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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jun. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,876,320-72%4,3678$888$150,687,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,459,000-41%3,445--$1,004$54,503,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$3,075,165-60%3,646--$843$40,888,2401Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,386,018-70%3,804-373$364$281,039,1674Paramount
5Robin Hood$1,096,225-64%3,373-132$325$87,240,6303Universal
6Letters to Juliet$710,253-57%2,825-150$251$38,906,1953Summit
7MacGruber$254,845-44%2,546-5$100$7,929,2902Universal / Rogue
8Just Wright$220,853-67%1,195-636$185$19,054,0733Fox Searchlight
9Date Night$182,809-63%1,126-743$162$94,188,1748Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$102,000-50%891-1234$114$62,009,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
2How to Train Your Dragon$90,887-75%825-926$110$213,208,78310Paramount / DreamWorks
3Babies$59,212-64%301-94$197$6,149,9834Focus
4The Back-up Plan$36,019-47%391-688$92$36,631,0096CBS Films
5City Island$34,510-71%201-33$172$4,896,64711Anchor Bay
6Hot Tub Time Machine$29,000-53%36486$80$50,036,00010MGM
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$28,247-66%283-69$100$62,798,11511Fox
8Kites$22,353-59%176-32$127$1,519,9982Reliance Big Cinema
9Kick-Ass$22,078-52%163-146$135$47,530,3057Lionsgate
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$22,000-61%225-187$98$161,402,0009Warner Bros.
11Shutter Island$15,386-53%201-55$77$127,860,42715Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,773-64%17744$78$59,996,4029Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$8,780-77%247-1122$36$16,510,6385Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$7,176-67%108-58$66$88,610,25416Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$71,000-21%480$1,479$7,175,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$16,992-30%84-83$202$749,090,09224Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$14,00065%180$778$22,241,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,811-62%38-9$337$639,7963Roadside Attractions
5The Losers$7,200-55%83-102$87$23,254,0006Warner Bros.
6Solitary Man$6,935-74%62$1,156$250,0222Anchor Bay
7The Ghost Writer$6,671-67%58-28$115$15,338,31015Summit
8The Tooth Fairy$3,836-64%76-39$50$59,969,48519Fox
9The Secret of Kells$2,284-74%252$91$544,25713GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$2,207-93%52-32$42$20,220,05212Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$1,642-64%153$109$288,8028Apparition
12The Runaways$560-50%11-19$51$3,572,29511Apparition
13Letters to God$500-67%14-25$36$2,840,0008Vivendi
14The Joneses$339-49%8-19$42$1,436,0937Roadside Attractions