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, Jan. 12 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 12 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hostel$1,174,973-6%2,195--$535$25,164,0491Lionsgate
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$853,1812%3,514-339$243$251,211,6695Disney
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$714,2346%3,182126$224$83,900,5583Sony / Columbia
4King Kong (2005)$645,150-2%3,482-145$185$195,466,4694Universal
5Munich$608,892-2%1,485953$410$27,895,3283Universal
6Memoirs of a Geisha$601,0671%1,58942$378$42,204,9073Sony / Columbia
7Rumor Has It$437,331-1%2,766-49$158$36,915,3183Warner Bros.
8The Family Stone$340,233-3%2,085-379$163$54,545,1334Fox
9Cheaper by the Dozen 2$323,8313%3,108-103$104$67,864,7903Fox
10Casanova$313,201-4%1,004967$312$6,261,1583Disney