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 Fri, Sep. 25 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 25 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$5,611,070372%3,1190$1,799$41,046,4142Sony / Columbia
2Surrogates$5,053,221--2,951--$1,712$5,053,2211Disney
3Fame (2009)$3,539,389--3,096--$1,143$3,539,3891MGM
4The Informant!$2,058,996156%2,5050$822$16,135,9022Warner Bros.
5Pandorum$1,565,561--2,506--$625$1,565,5611Overture
6Love Happens$1,441,790176%1,8980$760$11,841,5752Universal
7Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself$1,376,686206%2,120-135$649$41,170,1163Lionsgate
8Jennifer's Body$1,124,007170%2,73836$411$9,928,9102Fox
99 (2009)$796,437163%2,025-35$393$25,064,0063Focus
10Inglourious Basterds$775,419108%1,960-559$396$112,513,3896Weinstein Company