'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, Dec. 16 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 16 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vanilla Sky$6,397,612-34%2,742--$2,333$25,015,5631Paramount
2Ocean's Eleven$5,410,191-43%3,0750$1,759$72,304,2122Warner Bros.
3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,106,637-31%3,422-250$908$253,411,0335Warner Bros.
4Not Another Teen Movie$2,879,490-39%2,365--$1,218$12,615,8371Sony / Columbia
5Monsters, Inc.$1,501,603-35%2,462-422$610$218,812,6267Disney
6Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$1,370,567-43%2,792-52$491$38,814,9883Fox
7Spy Game$650,105-41%2,503-267$260$57,826,6624Universal
8Black Knight$512,437-46%1,907-326$269$29,747,5484Fox
9Shallow Hal$341,979-50%1,767-450$194$66,968,6046Fox
10Out Cold (2001)$138,908-55%1,183-468$117$13,243,7904Disney