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, Feb. 12 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chicago$1,210,5577%1,8411218$658$66,897,7867Miramax
2How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$1,168,589-10%2,923--$400$27,434,1041Paramount
3Shanghai Knights$798,343-11%2,753--$290$22,343,4811Disney
4The Recruit$580,104-6%2,3760$244$31,588,2122Disney
5Final Destination 2$487,795-10%2,8340$172$29,474,5492New Line
6About Schmidt$285,5374%1,2404$230$47,559,7189New Line
7Deliver Us from Eva$258,130-21%1,139--$227$7,598,1971Focus
8The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$252,646-3%1,680-495$150$321,601,5138New Line
9Kangaroo Jack$211,12510%2,8480$74$53,718,7574Warner Bros.
10Catch Me If You Can (2002)$203,516-3%1,744-572$117$157,014,1007DreamWorks