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 Wed, Aug. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,688,489-21%4,242-162$870$367,022,4933Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,265,292--2,361--$959$2,265,2920Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,263,587-29%3,601--$629$34,026,8911Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,720,108-25%3,391--$507$20,612,2191Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,205,025-19%3,542-327$340$136,029,7464Fox
6The Watch$816,866-25%3,1680$258$28,423,7042Fox
7Step Up Revolution$786,914-29%2,60639$302$26,547,4942Lionsgate / Summit
8Ted (2012)$685,025-21%2,585-544$265$205,952,8106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$580,285-24%2,216-944$262$252,768,5045Sony / Columbia
10Brave$468,501-14%1,883-668$249$224,944,6287Disney
11Magic Mike$192,324-30%1,202-873$160$111,618,2676Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$665,679--800--$832$665,6790ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$166,156-10%687-166$242$41,296,84211Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$132,491-13%318110$417$6,308,8966Fox Searchlight
4Savages$101,520-33%564-850$180$46,475,8455Universal
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,785-20%504-304$182$211,160,9319Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$70,390-25%737-374$96$64,391,4406Lionsgate
7The Hunger Games$67,749-3%291-19$233$406,900,77720Lionsgate
8The Intouchables$64,604-16%1940$333$8,859,35311Weinstein Company
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,350-12%309-46$150$153,978,27510Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$45,009-19%230-46$196$45,164,54814Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$28,221-35%277-329$102$24,903,7395Paramount
12Prometheus$25,980-17%198-31$131$125,911,0679Fox
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$17,791-10%165-32$108$37,070,7097Fox
14Safety Not Guaranteed$17,659-14%121-28$146$3,523,7899FilmDistrict
15Dark Shadows$13,439-23%132-90$102$79,675,43913Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$7,893-14%145-157$54$38,479,2728Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$58,4583%520$1,124$7,022,15616Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,730-25%6451$527$763,6042Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,8947%330$542$20,389,56570Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$14,0524%39-17$360$64,918,99019Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$2,650-9%61$442$122,1134Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$2,549-35%50--$51$35,1961Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,244-35%34-55$66$5,662,36610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$1,9897%142$142$279,66410GKIDS