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 Wed, Jan. 2 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 2 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$4,616,505-55%3,3590$1,374$178,731,9192New Line
2Ocean's Eleven$2,207,422-54%3,0750$718$139,201,7044Warner Bros.
3Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$2,132,016-43%3,15112$677$51,595,2272Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$1,612,788-48%3,186-125$506$293,353,2787Warner Bros.
5Vanilla Sky$1,416,449-49%2,7440$516$72,727,3803Paramount
6Ali$1,356,382-60%2,4460$555$41,407,3921Sony / Columbia
7Monsters, Inc.$875,059-49%1,701-396$514$240,065,0779Disney
8Joe Somebody$725,314-49%2,5159$288$16,712,0192Fox
9How High$648,399-55%1,2715$510$20,327,9352Universal
10Not Another Teen Movie$616,520-47%2,3650$261$32,632,6433Sony / Columbia