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 Mon, Oct. 12 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 12 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Couples Retreat$4,006,501-52%3,000--$1,336$38,295,0231Universal
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$2,575,130-23%2,99215$861$98,351,5884Sony / Columbia
3Zombieland$1,933,298-52%3,0382$636$49,534,6822Sony / Columbia
4Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$1,314,694-46%1,7527$750$24,080,5892Disney
5Surrogates$590,708-50%2,99241$197$33,316,7173Disney
6The Invention of Lying$458,501-45%1,74336$263$12,754,1222Warner Bros.
7Whip It$391,753-48%1,73817$225$9,188,3652Fox Searchlight
8Fame (2009)$385,415-43%3,110-23$124$20,414,7913MGM
9The Informant!$314,994-42%2,202-223$143$30,166,0344Warner Bros.
10Love Happens$189,568-47%1,894-28$100$21,442,7314Universal