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. 29 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 29 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$3,762,280-49%3,481--$1,081$11,208,0130Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$1,634,29711%1,9451185$840$68,239,8952Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$925,7872%2,8900$320$44,077,5842Overture
4Where the Wild Things Are$767,5877%3,683-52$208$56,721,1682Warner Bros.
5Couples Retreat$691,9987%3,07465$225$80,566,7573Universal
6Saw VI$690,9562%3,036--$228$17,261,9341Lionsgate
7Zombieland$330,82012%2,447-724$135$68,558,6394Sony / Columbia
8Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$330,2914%2,754--$120$7,710,4461Universal
9The Stepfather (2009)$316,16216%2,7340$116$21,347,1602Sony / Screen Gems
10Astro Boy$288,72712%3,014--$96$7,856,5071Summit