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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jan. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$8,795,52923%3,62751$2,425$167,505,6033Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$8,237,8106%3,8530$2,138$217,679,6154Disney
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$6,042,08539%3,0560$1,977$60,106,4162Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$4,354,686-3%3,21136$1,356$50,313,4192Fox
5Rumor Has It$3,170,7716%2,8150$1,126$24,443,7902Warner Bros.
6Memoirs of a Geisha$2,840,71734%1,5470$1,836$28,165,5482Sony / Columbia
7The Family Stone$2,764,6727%2,464-5$1,122$44,169,1913Fox
8The Ringer$2,516,038105%1,85324$1,358$19,780,1572Fox Searchlight
9Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,851,1975%2,316-205$799$275,138,5527Warner Bros.
10Wolf Creek$1,595,487118%1,76112$906$12,156,0552Weinstein / Dimension