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 Mon, Mar. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alice in Wonderland (2010)$2,760,338-72%3,73911$738$268,193,9753Disney
2The Bounty Hunter$1,448,620-70%3,074--$471$22,135,0431Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid$1,035,343-83%3,077--$336$23,161,5091Fox
4Repo Men$605,025-63%2,521--$240$6,731,1951Universal
5She's Out of My League$591,781-62%2,9582$200$20,332,9552Paramount
6Green Zone$570,760-66%3,0041$190$25,422,8952Universal
7Shutter Island$425,875-66%2,704-652$157$116,176,3415Paramount
8Avatar$358,514-71%1,236-482$290$737,627,33714Fox
9Remember Me$272,797-64%2,2153$123$14,191,7192Summit
10Our Family Wedding$240,718-75%1,6094$150$13,848,8252Fox Searchlight