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, Dec. 25 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 25 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$12,381,23159%3,6220$3,418$135,728,2391New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$9,882,203--3,156--$3,131$9,882,2030DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$3,737,400106%2,755--$1,357$22,814,3541Warner Bros.
4Gangs of New York$3,100,858138%2,170--$1,429$15,677,7741Miramax
5Maid in Manhattan$2,437,642128%2,90870$838$40,920,2002Sony / Columbia
6Drumline$1,805,562131%1,8371$983$26,267,8422Fox
7The Hot Chick$1,054,327188%2,24629$469$16,153,4682Disney
8Die Another Day$994,19044%1,875-1502$530$141,064,4275MGM
9Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$950,16613%2,505-520$379$231,955,2646Warner Bros.
10Star Trek: Nemesis$790,38156%2,642-69$299$28,582,2222Paramount