'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, Jan. 12 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 12 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$4,222,466-36%3,477-145$1,214$283,422,9974New Line
2Just Married$3,868,710-48%2,766--$1,399$17,549,2501Fox
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$3,484,560-47%3,22555$1,080$119,373,3073DreamWorks
4Two Weeks Notice$1,749,754-41%2,7550$635$78,992,9664Warner Bros.
5Gangs of New York$1,350,591-35%2,34035$577$54,927,1484Miramax
6Maid in Manhattan$1,283,764-45%2,926-124$439$83,850,3055Sony / Columbia
7The Wild Thornberrys Movie$1,060,479-24%2,608-273$407$35,168,7084Paramount
8Antwone Fisher$929,191-45%1,007815$923$10,432,3044Fox Searchlight
9Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets$856,149-22%1,550-465$552$255,458,6119Warner Bros.