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. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$4,814,037-66%4,055--$1,187$48,546,3561Paramount / DreamWorks
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$1,978,722-63%3,384-355$585$295,513,6574Disney
3Hot Tub Time Machine$1,545,088-61%2,754--$561$15,565,5901MGM
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid$1,240,561-59%3,0836$402$37,138,9512Fox
5The Bounty Hunter$1,047,772-64%3,0740$341$39,466,2052Sony / Columbia
6She's Out of My League$403,180-57%2,432-526$166$25,989,7403Paramount
7Green Zone$358,960-62%2,564-440$140$30,833,9653Universal
8Repo Men$352,660-61%2,519-2$140$11,657,3902Universal
9Shutter Island$337,739-61%2,123-581$159$120,950,2916Paramount
10Our Family Wedding$215,073-67%1,132-477$190$17,153,5353Fox Searchlight