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 Thu, Dec. 8 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 8 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,121,9420%3,8580$291$233,807,3213Warner Bros.
2Walk the Line$718,0060%3,16022$227$71,252,7093Fox
3Aeon Flux$643,025-5%2,608--$247$15,655,8801Paramount
4Pride & Prejudice (2005)$384,4794%1,32728$290$23,908,6834Focus
5Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$368,38114%3,2104$115$35,766,5442Paramount
6Just Friends$360,6270%2,5050$144$22,574,7662New Line
7Rent$283,024-4%2,4374$116$24,913,2702Sony / Columbia
8Chicken Little$239,04815%3,021-454$79$124,973,0895Disney
9Derailed$185,557-2%1,702-359$109$33,452,0064The Weinstein Company
10The Ice Harvest$152,533-3%1,5555$98$8,320,8802Focus