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 Sat, Nov. 7 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 7 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disney's A Christmas Carol$13,132,06448%3,683--$3,566$22,015,1131Disney
2Michael Jackson's This Is It$5,676,15341%3,4810$1,631$53,559,1542Sony / Columbia
3The Men Who Stare at Goats$5,290,06314%2,443--$2,165$9,931,6661Overture
4The Fourth Kind$4,776,602-4%2,527--$1,890$9,767,8051Universal
5Paranormal Activity$3,684,43329%2,558154$1,440$95,375,3944Paramount
6The Box$3,183,09112%2,635--$1,208$6,030,6671Warner Bros.
7Couples Retreat$2,885,15142%2,857-169$1,010$94,466,6085Universal
8Law Abiding Citizen$2,697,78143%2,474-290$1,090$59,280,5534Overture
9Where the Wild Things Are$1,867,96357%2,756-889$678$68,102,0734Warner Bros.
10Astro Boy$1,234,516126%1,918-1102$644$14,266,6153Summit