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 Tue, Jan. 24 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 24 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld: Evolution$1,648,339-16%3,207--$514$30,457,5751Sony / Screen Gems
2Brokeback Mountain$724,28212%1,196513$606$43,123,6147Focus
3Last Holiday$457,682-1%2,5140$182$26,914,5652Paramount
4Glory Road$439,884-16%2,396174$184$28,671,9732Disney
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$358,999-9%2,757-467$130$272,605,8087Disney
6Hoodwinked$352,261-32%3,002608$117$29,503,3192The Weinstein Company
7Hostel$347,485-4%2,258-79$154$43,385,8733Lionsgate
8Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$333,861-3%2,826-413$118$102,047,2845Sony / Columbia
9Memoirs of a Geisha$282,80720%1,404-250$201$51,710,5405Sony / Columbia
10End of the Spear$275,002-5%1,163--$236$4,848,5381Rocky Mountain Pictures