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 Sat, Jan. 19 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 19 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$10,024,3821%3,1013085$3,233$21,782,7591Sony / Columbia
2Snow Dogs$7,233,04270%2,302--$3,142$11,494,2461Disney
3The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$5,034,42357%3,266-115$1,541$241,180,6725New Line
4A Beautiful Mind$4,628,99539%2,2253$2,080$70,865,0063Universal
5Orange County$3,235,65613%2,3170$1,396$24,778,7462Paramount
6Ocean's Eleven$2,302,82637%2,6700$862$168,850,3197Warner Bros.
7Kate & Leopold$1,444,14741%2,381-86$607$19,197,5924Miramax
8Vanilla Sky$1,264,55036%2,355-415$537$92,127,8496Paramount
9Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$1,242,204135%2,506-304$496$71,599,5375Paramount
10Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$1,075,230103%1,851-319$581$307,966,14710Warner Bros.