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. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$1,591,337-79%3,144--$506$40,825,7731Sony / Columbia
2Gran Torino$1,579,995-56%2,972164$532$78,184,5742Warner Bros.
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$1,324,433-54%2,534--$523$25,427,9821Lionsgate
4Notorious (2009)$1,071,494-63%1,638--$654$24,464,4051Fox Searchlight
5Hotel for Dogs$701,891-88%3,271--$215$23,566,7301Paramount / DreamWorks
6Defiance (2008)$690,424-57%1,7891787$386$11,543,6973Paramount Vantage
7Bride Wars$687,176-69%3,2282$213$40,392,5782Fox
8The Unborn (2009)$390,178-68%2,3592$165$34,174,5982Universal / Rogue
9Marley & Me$387,176-72%2,952-526$131$134,309,6004Fox
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$369,207-63%2,223-724$166$103,976,0824Paramount