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, Aug. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$7,199,500-27%3,025--$2,380$27,059,1301Universal
2The Wolverine$6,217,919-28%3,9240$1,585$94,638,7402Fox
3The Smurfs 2$4,920,376-31%3,866--$1,273$27,109,2601Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$3,552,439-31%3,11593$1,140$107,956,9073Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$2,886,300-31%3,207-269$900$326,411,5855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$2,150,772-35%3,075-183$699$116,195,2754Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,793,743-30%2,985-824$601$69,307,4593Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$1,591,385-32%2,755-261$578$45,059,4333Lionsgate / Summit
9Pacific Rim$1,403,194-22%1,803-799$778$92,881,0444Warner Bros.
10The Heat$1,239,678-38%2,074-310$598$149,464,9576Fox
11Fruitvale Station$750,119-32%1,08622$691$10,852,4564Weinstein Company
12The Way, Way Back$711,018-41%1,001115$710$13,552,6535Fox Searchlight
13R.I.P.D.$706,745-28%1,703-1147$415$30,482,0953Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$548,436-26%912-528$601$195,882,1937Paramount
2Monsters University$427,828-26%879-591$487$258,565,2387Disney
3The To Do List$188,885-22%585-6$323$3,094,9652CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$187,529-31%553-714$339$86,765,3525Disney
5White House Down$160,038-25%353-323$453$71,589,1706Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$143,762-26%300120$479$226,222,38012Paramount
7Man of Steel$139,086-27%304-197$458$287,681,3978Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$122,2446%168-102$728$96,219,8158Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$114,2382%206-9$555$115,476,00510Lionsgate / Summit
10Fast & Furious 6$72,450-21%230-37$315$238,019,99011Universal
11Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$66,429-36%214-284$310$32,009,5465Lionsgate / Summit
12The Internship$65,2597%172-25$379$44,221,6669Fox
13Epic$64,752-30%255-34$254$106,648,83311Fox
14The Hangover Part III$53,760229%103-44$522$112,142,86011Warner Bros.
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$52,343-26%228-43$230$144,512,21513Warner Bros.
16After Earth$40,606-18%146-21$278$60,273,47010Sony / Columbia
17The Croods$40,519-28%162-32$250$186,651,13320Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18The Purge$27,720-22%132-25$210$64,423,6509Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$58,232-16%4--$14,558$197,4151A24
2Unfinished Song$24,338-34%68-14$358$1,406,7027Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$17,055-24%58-19$294$4,099,0659Roadside Attractions
4Mud$17,012-36%62-11$274$21,472,04715Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$9,820-46%36-191$273$1,346,6033Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$6,313-38%395$162$5,773,3538A24
7Stories We Tell$3,779-38%173$222$1,555,44913Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$2,954-16%9-5$328$1,511,79815Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$2,886-17%20-15$144$49,786,46215Paramount
10Copperhead$1,030-36%20$515$167,2966Brainstorm Media