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. 23 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 23 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$18,801,277--3,656--$5,143$18,801,2770Fox
2Avatar$16,445,2912%3,452--$4,764$125,943,0531Fox
3The Princess and the Frog$2,451,123-22%3,47541$705$53,226,3142Disney
4The Blind Side$2,177,448-2%3,40719$639$171,123,3415Warner Bros.
5Up in the Air$1,726,665219%1,8951823$911$11,009,8773Paramount
6Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,033,367-14%2,718--$380$9,937,1651Sony / Columbia
7Disney's A Christmas Carol$979,285-5%1,736-666$564$133,705,6357Disney
8The Twilight Saga: New Moon$903,460-14%2,642-993$342$277,522,6465Summit
9Invictus$803,151-4%2,1250$378$18,264,6772Warner Bros.
10Brothers (2009)$424,759-26%1,714-374$248$23,898,4923Lionsgate