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. 19 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 19 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Where the Wild Things Are$1,974,898-76%3,735--$529$34,670,0051Warner Bros.
2Law Abiding Citizen$1,704,001-66%2,890--$590$22,743,8121Overture
3Couples Retreat$1,083,407-71%3,0099$360$63,703,1112Universal
4Zombieland$592,504-69%3,171133$187$61,229,7943Sony / Columbia
5The Stepfather (2009)$572,785-74%2,734--$210$12,153,5941Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$357,258-84%3,03745$118$108,557,1295Sony / Columbia
7Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (3D)$151,828-82%1,489-263$102$28,704,4223Disney
8Surrogates$150,324-68%2,326-666$65$36,479,4384Disney
9The Invention of Lying$137,361-68%1,624-119$85$15,635,8843Warner Bros.
10Whip It$110,645-69%1,482-256$75$11,473,7813Fox Searchlight