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 Mon, Nov. 23 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 23 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: New Moon$10,506,102-62%4,024--$2,611$153,345,1111Summit
2The Blind Side$3,658,680-61%3,110--$1,176$37,778,0081Warner Bros.
32012$2,293,446-68%3,4084$673$110,425,1792Sony / Columbia
4Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,178,631-67%3,578-105$329$81,015,9803Disney
5Planet 51$982,477-72%3,035--$324$13,268,3711Sony / TriStar
6The Men Who Stare at Goats$303,092-57%2,056-397$147$27,982,4403Overture
7Michael Jackson's This Is It$193,045-59%1,640-1397$118$70,450,0514Sony / Columbia
8The Fourth Kind$173,953-56%1,648-882$106$23,534,8073Universal
9Law Abiding Citizen$169,492-57%1,327-744$128$70,184,5526Overture
10Couples Retreat$162,519-59%1,712-797$95$105,156,2247Universal