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 Sat, Jan. 10 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 10 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gran Torino$12,148,51326%2,8082724$4,326$32,818,8811Warner Bros.
2Bride Wars$8,367,2113%3,226--$2,594$16,458,0731Fox
3The Unborn (2009)$7,742,588-6%2,357--$3,285$16,015,8591Universal / Rogue
4Marley & Me$5,108,38359%3,478-27$1,469$120,672,5433Fox
5Bedtime Stories$4,147,60384%3,511-173$1,181$95,024,1923Disney
6The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$4,000,86538%2,947-41$1,358$91,770,8313Paramount
7Valkyrie$2,860,58134%2,83860$1,008$69,844,2873MGM / United Artists
8Yes Man$2,585,76527%2,955-479$875$87,886,5214Warner Bros.
9Seven Pounds$1,668,91930%2,456-302$680$65,876,2364Sony / Columbia
10The Tale of Despereaux$1,251,831102%2,297-794$545$46,773,0564Universal