'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 Sat, Dec. 29 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 29 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$13,998,03511%3,3590$4,167$143,729,6932New Line
2Ocean's Eleven$6,275,16916%3,0750$2,041$122,513,7504Warner Bros.
3Ali$5,538,23812%2,446--$2,264$30,528,2091Sony / Columbia
4Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$5,366,4461%3,15112$1,703$37,846,4422Paramount
5Vanilla Sky$4,330,39622%2,7440$1,578$62,846,0273Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$3,841,8566%3,186-125$1,206$282,266,7227Warner Bros.
7Monsters, Inc.$2,180,8495%1,701-396$1,282$234,006,8129Disney
8How High$1,938,24816%1,2715$1,525$16,157,3872Universal
9Joe Somebody$1,888,7488%2,5159$751$11,700,8362Fox
10Not Another Teen Movie$1,611,0629%2,3650$681$28,952,8973Sony / Columbia