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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jan. 27 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 27 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hurricane$535,784-4%2,101647$255$24,937,3292Universal
2Next Friday$459,8813%1,17572$391$33,629,7382New Line
3Girl, Interrupted$418,0562%1,93533$216$17,454,3845Sony / Columbia
4The Green Mile$380,2931%2,4830$153$111,497,3117Warner Bros.
5The Talented Mr. Ripley$284,051-6%2,215-154$128$69,309,4125Paramount
6Stuart Little$257,907-5%3,15159$82$119,642,6246Sony / Columbia
7Galaxy Quest$254,507-2%2,259-191$113$55,368,0575DreamWorks
8Magnolia$184,981-3%1,07739$172$13,768,6866New Line
9Toy Story 2$180,8411%1,990-336$91$231,958,9789Disney
10Any Given Sunday$179,237-1%2,201-304$81$69,071,6415Warner Bros.