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, Sep. 2 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 2 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inglourious Basterds$1,683,099-15%3,1650$532$78,646,4072Weinstein Company
2The Final Destination$1,678,953-24%3,121--$538$33,532,3701Warner Bros. / New Line
3District 9$896,037-17%3,180130$282$93,386,7003Sony / TriStar
4Halloween II (2009)$794,394-26%3,025--$263$19,313,5121Weinstein / Dimension
5Julie & Julia$727,265-12%2,50340$291$72,902,0624Sony / Columbia
6The Time Traveler's Wife$581,248-17%2,961-27$196$49,757,8483Warner Bros. / New Line
7G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$491,274-18%3,467-486$142$133,820,4834Paramount
8Shorts$266,917-23%3,1050$86$14,169,9862Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$239,863-18%1,3931391$172$4,306,8001Focus Features
10Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$197,686-11%1,508-428$131$294,908,7967Warner Bros.