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, Dec. 10 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 10 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Blind Side$1,468,4594%3,326186$442$134,762,3923Warner Bros.
2The Twilight Saga: New Moon$985,6779%4,12482$239$259,359,7073Summit
3Disney's A Christmas Carol$662,13016%2,546-467$260$117,594,3995Disney
4Brothers (2009)$647,8291%2,088--$310$12,401,7911Lionsgate
52012$479,6723%3,220-224$149$150,936,9304Sony / Columbia
6Ninja Assassin$414,4302%2,5030$166$31,597,2172Warner Bros.
7Old Dogs$404,2573%3,4250$118$35,586,4092Disney
8Armored$387,867-1%1,915--$203$8,246,5211Sony / Screen Gems
9Everybody's Fine (2009)$302,753-1%2,133--$142$5,133,6671Miramax
10Planet 51$199,058-4%2,904-131$69$34,873,9483Sony / TriStar