Friday Report: 'Sniper' Adds $10 Million, Three New Releases Flop on Friday
by Ray Subers
January 31, 2015
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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.
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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• Forecast: 'Sniper' Set to Three-Peat Over Super Bowl Weekend
• Grosses for Friday, January 30, 2015
• 2014 Domestic Box Office