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 Sun, Oct. 4 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 4 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zombieland$5,911,459-37%3,036--$1,947$24,732,3261Sony / Columbia
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$4,496,374-41%2,977-142$1,510$81,500,6643Sony / Columbia
3Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$3,727,295-32%1,745--$2,136$12,491,9231Disney
4Surrogates$1,766,159-45%2,9510$598$26,285,2042Disney
5The Invention of Lying$1,517,042-50%1,707--$889$7,028,0531Warner Bros.
6Whip It$1,076,759-46%1,721--$626$4,651,2461Fox Searchlight
7Fame (2009)$1,048,283-51%3,13337$335$16,508,7592MGM
8The Informant!$773,375-56%2,425-80$319$26,470,2773Warner Bros.
9Love Happens$605,229-51%1,92224$315$18,881,0113Universal
10Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself$576,756-55%1,569-551$368$48,287,7404Lionsgate