'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, Jan. 3 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 3 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$10,563,3800%3,7030$2,853$283,398,1083New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$8,283,424-6%3,3079$2,505$81,050,3222Fox
3Something's Gotta Give$4,834,4409%2,80899$1,722$78,755,7264Sony / Columbia
4Cold Mountain$4,745,01610%2,21653$2,141$41,226,3982Miramax
6Peter Pan (2003)$3,263,636-5%2,8130$1,160$32,057,3282Universal
7Mona Lisa Smile$3,254,5510%2,71437$1,199$48,210,1293Sony / Columbia
8The Last Samurai$2,846,5352%2,401-156$1,186$88,274,9915Warner Bros.
9Bad Santa$1,155,753-4%1,7100$676$56,350,1666Miramax / Dimension
10Stuck on You$1,107,6950%2,064-336$537$30,137,3974Fox