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 Fri, Aug. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$10,494,145--3,316--$3,165$10,494,1451Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$5,310,49574%3,7538$1,415$57,871,5752Universal
3ParaNorman$4,598,833--3,429--$1,341$4,598,8331Focus
4Sparkle (2012)$4,521,165--2,244--$2,015$4,521,1651Sony / TriStar
5The Campaign$4,146,16268%3,25550$1,274$42,454,6992Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,395,68172%2,598--$1,307$7,673,6961Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$3,122,13654%3,157-533$989$401,898,0475Warner Bros.
8Hope Springs (2012)$2,760,76377%2,3610$1,169$28,712,5552Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,168,72530%2,737-664$427$36,081,0463Fox
10Total Recall (2012)$1,061,56317%2,434-1167$436$49,344,0063Sony / Columbia
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$843,55916%2,274-829$371$148,029,9756Fox
12Ted (2012)$485,13528%1,169-1039$415$212,006,4408Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up Revolution$316,01612%905-993$349$32,052,4344Lionsgate / Summit
2Ek Tha Tiger$299,847120%118--$2,541$644,9111Yash Raj Films
3The Amazing Spider-Man$229,494-10%598-987$384$256,906,0127Sony / Columbia
4Brave$224,699-1%641-618$351$228,530,2179Disney
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$204,799245%406100$504$212,181,47611Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Watch$164,775-29%513-1950$321$32,724,9614Fox
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$153,07459%236-50$649$7,700,7508Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$141,26141%282-165$501$42,604,06913Focus
9Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$93,780-22%424-376$221$2,858,9512ARC Entertainment
10The Intouchables$91,42067%1940$471$9,609,83913Weinstein Company
11Men in Black 3$88,749--258-37$344$177,912,91213Sony / Columbia
12Ruby Sparks$82,72841%218-43$379$1,578,0994Fox Searchlight
13Magic Mike$67,286-1%255-195$264$112,588,0798Warner Bros.
14Snow White and the Huntsman$67,09575%244-29$275$154,519,14012Universal
15The Hunger Games$66,51043%230-30$289$407,549,76722Lionsgate
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$34,28548%199-165$172$64,880,0558Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$31,46717%128-56$246$45,515,44016Fox Searchlight
18Savages$30,0301%154-164$195$46,983,2457Universal
19Prometheus$22,91232%101-40$227$126,142,24111Fox
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$20,23554%105-25$193$37,254,0549Fox
21Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$19,250-13%140-62$138$25,197,5707Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$53,19815%520$1,023$7,550,98318Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$26,098--3--$8,699$222,6711Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$14,8830%330$451$20,548,66272Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$11,7073%54-19$217$3,654,31411FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$3,52932%5-2$706$156,1206Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$90847%7-5$130$292,08612GKIDS