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. 11 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 11 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover$6,091,301-8%3,269--$1,863$71,975,4241Warner Bros.
2Up$5,125,6199%3,81852$1,342$156,661,3502Disney
3Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$1,822,81413%3,807-294$479$133,846,7463Fox
4Land of the Lost$1,672,2202%3,521--$475$25,830,5741Universal
5Star Trek$954,5555%3,202-305$298$226,429,0365Paramount
6Terminator Salvation$865,3900%3,304-298$262$109,139,3233Warner Bros.
7Drag Me to Hell$740,9302%2,5102$295$31,280,9292Universal
8Angels & Demons$726,5232%2,925-539$248$119,102,5874Sony / Columbia
9My Life in Ruins$349,175-3%1,164--$300$4,659,4191Fox Searchlight
10X-Men Origins: Wolverine$219,6972%1,391-872$158$175,215,8896Fox