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. 19 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 19 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Q.$1,523,157-54%2,466--$618$25,135,9041New Line
2Return to Never Land$919,475-75%2,605--$353$16,541,1371Disney
3Crossroads (2002)$814,848-67%2,380--$342$17,829,8811Paramount
4Big Fat Liar$709,884-74%2,5343$280$25,630,2732Universal
5Collateral Damage$633,528-47%2,8240$224$29,718,9362Warner Bros.
6Hart's War$628,616-45%2,459--$256$9,538,2531MGM
7A Beautiful Mind$624,840-53%2,081-139$300$126,322,0297Universal
8Super Troopers$531,157-44%1,780--$298$7,679,4971Fox Searchlight
9Black Hawk Down$453,696-56%2,150-814$211$96,921,4805Sony / Columbia
10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$409,525-59%1,507-199$272$279,051,9939New Line