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, Jan. 2 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$8,025,596-3%3,8530$2,083$225,705,2114Disney
2King Kong (2005)$7,054,712-20%3,62751$1,945$174,560,3153Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$4,502,152-25%3,0560$1,473$64,608,5682Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$4,371,7910%3,21136$1,362$54,685,2102Fox
5Memoirs of a Geisha$2,469,788-13%1,5470$1,597$30,635,3362Sony / Columbia
6Rumor Has It$2,425,974-23%2,8150$862$26,869,7642Warner Bros.
7The Family Stone$2,164,774-22%2,464-5$879$46,333,9653Fox
8Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,950,0995%2,316-205$842$277,088,6517Warner Bros.
9The Ringer$1,870,142-26%1,85324$1,009$21,650,2992Fox Searchlight
10Syriana$1,188,854-25%1,7250$689$38,917,3754Warner Bros.