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, Jul. 7 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 7 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$7,076,5507%4,099--$1,726$80,417,7511Fox
2Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$5,760,502-10%4,2340$1,361$305,525,6522Paramount / DreamWorks
3Public Enemies$3,384,128-4%3,334--$1,015$47,060,6981Universal
4The Proposal$2,424,00212%3,09941$782$98,931,5073Disney
5The Hangover$1,951,347-1%3,070-455$636$208,971,9735Warner Bros.
6My Sister's Keeper$1,413,12812%2,6060$542$29,198,5482Warner Bros.
7Up$1,180,74114%2,656-831$445$267,033,4656Disney
8Year One$497,551-2%2,240-784$222$39,308,3633Sony / Columbia
9The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3$376,2947%1,908-1087$197$59,237,1804Sony / Columbia
10Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$343,4278%1,419-831$242$168,369,0367Fox