'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. 8 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 8 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Die Another Day$2,904,392-51%3,34723$868$120,209,4533MGM
2Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$2,854,751-38%3,387-295$843$213,973,4554Warner Bros.
3Analyze That$2,489,284-48%2,635--$945$11,034,0721Warner Bros.
4Treasure Planet$1,773,387-28%3,2270$550$23,650,9922Disney
5The Santa Clause 2$1,549,691-37%2,356-170$658$120,142,1946Disney
6Eight Crazy Nights$1,009,655-58%2,5030$403$20,043,2432Sony / Columbia
7Friday After Next$740,602-41%1,450-171$511$29,218,9243New Line
88 Mile$604,409-46%2,015-483$300$111,182,3105Universal
10The Ring$518,498-55%1,642-270$316$123,319,5348DreamWorks