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, May. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$16,820,987-29%4,249-100$3,959$457,665,5173Disney
2Battleship$7,029,450-28%3,690--$1,905$25,534,8251Universal
3The Dictator$5,056,092-24%3,008--$1,681$24,476,1731Paramount
4Dark Shadows$3,451,429-35%3,7550$919$50,721,7592Warner Bros.
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,611,017-36%3,021--$864$10,547,0681Lionsgate
6The Hunger Games$855,285-33%2,064-467$414$391,581,4419Lionsgate
7Think Like a Man$678,437-42%1,722-330$394$85,838,4605Sony / Screen Gems
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$573,441-12%1,840-1239$312$25,490,1364Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$447,468-39%2,005-834$223$56,934,6285Warner Bros.
10The Five-Year Engagement$311,375-33%1,175-1394$265$27,103,0104Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,003,886-26%354176$2,836$8,228,0253Fox Searchlight
2Chimpanzee$210,986-23%895-664$236$27,008,5155Disneynature
3Girl in Progress$154,319-15%3220$479$2,137,3712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Wrath of the Titans$153,299-20%36095$426$82,520,2908Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$140,230-30%379-76$370$210,191,32512Universal
6Mirror Mirror$131,745-24%407-200$324$61,551,2368Relativity Media
7The Three Stooges$113,315-44%594-822$191$41,830,6326Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$106,730-34%448-581$238$40,551,6396Lionsgate
9Safe (2012)$102,606-12%503-1187$204$16,589,9504Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$98,716-31%261-328$378$135,700,23310Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$76,850-29%290-231$265$56,494,9557Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$61,802-33%245-15$252$102,859,61515Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Raven$60,523-41%432-1456$140$15,545,7864Relativity Media
14Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$26,976-36%134-66$201$8,721,03711CBS Films
15Lockout$23,418-37%191-64$123$14,291,5706Open Road
16Bully (2012)$20,461-24%204-59$100$3,120,1298Weinstein Company
17A Thousand Words$17,408-32%110-17$158$18,374,52711Paramount
18The Artist$8,569-23%103-648$83$44,549,45126Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$62,109-13%490$1,268$1,835,1695Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Crooked Arrows$50,383-42%55--$916$256,3461Branded/Peck Films
3Act of Valor$25,44152%96-22$265$69,978,44013Relativity Media
4Titanic 3D$16,188-21%70-87$231$57,736,2357Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$15,172-12%340$446$18,920,16459Warner Bros. / IMAX
6This Means War$10,705-63%90-42$119$54,670,70414Fox
7Sound of My Voice$9,357-21%37-9$253$249,7274Fox Searchlight
8Friends With Kids$3,702-15%25-11$148$7,226,51011Roadside Attractions
9Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$3,352-41%17-6$197$1,201,5626Code Black Entertainment
10Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$2,820-35%8-2$353$30,9492UTV Communications
11The Road (2012)$2,033-17%10-40$203$88,8712Freestyle Releasing
12Coriolanus$1,619-24%8-3$202$749,64118Weinstein Company
13Lovely Molly$1,337-34%5--$267$12,5541Image Entertainment
14Undefeated$1,292-23%9-4$144$548,47014Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$54096%3-6$180$49,868,80818Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$466-41%7-4$67$592,5896Roadside Attractions
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15832%1-11$158$43,455,91615Fox
18Touchback$28-90%3-3$9$204,0686Anchor Bay Films