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 Fri, Oct. 30 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 30 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$7,831,333108%3,481--$2,250$19,039,3461Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$6,003,755267%2,404459$2,497$74,243,6503Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$2,412,469161%2,764-126$873$46,490,0533Overture
4Couples Retreat$2,390,228245%3,026-48$790$82,956,9854Universal
5Where the Wild Things Are$1,948,377154%3,645-90$535$58,669,5453Warner Bros.
6Saw VI$1,905,544176%3,0360$628$19,167,4782Lionsgate
7The Stepfather (2009)$1,199,584279%2,346-388$511$22,546,7443Sony / Screen Gems
8Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$990,806200%2,7540$360$8,701,2522Universal
9Astro Boy$975,419238%3,0206$323$8,831,9262Summit
10Amelia$968,380219%1,070250$905$6,274,3502Fox Searchlight