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 Tue, Jan. 22 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 22 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$2,381,492-53%3,1013085$768$37,854,1521Sony / Columbia
2A Beautiful Mind$1,335,330-55%2,2253$600$78,953,7303Universal
3The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$912,641-67%3,266-115$279$249,124,6755New Line
4Snow Dogs$778,640-87%2,302--$338$24,485,7331Disney
5Ocean's Eleven$419,992-60%2,6700$157$172,040,7977Warner Bros.
6Orange County$412,575-74%2,3170$178$29,617,0662Paramount
7Kate & Leopold$281,832-59%2,381-86$118$21,140,2434Miramax
8Vanilla Sky$280,714-41%2,355-415$119$93,810,6446Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$189,108-78%1,851-319$102$310,005,54810Warner Bros.
10Ali$122,295-60%1,977-544$62$57,354,5584Sony / Columbia