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 Wed, Jul. 22 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 22 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$7,518,396-21%4,32550$1,738$184,976,2461Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$2,706,229-20%3,817-24$709$160,327,5933Fox
3Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$1,706,069-16%3,857-436$442$369,324,2294Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Proposal$1,371,341-13%3,043123$451$132,225,3615Disney
5The Hangover$1,171,403-13%2,6670$439$239,385,1977Warner Bros.
6Public Enemies$1,012,820-18%3,118-3$325$82,899,2953Universal
7BrĂ¼no$939,922-24%2,7590$341$52,888,2002Universal
8Up$590,248-17%1,70620$346$281,364,5658Disney
9My Sister's Keeper$558,938-12%1,9670$284$43,202,4984Warner Bros.
10I Love You Beth Cooper$542,935-19%1,87214$290$12,121,9352Fox