'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. 8 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 8 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$12,944,77547%3,5273$3,670$197,579,1633Universal
2White Noise$9,812,03310%2,261--$4,340$18,732,0111Universal
3Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$3,773,483124%3,343-280$1,129$103,590,1684Paramount
4The Aviator (2004)$3,356,96951%1,86771$1,798$40,892,8843Miramax
5Fat Albert$2,833,077108%2,675-69$1,059$39,467,2783Fox
6Ocean's Twelve$2,419,42745%3,010-280$804$114,094,1585Warner Bros.
7National Treasure$2,047,89464%2,177-105$941$159,570,6928Disney
8Spanglish$1,885,41943%2,58798$729$36,460,4744Sony / Columbia
9The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$1,156,84333%1,1050$1,047$18,733,1165Disney
10Finding Neverland$1,006,90755%1,07723$935$24,240,0229Miramax