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 Thu, Jun. 4 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 4 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Up$6,169,5921%3,766--$1,638$93,071,5451Disney
2Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$2,280,6316%4,1015$556$112,690,5482Fox
3Terminator Salvation$1,434,481-7%3,60272$398$97,321,9852Warner Bros.
4Star Trek$1,229,816-3%3,507-546$351$214,403,7894Paramount
5Drag Me to Hell$1,166,128-8%2,508--$465$21,190,6831Universal
6Angels & Demons$1,068,771-11%3,464-63$309$109,627,0823Sony / Columbia
7Dance Flick$400,0315%2,4599$163$20,667,7962Paramount
8X-Men Origins: Wolverine$388,231-1%2,263-920$172$172,420,2975Fox
9Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$246,447-3%1,450-805$170$50,990,5075Warner Bros. / New Line