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 Wed, Dec. 16 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 16 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Princess and the Frog$1,285,727-11%3,4343432$374$31,149,1141Disney
2The Blind Side$1,212,410-4%3,38862$358$153,391,7054Warner Bros.
3Invictus$769,111-9%2,125--$362$10,941,6671Warner Bros.
4Disney's A Christmas Carol$755,9062%2,402-144$315$126,526,5426Disney
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$708,427-4%3,635-489$195$269,468,5704Summit
6Brothers (2009)$498,977-12%2,0880$239$18,980,4202Lionsgate
72012$375,074-8%2,838-382$132$156,437,9065Sony / Columbia
8Old Dogs$308,421-13%3,090-335$100$40,937,6803Disney
9Armored$295,370-13%1,9194$154$12,684,1942Sony / Screen Gems
10Ninja Assassin$294,280-6%2,100-403$140$35,203,5833Warner Bros.