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Friday Report: 'Sniper' Adds $10 Million, Three New Releases Flop on Friday

by Ray Subers
American Sniper
 

 
January 31, 2015

American Sniper earned more than all three new releases combined on Friday, which sets it up to easily take first place for the third weekend in a row.

The Clint Eastwood war drama added an estimated $10.02 million yesterday, which is off 45 percent from the prior week. Considering how well it held last weekend, that's a surprisingly steep drop; with the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, Sniper now seems poised to fall around 50 percent over the full three-day weekend ($30 to $32 million).

Through 15 days in wide release, American Sniper has earned $227.1 million. That ranks ninth among 2014 releases; by the end of the weekend, it will move up to sixth place ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

In second place, found footage time travel movie Project Almanac flopped with $3.2 million. In comparison, Chronicle, The Woman in Black and Warm Bodies all opened over $8 million on the Friday ahead of the Super Bowl. Over the three-day weekend, Almanac will likely wind up with around $8 million.

Black or White took third place with an estimated $2.27 million. That's about on par with past Super Bowl weekend dramas like Big Miracle ($2.27 million) and Labor Day ($1.92 million). The Kevin Costner drama is now on track to earn around $6 million this weekend.

The Boy Next Door fell hard at the start of its second frame: the Jennifer Lopez thriller was off 63 percent to an estimated $2.1 million, which brings its eight-day total to $20.7 million. For the weekend, it should wind up around $6 million.

Entering its third weekend, Paddington eased 26 percent to $1.94 million. It will likely finish the weekend in second place with over $8 million.

Playing at 1,841 locations, The Loft bombed with $1.18 million. It's now on pace to earn around $3 million—maybe a bit lower—over the three-day weekend.

At 205 IMAX locations, Game of Thrones earned an estimated $686,000 yesterday. That puts it on track for around $1.5 million this weekend.

Weekend Projections
1. American Sniper - $32 million
2. Paddington - $8.2 million
3. Project Almanac - $8 million
4. Black or White - $6.2 million
5. Boy Next Door - $6 million

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Grosses for Friday, January 30, 2015
2014 Domestic Box Office



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