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, Jan. 29 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 29 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Darkness Falls$611,012-13%2,837--$215$14,102,5631Sony / Columbia
2Catch Me If You Can (2002)$534,519-5%2,776-274$193$146,538,1845DreamWorks
3About Schmidt$495,459-3%1,236290$401$37,497,7197New Line
4The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$491,418-12%2,666-444$184$310,409,0656New Line
5National Security$458,795-11%2,7290$168$27,565,8142Sony / Columbia
6Confessions of a Dangerous Mind$420,746-9%1,769--$238$7,487,6244Miramax
7Kangaroo Jack$388,5600%2,84830$136$36,407,1632Warner Bros.
8Just Married$358,291-12%2,697-72$133$44,526,5143Fox
9Gangs of New York$285,100-5%1,905-265$150$66,236,2956Miramax
10A Guy Thing$216,782-9%2,5205$86$12,979,3652MGM