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, Feb. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$7,412,375-24%3,1212$2,375$77,911,1902Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,920,170-18%3,50030$1,977$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$6,469,785-26%3,174--$2,038$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4The Vow$6,448,359-30%2,9580$2,180$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$4,928,641-29%3,189--$1,546$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,706,808-19%2,6550$1,020$33,839,6662Fox
7Chronicle$2,482,491-21%2,556-352$971$51,098,8093Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$2,180,325-15%1,522--$1,433$6,446,3951Disney
9The Woman in Black$2,007,896-26%2,559-297$785$45,289,8143CBS Films
10The Grey$1,044,010-21%2,107-694$495$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$974,076-25%1,243-338$784$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$825,170-8%1,634-499$505$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$459,647-23%1,009-571$456$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$854,109-16%8080$1,057$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$641,130-5%558-144$1,149$66,741,80813Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$374,546-20%826-831$453$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$358,579-21%623111$576$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$257,275-21%933-1123$276$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$209,835-21%577-798$364$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Contraband$176,400-21%420-661$420$65,765,7056Universal
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$176,045-18%400-102$440$129,683,21810Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$170,185-27%403138$422$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$169,169-23%184-48$919$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$157,611-24%275-194$573$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$135,694-18%30346$448$76,391,1709Paramount
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$118,904-18%189-80$629$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
14War Horse$104,703-13%394-108$266$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
15Man on a Ledge$103,071-25%401-1022$257$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$102,192-2%214-464$478$46,999,1186Disney
17We Bought a Zoo$95,591-25%287-133$333$73,656,6549Fox
18Puss in Boots (2011)$79,53111%163-46$488$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$72,040-14%120-5$600$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$68,854-16%119-32$579$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
21Joyful Noise$65,759-27%340-346$193$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
22Jack and Jill$41,812-17%134-53$312$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
23Happy Feet Two$35,063-16%135-67$260$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
24The Darkest Hour$32,605-21%11395$289$21,319,6969Summit
25The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,306-29%148-82$110$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$74,570-22%98-13$761$1,026,3032UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$54,790-6%451$1,218$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Haywire$23,106-21%79-184$292$18,751,4605Relativity Media
4Shame$21,561-22%44-8$490$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$18,847-11%203$942$206,9463Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$14,615-9%132$1,124$321,9655Weinstein Company
7Undefeated$12,657-2%5--$2,531$33,1651Weinstein Company
8Young Adult$9,350-19%8752$107$16,295,03311Paramount
9Pariah (2011)$7,454-8%130$573$687,9228Focus
10The Devil Inside$4,413-21%34-61$130$53,180,7847Paramount
11New Year's Eve$3,231-41%33-122$98$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,295-26%8-2$287$284,9919FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$1,82743%11-31$166$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
14Immortals$1,366-42%29-4$47$83,502,40315Relativity Media
15Vettai$1,342125%1-1$1,342$202,5816UTV Communications