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 Thu, Jan. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catch Me If You Can (2002)$1,084,9932%3,22555$336$123,797,2743DreamWorks
2The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$990,3041%3,477-145$285$287,629,5114New Line
3Just Married$986,3689%2,766--$357$21,558,6781Fox
4Two Weeks Notice$467,6321%2,7550$170$80,895,9494Warner Bros.
5Gangs of New York$430,990-4%2,34035$184$56,770,1804Miramax
6Maid in Manhattan$353,4645%2,926-124$121$85,255,6745Sony / Columbia
7Antwone Fisher$269,9372%1,002810$269$11,526,9194Fox Searchlight
8My Big Fat Greek Wedding$205,2405%1,21218$169$207,965,55739IFC Films
9Drumline$139,41310%1,525-117$91$50,145,2605Fox
10Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$136,9049%1,550-465$88$256,003,2259Warner Bros.