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, Feb. 9 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 9 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1He's Just Not That Into You$1,847,268-71%3,175--$582$29,633,1081Warner Bros. / New Line
2Taken$1,300,376-75%3,1841$408$54,908,2022Fox
3Coraline$1,078,497-79%2,299--$469$17,928,0341Focus
4Push$648,552-74%2,313--$280$10,727,4841Summit
5Paul Blart: Mall Cop$532,684-82%3,169-37$168$97,421,3744Sony / Columbia
6Slumdog Millionaire$525,827-73%1,72491$305$77,729,04213Fox Searchlight
7The Pink Panther 2$489,329-84%3,243--$151$12,077,6631Sony / Columbia
8Gran Torino$471,088-75%2,705-310$174$120,670,2195Warner Bros.
9Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$335,746-72%2,042-900$164$40,179,5953Sony / Screen Gems
10The Uninvited$313,761-76%2,3440$134$18,556,7192Paramount / DreamWorks