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. 19 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 19 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$7,401,852-16%3,144--$2,354$39,234,4361Sony / Columbia
2Hotel for Dogs$5,853,47110%3,271--$1,790$22,864,8391Paramount / DreamWorks
3Gran Torino$3,627,636-36%2,972164$1,221$76,604,5792Warner Bros.
4Notorious (2009)$2,895,487-38%1,638--$1,768$23,392,9111Fox Searchlight
5My Bloody Valentine 3D$2,862,957-47%2,534--$1,130$24,103,5491Lionsgate
6Bride Wars$2,227,137-30%3,2282$690$39,705,4022Fox
7Defiance (2008)$1,598,374-33%1,7891787$893$10,853,2733Paramount Vantage
8Bedtime Stories$1,441,9816%2,619-892$551$105,071,5694Disney
9Marley & Me$1,375,177-21%2,952-526$466$133,922,4244Fox
10The Unborn (2009)$1,203,662-47%2,3592$510$33,784,4202Universal / Rogue