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 Wed, Jan. 21 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 21 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gran Torino$1,654,7105%2,972164$557$79,839,2842Warner Bros.
2Paul Blart: Mall Cop$1,195,851-25%3,144--$380$42,021,6241Sony / Columbia
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$1,098,778-17%2,534--$434$26,526,7601Lionsgate
4Notorious (2009)$842,696-21%1,638--$514$25,307,1011Fox Searchlight
5Defiance (2008)$676,885-2%1,7891787$378$12,220,5823Paramount Vantage
6Bride Wars$607,466-12%3,2282$188$41,000,0442Fox
7Hotel for Dogs$504,722-28%3,271--$154$24,071,4521Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$409,92011%2,223-724$184$104,386,0024Paramount
9Last Chance Harvey$384,87230%1,0541038$365$6,285,2914Overture
10Marley & Me$367,376-5%2,952-526$124$134,676,9764Fox