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 Thu, Aug. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,036,110-6%3,316--$614$38,813,9441Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,407,375-3%3,7538$375$76,186,2152Universal
3The Dark Knight Rises$1,171,137-2%3,157-533$371$415,032,9015Warner Bros.
4The Campaign$1,168,423-7%3,25550$359$57,103,1722Warner Bros.
5ParaNorman$1,134,456-5%3,429--$331$19,622,2891Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,005,380-5%2,59847$387$19,954,4901Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$926,992-2%2,3610$393$39,081,4642Sony / Columbia
8Sparkle (2012)$588,145-5%2,244--$262$14,673,0741Sony / TriStar
9Hit and Run$568,023-9%2,698--$211$1,193,0340Open Road
10Total Recall (2012)$372,0621%2,151-1450$173$53,413,3373Sony / Columbia
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$370,130-8%2,308-1093$160$40,637,6003Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$330,098-3%1,930-917$171$151,748,7756Fox
13Ted (2012)$168,0050%1,018-925$165$213,815,3758Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$101,133-5%576-534$176$229,572,2669Disney
2Step Up Revolution$94,5239%905-993$104$33,209,4134Lionsgate / Summit
3The Amazing Spider-Man$94,273-3%542-853$174$257,863,9377Sony / Columbia
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$88,691-3%406100$218$213,083,26111Paramount / DreamWorks
5Moonrise Kingdom$77,050-2%282-165$273$43,269,76813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$72,1091%230-52$314$8,396,5938Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$53,0181%1940$273$10,095,19713Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$34,6558%194-58$179$1,941,8464Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$34,1377%395-1613$86$33,234,6774Fox
10Magic Mike$32,3606%255-195$127$112,858,1028Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,505-1%298-502$92$3,221,5902ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$24,505-4%244-26$100$154,762,03012Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,3761%230-30$84$407,769,16022Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,6622%120-47$147$45,661,02416Fox Searchlight
15Savages$13,090-11%154-164$85$47,118,0457Universal
16Prometheus$11,3563%101-40$112$126,239,79511Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,7372%140-62$70$25,281,6717Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,5206%105-25$91$37,344,3989Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,9443%199-165$40$64,994,5428Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,325-1%520$775$7,820,10518Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,2073%330$370$20,628,66672Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Safety Not Guaranteed$6,96216%54-19$129$3,706,92811FilmDistrict
4Cosmopolis$6,4235%3--$2,141$293,8201Entertainment One Films
5Easy Money (2012)$1,5348%5-2$307$171,7726Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$1,09537%7-5$156$297,68812GKIDS