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, Nov. 6 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 6 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disney's A Christmas Carol$8,883,049--3,683--$2,412$8,883,0491Disney
2The Fourth Kind$4,991,203--2,527--$1,975$4,991,2031Universal
3The Men Who Stare at Goats$4,641,603--2,443--$1,900$4,641,6031Overture
4Michael Jackson's This Is It$4,028,87686%3,4810$1,157$47,883,0012Sony / Columbia
5Paranormal Activity$2,863,259191%2,558154$1,119$91,690,9614Paramount
6The Box$2,847,576--2,635--$1,081$2,847,5761Warner Bros.
7Couples Retreat$2,028,358205%2,857-169$710$91,581,4575Universal
8Law Abiding Citizen$1,885,103134%2,474-290$762$56,582,7724Overture
9Where the Wild Things Are$1,187,909100%2,756-889$431$66,234,1104Warner Bros.
10Saw VI$710,53983%2,091-945$340$24,930,5713Lionsgate