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 Thu, Oct. 1 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 1 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$984,6149%3,1190$316$65,690,6142Sony / Columbia
2Surrogates$874,823-5%2,951--$296$19,043,8051Disney
3The Informant!$474,840-6%2,5050$190$22,781,6472Warner Bros.
4Fame (2009)$380,680-2%3,096--$123$11,881,5541MGM
5Love Happens$332,382-6%1,8980$175$16,131,9532Universal
6Pandorum$319,446-3%2,506--$127$5,896,1451Overture
7Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself$257,5236%2,120-135$121$45,687,0553Lionsgate
8Inglourious Basterds$254,4570%1,960-559$130$115,476,2756Weinstein Company
9Jennifer's Body$244,3872%2,73836$89$13,522,5722Fox
109 (2009)$183,3004%1,592-468$115$28,042,7823Focus