'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, Nov. 28 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 28 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure$6,518,464-49%3,243226$2,010$87,270,2892Disney
2The Incredibles$4,639,686-49%3,453-230$1,344$214,295,0694Disney
3The Polar Express$4,307,323-43%3,6500$1,180$81,485,2793Warner Bros.
4Christmas with the Kranks$4,162,503-51%3,393--$1,227$30,816,5911Sony / Columbia
5The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$4,006,574-41%3,30795$1,212$58,792,2392Paramount
6Alexander$3,019,099-41%2,445--$1,235$21,837,1561Warner Bros.
7Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$1,285,145-49%2,47323$520$31,964,4003Universal
9After the Sunset$654,586-49%2,309-510$283$24,328,8263New Line
10The Grudge$312,303-63%1,486-626$210$107,779,1786Sony / Columbia