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 Wed, Jan. 30 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 30 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$1,204,359-11%3,1010$388$62,759,6612Sony / Columbia
2A Beautiful Mind$805,281-10%2,23712$360$95,340,5504Universal
3The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$761,316-12%2,007--$379$13,835,1261Disney
4The Mothman Prophecies$613,747-18%2,331--$263$13,278,3561Sony / Screen Gems
5I Am Sam$595,047-12%1,268--$469$10,160,8725New Line
6A Walk to Remember$512,506-15%2,411--$213$13,911,9711Warner Bros.
7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$500,583-15%2,703-563$185$260,065,1846New Line
8Snow Dogs$471,767-5%2,440138$193$40,396,1022Disney
9Kung Pow! Enter the Fist$264,738-17%2,478--$107$7,978,9781Fox
10Ocean's Eleven$209,184-15%2,010-660$104$176,638,5218Warner Bros.