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, Jan. 17 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Beautiful Mind$1,112,6201%2,222369$501$62,909,5282Universal
2The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$1,096,1921%3,3810$324$232,943,7304New Line
3Orange County$685,4018%2,317--$296$18,674,8781Paramount
4Ocean's Eleven$536,7213%2,670-100$201$164,865,7286Warner Bros.
5Vanilla Sky$363,237-4%2,770-72$131$89,936,3795Paramount
6Kate & Leopold$358,4294%2,4670$145$16,730,2613Miramax
7Ali$228,2790%2,52175$91$55,517,7203Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$217,6772%2,170-511$100$306,361,2629Warner Bros.
9Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$183,4749%2,810-341$65$69,829,1894Paramount
10How High$142,5860%1,237-36$115$27,924,0224Universal