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, Jun. 9 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 9 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover$6,589,690-14%3,269--$2,016$59,228,2011Warner Bros.
2Up$4,902,7224%3,81852$1,284$146,817,3512Disney
3Land of the Lost$1,778,880-6%3,521--$505$22,520,4281Universal
4Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$1,623,37211%3,807-294$426$130,407,7653Fox
5Star Trek$925,5010%3,202-305$289$224,565,4265Paramount
6Terminator Salvation$901,089-4%3,304-298$273$107,407,2403Warner Bros.
7Angels & Demons$782,35211%2,925-539$267$117,662,4884Sony / Columbia
8Drag Me to Hell$778,909-3%2,5102$310$29,812,0822Universal
9My Life in Ruins$409,74229%1,164--$352$3,949,1051Fox Searchlight
10X-Men Origins: Wolverine$217,195-1%1,391-872$156$174,781,2326Fox