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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jan. 9 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 9 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catch Me If You Can (2002)$1,689,583-5%3,17014$533$104,743,0982DreamWorks
2The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$1,597,751-9%3,6220$441$268,667,7803New Line
3Two Weeks Notice$819,0062%2,7550$297$72,160,1873Warner Bros.
4Gangs of New York$700,534-5%2,305115$304$50,096,4343Miramax
5Maid in Manhattan$568,8130%3,050112$186$78,705,5494Sony / Columbia
6Drumline$222,9783%1,642-19$136$46,808,9674Fox
7My Big Fat Greek Wedding$220,981-1%1,194--$185$205,063,16738IFC Films
8Star Trek: Nemesis$214,0932%2,423-219$88$40,573,4604Paramount
9The Hot Chick$205,918-5%2,160-86$95$30,825,7304Disney
10Die Another Day$202,261-5%1,808-67$112$154,676,4327MGM