'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, Jan. 16 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 16 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Coach Carter$6,787,705-29%2,524--$2,689$24,182,8811Paramount
2Meet the Fockers$5,473,714-33%3,55427$1,540$231,109,5264Universal
3Racing Stripes$4,788,138-19%3,185--$1,503$13,919,6721Warner Bros.
4In Good Company$4,048,650-29%1,5661563$2,585$14,788,4203Universal
5White Noise$3,498,676-27%2,27918$1,535$41,109,5472Universal
7The Aviator (2004)$1,466,101-32%1,95689$750$50,249,3134Miramax
8Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$1,344,085-23%2,540-803$529$111,119,5505Paramount
9Fat Albert$900,492-30%2,043-632$441$44,613,9994Fox
10Ocean's Twelve$832,885-33%2,105-905$396$119,942,2956Warner Bros.