'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, Nov. 2 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 2 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause 2$12,917,30972%3,350--$3,856$20,427,8361Disney
2The Ring$7,974,01238%2,808174$2,840$60,195,1543DreamWorks
3I Spy$5,572,56936%3,182--$1,751$9,680,0131Sony / Columbia
4jackass: the movie$5,403,94728%2,53021$2,136$39,032,4182Paramount
5Ghost Ship$2,959,30848%2,7870$1,062$19,652,3622Warner Bros.
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,700,79569%1,97710$1,366$170,508,25729IFC Films
7Sweet Home Alabama$2,166,09656%2,441-741$887$112,400,4926Disney
8Punch-Drunk Love$1,804,73639%1,252771$1,441$9,962,2484Sony / Columbia
9Red Dragon$1,266,59557%1,949-937$650$88,391,3925Universal
10Tuck Everlasting$643,62546%1,237-223$520$15,702,6074Disney