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 Sat, Jan. 26 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 26 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$7,954,49852%3,1010$2,565$55,069,6552Sony / Columbia
2Snow Dogs$6,427,756126%2,440138$2,634$35,006,2402Disney
3A Beautiful Mind$5,491,14560%2,23712$2,455$90,282,9364Universal
4A Walk to Remember$5,018,02610%2,411--$2,081$9,572,3961Warner Bros.
5The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$4,925,85934%2,007--$2,454$8,611,4991Disney
6The Mothman Prophecies$4,834,96725%2,331--$2,074$8,698,5301Sony / Screen Gems
7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$3,757,34187%2,703-563$1,390$256,407,9216New Line
8I Am Sam$3,568,97636%1,268--$2,815$6,196,2445New Line
9Kung Pow! Enter the Fist$3,064,60642%2,478--$1,237$5,222,5421Fox
10Orange County$2,012,77735%2,3170$869$33,877,0533Paramount