'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 Mon, Dec. 23 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 23 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$13,509,452-33%3,622--$3,730$115,556,2881New Line
2Two Weeks Notice$2,932,347-31%2,755--$1,064$17,260,8801Warner Bros.
3Maid in Manhattan$2,158,251-35%2,86628$753$37,414,0882Sony / Columbia
4Gangs of New York$1,775,190-44%1,504--$1,180$11,276,6861Miramax
5The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,678,676-15%3,012--$557$7,693,7071Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$1,336,261-19%2,750-275$486$230,163,0816Warner Bros.
8The Santa Clause 2$1,293,7735%1,701-506$761$131,130,3618Disney
9The Hot Chick$958,394-31%2,2170$432$14,732,5822Disney
10Die Another Day$882,743-34%2,075-1302$425$139,381,9785MGM