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, Feb. 4 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 4 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken$1,965,301-8%3,183--$617$31,046,2421Fox
2Slumdog Millionaire$721,847-2%1,633222$442$69,280,13412Fox Searchlight
3Gran Torino$701,414-1%3,015-30$233$112,289,5324Warner Bros.
4Paul Blart: Mall Cop$665,783-3%3,20662$208$85,306,0633Sony / Columbia
5Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$596,855-10%2,9420$203$35,160,3142Sony / Screen Gems
6New in Town$472,038-3%1,941--$243$8,149,8181Lionsgate
7The Uninvited$371,380-11%2,344--$158$11,569,7811Paramount / DreamWorks
8My Bloody Valentine 3D$347,693-8%1,406-1128$247$45,959,6063Lionsgate
9Hotel for Dogs$331,99811%3,160-111$105$49,099,3253Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$291,851-2%2,126-137$137$117,336,1316Paramount