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 Fri, Jan. 18 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 18 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$9,914,37710580%3,1013085$3,197$11,758,3771Sony / Columbia
2Snow Dogs$4,261,204--2,302--$1,851$4,261,2041Disney
3A Beautiful Mind$3,326,483199%2,2253$1,495$66,236,0113Universal
4The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$3,202,519192%2,222-1159$1,441$236,146,2495New Line
5Orange County$2,868,212318%2,3170$1,238$21,543,0902Paramount
6Ocean's Eleven$1,681,765213%2,6700$630$166,547,4937Warner Bros.
7Kate & Leopold$1,023,184185%2,381-86$430$17,753,4454Miramax
8Vanilla Sky$926,920155%2,355-415$394$90,863,2996Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$529,655143%1,851-319$286$306,890,91710Warner Bros.
10Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$528,144188%2,506-304$211$70,357,3335Paramount