'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, Aug. 14 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 14 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alien Vs. Predator$12,614,496-23%3,395--$3,716$29,056,6251Fox
2The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$8,493,1746%3,472--$2,446$30,710,4261Disney
4The Bourne Supremacy$3,556,02439%2,976-328$1,195$137,210,4424Universal
5Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie$3,019,861-30%2,411--$1,253$7,348,6511Warner Bros.
6The Village$2,927,03428%3,142-591$932$97,915,1793Disney
7The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$2,570,07652%2,612-255$984$46,244,0403Paramount
8I, Robot$1,628,19443%2,178-628$748$132,871,1875Fox
9Little Black Book$1,417,66411%2,4450$580$13,555,8462Sony / Columbia
10Spider-Man 2$1,408,14335%1,907-657$738$359,909,1687Sony / Columbia