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 Tue, Feb. 12 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Collateral Damage$1,034,132-3%2,824--$366$17,162,5051Warner Bros.
2A Beautiful Mind$610,12941%2,220-30$275$114,318,6626Universal
3Black Hawk Down$563,9262%2,964-179$190$87,834,2524Sony / Columbia
4The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$465,1185%2,199-12$212$33,269,1403Disney
5Rollerball$401,725-14%2,762--$145$9,882,0091MGM
6I Am Sam$395,19322%1,450147$273$24,292,8287New Line
7Big Fat Liar$380,590-40%2,531--$150$12,567,3521Universal
8The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$331,80127%1,706-603$194$272,010,0768New Line
9The Mothman Prophecies$314,0442%2,275-56$138$28,644,6303Sony / Screen Gems
10Snow Dogs$312,908-22%2,45414$128$60,630,6814Disney