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. 29 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 29 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G-Force$4,691,403-1%3,697--$1,269$45,401,2581Disney
2Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$4,582,34114%4,455130$1,029$233,920,7942Warner Bros.
3The Ugly Truth$3,411,330-10%2,882--$1,184$38,453,6691Sony / Columbia
4Orphan$1,643,281-8%2,750--$598$18,032,1131Warner Bros.
5Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs$1,356,7332%3,300-517$411$175,339,9914Fox
6The Proposal$1,061,5202%2,779-264$382$143,023,7496Disney
7Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$1,033,069-11%3,237-620$319$382,545,7615Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Hangover$951,4253%2,285-382$416$249,816,5278Warner Bros.
9Public Enemies$618,869-2%2,291-827$270$90,114,6044Universal
10BrĂ¼no$398,565-7%1,895-864$210$57,883,3123Universal