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, Apr. 13 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 13 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hannah Montana: The Movie$4,624,1604%3,118--$1,483$36,947,5651Disney
2Monsters vs. Aliens$3,378,708-26%4,13627$817$143,585,8543Paramount / DreamWorks
3Fast & Furious$2,656,238-57%3,47211$765$119,151,9892Universal
4Observe and Report$1,102,648-54%2,727--$404$12,121,1641Warner Bros.
5Knowing$725,791-53%2,925-398$248$68,492,9324Summit
6The Haunting in Connecticut$701,749-45%2,721-11$258$47,191,6473Lionsgate
7I Love You, Man$698,455-53%2,643-186$264$59,561,4874Paramount / DreamWorks
8Dragonball Evolution$521,518-48%2,181--$239$5,277,2531Fox
9Adventureland$401,452-49%1,87614$214$11,772,2692Miramax
10Race to Witch Mountain$330,346-23%2,172-653$152$62,294,9795Disney