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, Dec. 31 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 31 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$7,745,057-20%3,8530$2,010$209,441,8054Disney
2King Kong (2005)$7,163,007-19%3,62759$1,975$158,710,0743Universal
3Cheaper by the Dozen 2$4,491,580-20%3,21136$1,399$45,958,7332Fox
4Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$4,354,905-29%3,0560$1,425$54,064,3312Sony / Columbia
5Rumor Has It$2,979,717-7%2,815--$1,059$21,273,0192Warner Bros.
6The Family Stone$2,595,660-6%2,464-5$1,053$41,404,5193Fox
7Memoirs of a Geisha$2,119,512-24%1,5470$1,370$25,324,8312Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,767,637-14%2,316-205$763$273,287,3557Warner Bros.
9The Ringer$1,226,468-50%1,85324$662$17,264,1192Fox Searchlight
10Syriana$1,138,237-17%1,7250$660$36,151,3674Warner Bros.