500,2953Paramount