Saturday Update: 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.
Check BoxOffice tomorrow for official weekend estimates from the studios.
Friday Update: Sources report that Project Almanac bowed to $375K from Thursday evening shows. That's noticeably behind Into the Storm's $800K early show take last August, although that film had the advantage of opening during late summer when schools were out.
Also opening this weekend are Black or White (which earned $115K from Thursday shows) and The Loft, though none of the three newcomers will be able to unseat American Sniper from the top spot over Super Bowl weekend.
More as it comes.
By Daniel Garris
Warner's American Sniper took in $3.67 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourteenth straight day. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a significant 52 percent from last Thursday. American Sniper easily led the weekly box office with $81.32 million for the frame. That was down a healthy 39 percent from the previous week and places the film's domestic total at $217.09 million after two weeks of wide release. American Sniper is running an extremely impressive 56 percent ahead of the $139.54 million two-week take of 2013's Gravity.
The Boy Next Door held steady in second place with $0.792 million. The Jennifer Lopez led thriller from Universal fell 6 percent from Wednesday's performance. The Boy Next Door placed in second for the week with $18.59 million. The film was off to a very solid start this week, especially with its low production budget in mind. The Boy Next Door is running 18 percent ahead of the $15.71 million seven-day take of 2010's The Back-Up Plan.
Sony's The Wedding Ringer took in $0.685 million to remain in third. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 42 percent from last Thursday. The Wedding Ringer placed in third for the week with $14.367 million. That was down 49 percent from the previous week and brings the film's two-week total to a solid $42.44 million.
The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game continued to claim fourth with $0.542 million for the day. The Best Picture nominee starring Benedict Cumberbatch fell a slim 2 percent from Wednesday and just 13 percent from last Thursday. The Imitation Game placed in fifth for the week with $9.28 million and has grossed a healthy $62.78 million to date.
Fellow Best Picture nominee Selma was up two spots and 14 percent over Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.480 million. The critically acclaimed film from Paramount finished in seventh this week with $7.19 million. That was down 55 percent from the previous frame and places the film's total gross at $40.91 million after three weeks of wide release.
Paddington was down one spot and 2 percent from Wednesday to land in sixth with $0.447 million. The well received family film from The Weinstein Company placed in fourth for the week with $14.364 million. Paddington was down 48 percent from last week and has grossed $42.04 million in its first two weeks.
By Alex Edghill
Fantastic Four debuted its first trailer on January 27th where it generated a hefty 89,991 tweets and has seen more than 100,000 new tweets this week so far.
Disney's Marvel Universe has dominated super-hero films (and indeed social media) in recent times with titles such as Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, The Avengers and the upcoming Ant-Man all being/projected to be massive successes.Fox is trying to build their own mini-empire out of comic heroes it has rights to, namely the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Their reboot of X-Men has been largely successful, and now their sights get turned to Fantastic Four. While the first two films in the Fantastic Four franchise did generate over $600 million worldwide in sales, the critics were never kind, and with an aging core cast (not to mention that one of the four went on to become Captain America) Fox chose to rebuild the franchise, just like they had done with X-Men: First Class a few years ago. They chose to go with talented up-and-coming young actors which they could build a potential franchise around provided the reaction from fans and critics warranted it.
So far the film is getting two thumbs way up from Twitter and Facebook. By comparison, the recent Ant-Man trailer had 55,356 tweets with its first trailer and less than a 100k new likes on Facebook since its release over three weeks ago. Avengers: Age Of Ultron predictably dwarfed it though, with its 205,739 more than doubling it. This is a largely positive start for Fantastic Four and Fox should be very happy with the buzz so far. With the relative unknown Guardians Of The Galaxy opening to $94 million a similar time last year the precedent is clearly set for this to have a great run this late Summer if it has the story and visual to back up its impressive trailer.
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|10/22/2014||Avengers: Age of Ultron||05/01/2015||205,739|
|11/28/2014||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||12/18/2015||142,698|
|01/27/2015||The Fantastic Four||08/07/2015||89,991|
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Warner Bros. reports that American Sniper added another $3.8 million to its haul on Wednesday, down 49 percent from the same day last week. The biopic has earned $213.4 million domestically to-date, putting it just 2.5 percent behind the pace of 2004's The Passion of the Christ. BoxOffice is forecasting a third consecutive weekend victory for the film over the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.
The Boy Next Door took in $0.84 million yesterday, giving it a 6-day total of $17.8 million. That puts it 19.5 percent ahead of star Jennifer Lopez's The Back-Up Plan.
The Wedding Ringer claimed third place on Wednesday with $0.72 million, down 38 percent from the same day last week. The Kevin Hart-led comedy as brought in $41.8 million through its first 13 days of release.
Oscar contender The Imitation Game was up 3 percent from last Wednesday to $0.55 million yesterday. Its domestic total now stands at $62.2 million.
Paddington capped off the top five with $0.45 million, a healthy 20 percent drop from last week. The well-received animated adaptation has gathered $41.6 million at the domestic box office thus far.
Meanwhile, Mortdecai added $0.28 million yesterday -- giving it a six-day cume of $5.16 million. Strange Magic now stands at $6.25 million through six days with its $0.21 million Wednesday take.