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 Tue, Jan. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contraband$2,175,880-48%2,863--$760$30,691,3601Universal
2Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,017,038-77%2,625--$387$23,230,9601Disney
3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$892,445-65%3,346-209$267$190,341,0575Paramount
4Joyful Noise$793,451-69%2,735--$290$14,595,7591Warner Bros.
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$666,026-51%2,674-276$249$89,879,6384Sony / Columbia
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$651,148-65%3,155-448$206$172,694,8635Warner Bros.
7War Horse$600,112-58%2,85673$210$68,122,6124Disney / DreamWorks
8The Devil Inside$480,205-52%2,551266$188$47,861,9132Paramount
9We Bought a Zoo$359,763-80%2,909-261$124$66,217,5284Fox
10The Adventures of Tintin$310,251-80%2,073-933$150$69,640,2374Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$255,520-88%2,849-576$90$121,239,3815Fox
12The Darkest Hour$62,900-66%1,182-981$53$20,776,9234Summit
13New Year's Eve$62,462-65%1,092-772$57$53,933,0506Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$627,353-48%802797$782$7,843,4223Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$350,466-57%660-77$531$48,278,6489Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$272,361-59%88677$307$16,078,9546Focus
4The Artist$184,251-55%21644$853$9,385,4468Weinstein Company
5Hugo$100,773-80%545-298$185$54,764,0078Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$82,885-47%400-184$207$11,584,0408Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$51,589-67%708-350$73$279,846,7529Lionsgate / Summit
8Young Adult$48,581-49%387-443$126$15,850,2916Paramount
9The Sitter$46,880-52%449-309$104$29,795,5616Fox
10Happy Feet Two$30,896-84%36580$85$62,122,3369Warner Bros.
11The Muppets$29,041-90%547-689$53$86,723,4728Disney
12Puss in Boots (2011)$26,083-83%316-35$83$147,325,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
13Tower Heist$20,785-58%260-35$80$77,609,29011Universal
14Immortals$20,018-42%18759$107$83,114,48010Relativity Media
15In Time$6,643-59%106-26$63$37,382,75112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$23,155-47%41-4$565$2,693,2727Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,816-70%450$285$15,538,09741Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$9,513-64%60$1,586$671,5014Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$9,333-66%2413$389$410,6383Focus
5Vettai$7,672-37%34--$226$107,7451UTV Communications
6J. Edgar$6,893-43%82-70$84$36,993,50710Warner Bros.
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,995-54%1811$278$165,4924FilmDistrict
8Drive (2011)$3,205-51%322$100$34,975,92218FilmDistrict
9Dolphin Tale$2,504-87%91-58$28$72,250,27817Warner Bros.
10Margin Call$2,021-46%20-10$101$5,332,24113Roadside Attractions