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 Thu, Apr. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$5,242,11416%4,055--$1,293$63,125,8721Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Last Song$4,262,512-17%2,673--$1,595$9,387,6150Disney
3Clash of the Titans (2010)$2,655,005--3,777--$703$2,655,0050Warner Bros.
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$2,066,0038%3,243-496$637$301,525,6934Disney
5Hot Tub Time Machine$1,421,1795%2,771--$513$19,839,4971MGM
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$1,241,69713%3,0836$403$40,710,9782Fox
7The Bounty Hunter$1,144,15313%3,0740$372$42,761,5462Sony / Columbia
8She's Out of My League$413,0139%2,432-526$170$27,196,0223Paramount
9Shutter Island$333,8982%2,123-581$157$121,952,5346Paramount
10Green Zone$320,555-3%2,136-868$150$31,870,0253Universal