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. 26 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kangaroo Jack$3,010,964-50%2,84830$1,057$35,114,0012Warner Bros.
2Darkness Falls$1,759,881-68%2,837--$620$12,025,9001Sony / Columbia
3The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$1,414,147-59%2,666-444$530$308,822,4366New Line
4National Security$1,187,515-68%2,7290$435$26,040,6232Sony / Columbia
5Confessions of a Dangerous Mind$1,030,239-64%1,769--$582$6,151,1334Miramax
6Just Married$996,191-69%2,705-64$368$43,354,9663Fox
7Catch Me If You Can (2002)$993,673-71%2,776-274$358$144,966,9235DreamWorks
8About Schmidt$905,220-68%1,236290$732$36,050,7487New Line
9A Guy Thing$530,872-67%2,5205$211$12,300,3552MGM
10Gangs of New York$490,491-66%1,905-265$257$65,374,5296Miramax