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 Sun, Jan. 5 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 5 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$6,741,658-37%3,6220$1,861$261,031,9443New Line
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$5,051,890-47%3,17014$1,594$97,439,2732DreamWorks
3Two Weeks Notice$2,515,253-48%2,7550$913$68,810,7813Warner Bros.
4Maid in Manhattan$1,976,126-47%3,050112$648$76,327,2894Sony / Columbia
5Gangs of New York$1,950,549-39%2,305115$846$47,089,4663Miramax
6The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,464,305-36%2,881-131$508$31,528,9363Paramount
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,356,965-27%2,015-490$673$252,104,9098Warner Bros.
8Drumline$1,115,238-54%1,653-16$675$45,791,7054Fox
9The Hot Chick$774,226-51%2,160-86$358$29,853,0734Disney
10Die Another Day$660,844-50%1,808-67$366$153,770,2557MGM