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. 16 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hoodwinked$4,477,5883%2,394--$1,870$16,879,1621The Weinstein Company
2Glory Road$3,332,477-14%2,222--$1,500$16,927,5841Disney
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$2,750,791-18%3,224-290$853$264,021,7766Disney
4Last Holiday$2,702,483-29%2,514--$1,075$15,509,2451Paramount
5Cheaper by the Dozen 2$1,656,194-1%2,773-335$597$74,670,1464Fox
6Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$1,610,941-37%3,23957$497$94,245,1234Sony / Columbia
7King Kong (2005)$1,533,650-38%2,814-668$545$204,527,8545Universal
8Hostel$1,437,182-52%2,337142$615$36,574,5252Lionsgate
9Tristan and Isolde$1,028,213-41%1,845--$557$7,611,8981Fox
10Munich$876,322-43%1,49813$585$33,805,5494Universal