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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Aug. 7 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 7 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$22,159,054--4,007--$5,530$22,159,0541Paramount
2Julie & Julia$6,492,531--2,354--$2,758$6,492,5311Sony / Columbia
3G-Force$3,050,37336%3,482-215$876$79,363,0413Disney
4Funny People$2,601,15634%3,0081$865$35,154,7882Universal
5Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$2,581,09822%3,455-938$747$267,502,8824Warner Bros.
6The Ugly Truth$2,233,14536%2,97593$751$64,320,6293Sony / Columbia
7A Perfect Getaway$2,094,045--2,159--$970$2,094,0451Universal / Rogue
8Aliens in the Attic$1,329,76929%3,1082$428$13,621,0442Fox
9Orphan$1,197,21833%2,270-480$527$32,292,0473Warner Bros.
10Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen$1,034,85174%1,948-678$531$391,740,2777Paramount / DreamWorks