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, Sep. 8 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 8 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inglourious Basterds$1,012,929-70%3,358193$302$96,158,1903Weinstein Company
2The Final Destination$937,310-68%3,1210$300$51,373,4162Warner Bros. / New Line
3All About Steve$770,622-73%2,251--$342$14,827,8721Fox
4Gamer$745,718-64%2,502--$298$11,951,1291Lionsgate
5District 9$579,787-72%3,139-41$185$103,968,7144Sony / TriStar
6Julie & Julia$462,523-74%2,52825$183$81,185,0745Sony / Columbia
7Halloween II (2009)$412,955-63%3,08863$134$27,341,6182Weinstein / Dimension
8Extract$365,911-69%1,611--$227$5,879,4011Miramax
9The Time Traveler's Wife$335,019-71%2,803-158$120$56,146,6614Warner Bros. / New Line
10G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$279,088-82%2,846-621$98$141,299,6515Paramount