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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
20036 (Feb 07 - Feb 09) - 2003$96,107,37649%$121,265,71562%How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
19966 (Feb 09 - Feb 11) - 1996$49,595,13150%$57,551,08757%Broken Arrow (1996)
20096 (Feb 06 - Feb 08) - 2009$124,041,22749%$154,546,16047%He's Just Not That Into You
20146 (Feb 07 - Feb 09) - 2014$132,710,40361%$152,816,95747%The LEGO Movie
19856 (Feb 08 - Feb 10) - 1985$27,809,17166%$30,884,97445%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
19976 (Feb 07 - Feb 09) - 1997$65,668,12732%$80,669,42540%Star Wars: Special Edition
20116 (Feb 11 - Feb 13) - 2011$128,358,22335%$149,492,38632%Just Go With It
20126 (Feb 10 - Feb 12) - 2012$168,289,22231%$191,873,30428%The Vow
20016 (Feb 09 - Feb 11) - 2001$98,450,07937%$115,434,26725%Hannibal
19916 (Feb 08 - Feb 10) - 1991$47,532,90142%$53,679,55422%Sleeping with the Enemy
19936 (Feb 05 - Feb 07) - 1993$49,145,34814%$55,894,69818%Loaded Weapon 1
19896 (Feb 10 - Feb 12) - 1989$36,086,5226%$41,828,94715%The Fly II
20006 (Feb 11 - Feb 13) - 2000$71,893,72024%$92,487,19015%Scream 3
19866 (Feb 07 - Feb 09) - 1986$31,379,92413%$34,068,27010%Down and Out in Beverly Hills
19996 (Feb 05 - Feb 07) - 1999$58,207,531-13%$80,584,8329%Payback (1999)
20056 (Feb 11 - Feb 13) - 2005$98,391,52916%$120,263,6957%Hitch
19946 (Feb 11 - Feb 13) - 1994$48,342,754-2%$59,365,2536%Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
19876 (Feb 06 - Feb 08) - 1987$31,910,4492%$36,173,5406%Platoon
19836 (Feb 11 - Feb 13) - 1983$18,268,0484%$20,383,7756%Tootsie
19906 (Feb 09 - Feb 11) - 1990$33,541,808-7%$44,026,5725%Hard to Kill
19846 (Feb 10 - Feb 12) - 1984$16,773,554-8%$21,335,1705%Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
20066 (Feb 10 - Feb 12) - 2006$97,756,886-1%$120,709,6180%The Pink Panther (2006)
19886 (Feb 05 - Feb 07) - 1988$34,167,5597%$36,255,5710%Good Morning, Vietnam
20086 (Feb 08 - Feb 10) - 2008$82,974,360-5%$104,872,415-6%Fool's Gold
20076 (Feb 09 - Feb 11) - 2007$87,055,561-11%$111,872,190-7%Norbit
20046 (Feb 06 - Feb 08) - 2004$85,012,044-12%$111,993,260-8%Barbershop 2: Back in Business
19986 (Feb 06 - Feb 08) - 1998$67,269,6542%$73,752,517-9%Titanic
19926 (Feb 07 - Feb 09) - 1992$43,178,687-9%$47,507,601-11%Medicine Man
20106 (Feb 05 - Feb 07) - 2010$94,786,281-24%$113,588,143-27%Dear John
20026 (Feb 08 - Feb 10) - 2002$64,305,697-35%$75,043,449-35%Collateral Damage
19956 (Feb 10 - Feb 12) - 1995$33,144,426-31%$36,620,496-38%Billy Madison
20136 (Feb 08 - Feb 10) - 2013$82,382,252-51%$104,163,039-46%Identity Thief