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 Mon, Jan. 21 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow Dogs$5,893,478-7%2,302--$2,560$23,707,0931Disney
2Black Hawk Down$5,016,090-42%3,1013085$1,618$35,472,6601Sony / Columbia
3A Beautiful Mind$2,959,406-22%2,2253$1,330$77,618,4003Universal
4The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$2,794,595-34%3,266-115$856$248,212,0345New Line
5Orange County$1,605,392-43%2,3170$693$29,204,4912Paramount
6Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$1,431,86329%2,506-304$571$74,137,1505Paramount
7Ocean's Eleven$1,041,187-40%2,6700$390$171,620,8057Warner Bros.
8Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$866,582-12%1,851-319$468$309,816,44010Warner Bros.
9Kate & Leopold$682,012-30%2,381-86$286$20,858,4114Miramax
10Monsters, Inc.$628,96422%1,37461$458$249,915,92812Disney