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, Nov. 5 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 5 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Michael Jackson's This Is It$2,169,8773%3,4810$623$43,854,1251Sony / Columbia
2Paranormal Activity$982,6319%2,404459$409$88,827,7023Paramount
3Law Abiding Citizen$804,33110%2,764-126$291$54,697,6693Overture
4Couples Retreat$665,30013%3,026-48$220$89,553,0994Universal
5Where the Wild Things Are$593,77317%3,645-38$163$65,046,2013Warner Bros.
6Saw VI$388,8624%3,0360$128$24,220,0322Lionsgate
7Amelia$309,0256%1,070250$289$9,540,6402Fox Searchlight
8Astro Boy$274,42226%3,0206$91$12,485,9712Summit
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$268,12743%2,322-419$115$119,710,1457Sony / Columbia
10Zombieland$263,60111%2,056-391$128$72,207,6265Sony / Columbia