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 Tue, Jan. 1 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$10,248,53928%3,3590$3,051$174,115,4142New Line
2Ocean's Eleven$4,847,75310%3,0750$1,577$136,994,2824Warner Bros.
3Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$3,762,0178%3,15112$1,194$49,463,2112Paramount
4Ali$3,356,57171%2,4460$1,372$40,051,0101Sony / Columbia
5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,078,1717%3,186-125$966$291,740,4907Warner Bros.
6Vanilla Sky$2,775,12935%2,7440$1,011$71,310,9313Paramount
7Monsters, Inc.$1,724,7577%1,701-396$1,014$239,190,0189Disney
8How High$1,442,450198%1,2715$1,135$19,679,5362Universal
9Joe Somebody$1,408,977-2%2,5159$560$15,986,7052Fox
10Not Another Teen Movie$1,152,791130%2,3650$487$32,016,1233Sony / Columbia