'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, May. 12 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 12 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man$21,005,142-31%3,6150$5,811$223,040,0072Sony / Columbia
3The New Guy$1,924,028-49%2,687--$716$9,008,1181Sony / Columbia
4The Scorpion King$1,496,733-30%3,219-247$465$80,935,6964Universal
5Changing Lanes$1,118,048-34%2,510-132$445$57,317,0585Paramount
6The Rookie (2002)$970,067-7%2,117-234$458$68,233,8967Disney
7Murder by Numbers$746,168-28%2,116-449$353$27,461,3834Warner Bros.
8Ice Age$619,327-4%1,724-413$359$171,020,4539Fox
9Panic Room$441,716-36%1,350-477$327$95,541,2687Sony / Columbia
10Life or Something Like It$404,363-29%1,866-741$217$13,202,5643Fox