'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 Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 20 - Sun, Nov. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Home Alone 2: Lost in New York$31,126,882--2,222--$14,008$31,126,8821Fox
2Bram Stoker's Dracula$15,021,693-51%2,4910$6,030$45,543,3722Columbia
3Malcolm X$9,871,125--1,124--$8,782$9,871,1251Warner Bros.
4Passenger 57$4,506,412-36%1,9740$2,283$22,095,6113Warner Bros.
5A River Runs Through It$3,006,678-23%1,08018$2,784$18,585,9407Columbia
6Under Siege$2,460,835-34%1,757-250$1,401$53,982,8987Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Ducks$2,096,756-43%1,708-62$1,228$36,155,1518Disney
8The Last of the Mohicans$1,866,289-29%1,472-305$1,268$42,123,4369Fox
9Jennifer 8$1,384,345-33%1,00235$1,382$7,055,8763Paramount