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, Mar. 31 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 31 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters vs. Aliens$3,370,772-4%4,104--$821$66,215,9131Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Haunting in Connecticut$1,278,846-5%2,732--$468$25,629,9901Lionsgate
3I Love You, Man$1,156,1655%2,7176$426$39,330,2072Paramount / DreamWorks
4Knowing$1,050,8289%3,3375$315$48,231,8912Summit
5Duplicity$658,27924%2,5795$255$26,942,9962Universal
6Race to Witch Mountain$417,40411%3,26881$128$54,253,6503Disney
712 Rounds$401,25013%2,331--$172$6,087,4781Fox
8Watchmen$263,0764%2,010-1500$131$103,790,5044Warner Bros.
9The Last House on the Left (2009)$247,8955%2,251-151$110$28,977,0663Universal / Rogue
10Taken$205,6508%1,961-700$105$137,455,2389Fox