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. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$5,002,705-39%3,185--$1,571$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$3,500,885-36%3,0780$1,137$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3Red Tails$2,750,829-43%2,57361$1,069$33,750,1182Fox
4One For the Money$2,669,428-44%2,737--$975$11,515,7901Lionsgate
5Man on a Ledge$1,960,602-45%2,998--$654$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Contraband$1,762,125-42%2,650-220$665$56,573,8603Universal
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,756,863-45%2,6300$668$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
8The Descendants$1,726,034-41%2,0011441$863$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$1,632,159-33%2,145-480$761$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$1,054,536-41%2,4412$432$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$866,573-48%1,654-865$524$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$862,453-40%1,244168$693$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$806,261-47%2,021-714$399$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$600,147-49%1,530-955$392$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$588,008-33%1,070-1000$550$127,041,5077Fox
16The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$565,346-45%1,202-705$470$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
17War Horse$543,966-41%1,861-664$292$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
18We Bought a Zoo$409,220-41%1,089-976$376$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$940,058-13%965315$974$58,925,85710Paramount
2The Artist$936,994-37%897235$1,045$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$441,853-27%702-638$629$74,268,2776Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$297,835-42%410-321$726$20,165,0688Focus
5Albert Nobbs$201,185-33%245--$821$746,4171Roadside Attractions
6The Devil Inside$137,038-54%722-1485$190$52,690,1364Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$125,512-29%309-22$406$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
8Puss in Boots (2011)$100,543-38%270-22$372$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
9My Week with Marilyn$98,511-35%186-39$530$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
10Jack and Jill$85,788-41%253-30$339$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$42,475-44%191-179$222$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$35,105-33%145-46$242$30,200,9658Fox
13Tower Heist$30,455-51%174-46$175$78,009,15513Universal
14J. Edgar$29,178-37%208162$140$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
15Immortals$20,778-33%117-52$178$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$48,426-33%80-15$605$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$33,611-33%450$747$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$15,258-32%123$1,272$142,8872Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$14,170-47%87-63$163$16,193,3628Paramount
5Pariah (2011)$12,900-36%14-7$921$570,4205Focus
6Moneyball$12,489-47%81-29$154$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
7The Darkest Hour$9,823-53%87-214$113$21,171,2486Summit
8In Time$7,673-48%58-39$132$37,508,85314Fox
9New Year's Eve$7,271-50%62-203$117$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
10Vettai$4,913-32%7-14$702$175,0593UTV Communications
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,868-27%11-3$352$226,0446FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$3,586-28%23-10$156$35,037,18520FilmDistrict