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 Sat, Feb. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Valentine's Day$18,329,27626%3,665--$5,001$32,868,6611Warner Bros. / New Line
2Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,426,36419%3,356--$3,405$21,061,6771Fox
3The Wolfman$10,729,55511%3,222--$3,330$20,379,4451Universal
4Avatar$9,200,438103%2,685-315$3,427$651,707,6289Fox
5Dear John$5,460,26133%2,9756$1,835$47,434,8022Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tooth Fairy$2,341,83785%2,748-470$852$39,538,5714Fox
7From Paris with Love$1,999,55972%2,7220$735$14,274,7102Lionsgate
8Edge of Darkness$1,869,96281%2,615-451$715$34,388,1983Warner Bros.
9Crazy Heart$1,698,59194%1,005186$1,690$15,098,7319Fox Searchlight
10The Book of Eli$1,340,87685%1,825-995$735$86,019,0455Warner Bros.