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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Dec. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Princess and the Frog$1,381,2957%3,4343432$402$32,530,4091Disney
2The Blind Side$1,313,3938%3,38862$388$154,705,0984Warner Bros.
3Disney's A Christmas Carol$844,84012%2,402-144$352$127,371,3826Disney
4Invictus$733,118-5%2,125--$345$11,674,7851Warner Bros.
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$721,2752%3,635-489$198$270,189,8454Summit
6Brothers (2009)$480,321-4%2,0880$230$19,460,7412Lionsgate
72012$386,2923%2,838-382$136$156,824,1985Sony / Columbia
8Old Dogs$347,12413%3,090-335$112$41,284,8043Disney
9Armored$285,829-3%1,9194$149$12,970,0232Sony / Screen Gems
10Ninja Assassin$283,431-4%2,100-403$135$35,487,0143Warner Bros.