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 Sun, Jun. 28 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 28 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$32,020,549-20%4,234--$7,563$200,077,9961Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Proposal$5,309,337-26%3,0582$1,736$69,163,5732Disney
3The Hangover$5,129,491-22%3,525-20$1,455$183,059,1194Warner Bros.
4Up$4,047,768-20%3,487-345$1,161$250,234,6495Disney
5My Sister's Keeper$3,386,948-14%2,606--$1,300$12,442,9531Warner Bros.
6Year One$1,774,921-19%3,0242$587$32,527,5162Sony / Columbia
7The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3$1,574,856-32%2,995-82$526$53,455,7723Sony / Columbia
8Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$1,055,443-25%2,250-712$469$163,390,9146Fox
9Star Trek$963,403-38%1,823-484$528$246,332,2298Paramount
10Land of the Lost$360,451-23%1,504-1441$240$46,818,7154Universal