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, Mar. 25 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 25 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knowing$1,586,397-15%3,332--$476$29,867,7161Summit
2I Love You, Man$1,562,033-12%2,711--$576$22,858,4151Paramount / DreamWorks
3Duplicity$989,688-16%2,574--$384$17,168,3311Universal
4Race to Witch Mountain$767,870-6%3,1870$241$46,901,5992Disney
5Watchmen$575,847-10%3,510-101$164$99,987,2353Warner Bros.
6The Last House on the Left (2009)$456,165-14%2,4021$190$25,404,4012Universal / Rogue
7Taken$311,264-7%2,661-197$117$134,039,8218Fox
8Slumdog Millionaire$238,859-13%2,067-511$116$137,930,15819Fox Searchlight
9Coraline$192,334-6%1,431-337$134$73,423,2367Focus
10Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail$161,551-4%1,835-368$88$87,764,0745Lionsgate