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 Sun, Oct. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$5,681,091-28%2,808--$2,023$24,230,1231Lionsgate
2Paranormal Activity 2$4,219,805-35%3,23923$1,303$65,665,9722Paramount
3Red (2010)$2,586,558-45%3,34976$772$58,823,4303Summit
4Jackass 3D$1,940,287-43%3,13928$618$101,657,5583Paramount
5Hereafter$1,621,090-41%2,424243$669$22,263,7973Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$1,274,542-41%3,1080$410$44,708,8044Disney
7The Social Network$998,994-50%2,767-154$361$79,520,9845Sony / Columbia
8Life As We Know It$864,452-50%2,860-159$302$43,533,3124Warner Bros.
9The Town$478,561-46%1,608-310$298$87,626,8677Warner Bros.
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$435,352-48%2,010-226$217$52,673,8286Warner Bros.
11Easy A$220,594-53%1,262-370$175$56,300,3057Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$487,658-38%565510$863$2,383,7253Fox Searchlight
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$200,688-41%933-322$215$51,219,7336Fox
3Waiting for 'Superman'$123,618-42%33040$375$4,593,1096Paramount Vantage
4Devil$114,255-53%635-7$180$33,099,5607Universal
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,487-42%477-83$221$5,787,0944Focus
6Alpha and Omega$95,726-56%676-51$142$24,087,3987Lionsgate
7Inception$87,945-43%401-51$219$290,948,20816Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$71,285-44%713-976$100$14,637,4904Universal / Rogue
9N-Secure$67,712-51%367-78$185$2,399,1483Freestyle
10Stone$65,873-36%12512$527$1,184,0914Relativity / Overture
11Despicable Me$63,885-49%33511$191$247,877,10517Universal
12Case 39$47,723-36%406-315$118$13,036,8035Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$45,617-35%378-135$121$11,896,4955Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$41,066-46%302-1$136$118,754,88213Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$36,618-34%153-62$239$988,5334Weinstein Company
16Catfish$27,385-27%137-2$200$3,045,9437Universal / Rogue
17Never Let Me Go$25,195-33%126-52$200$2,183,7017Fox Searchlight
18Takers$20,136-54%132-18$153$57,381,62810Sony / Screen Gems
19Resident Evil: Afterlife$19,796-35%140-73$141$60,128,5668Sony / Screen Gems
20Buried$16,334-21%10719$153$970,1016Lionsgate
21Eat Pray Love$16,282-30%111-63$147$80,574,01012Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,914-34%611$622$17,397,15933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$8,041-16%8-1$1,005$760,418,43346Fox
3Lottery Ticket$7,476-55%70-22$107$24,708,69911Warner Bros.
4Under the Sea 3D$6,796-48%160$425$24,641,15290Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Wild Target$6,460-29%4--$1,615$23,1741Freestyle
6Machete$4,638-45%56--$83$26,552,5449Fox
7The American$4,636-45%42-34$110$35,596,2279Focus
8The Tillman Story$4,597-27%240$192$741,40811Weinstein Company
9I Want Your Money$4,018-26%59-113$68$425,8993Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$3,240-34%350$93$472,3947Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$2,830-62%49-5$58$36,645,30511Fox
12Winter's Bone$1,602-33%11-7$146$6,210,51621Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$1,372-72%19--$72$24,990,41211Weinstein Company
14The Concert$1,004-45%61$167$651,54115Weinstein Company
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$527-35%3-5$176$89,8214Anchor Bay