'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. 15 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 15 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something's Gotta Give$1,487,792-61%2,677--$556$17,552,2771Sony / Columbia
2The Last Samurai$1,303,362-66%2,9080$448$48,178,8562Warner Bros.
3Stuck on You$632,778-70%3,003--$211$10,043,5331Fox
4Bad Santa$529,436-66%2,540449$208$36,253,7793Miramax / Dimension
5Elf$404,271-74%2,876-243$141$147,929,8446New Line
6The Haunted Mansion$292,818-83%3,001-121$98$54,042,5083Disney
7Love Don't Cost a Thing$285,746-76%1,844--$155$6,600,1871Warner Bros.
8Honey (2003)$275,450-72%1,97230$140$20,053,5412Universal
9Gothika$271,591-60%1,806-399$150$54,206,5754Warner Bros.
10Love Actually$226,294-55%1,566-106$145$52,401,9766Universal