'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 Mon, Feb. 7 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 7 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boogeyman$1,086,073-57%3,052--$356$20,107,0761Sony / Screen Gems
2Million Dollar Baby$779,171-50%2,02515$385$35,220,6468Warner Bros.
3The Wedding Date$719,243-63%1,694--$425$11,849,6481Universal
4Hide and Seek$653,764-54%3,0050$218$36,369,2552Fox
5Are We There Yet?$507,456-79%2,79080$182$51,780,0553Sony / Columbia
6The Aviator (2004)$425,870-57%2,53027$168$76,343,8947Miramax
7Sideways$410,880-48%1,78692$230$47,078,90316Fox Searchlight
8Meet the Fockers$337,781-56%2,504-502$135$265,503,2617Universal
9Coach Carter$276,179-53%2,5740$107$59,615,6444Paramount
10In Good Company$213,760-58%1,943-17$110$40,980,6386Universal