'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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 2 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 2 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sin City$10,208,862-14%3,230--$3,161$22,028,9861Miramax / Dimension
2Beauty Shop$5,465,29325%2,659--$2,055$13,689,1281MGM
3Guess Who$5,396,56021%3,1470$1,715$38,179,4742Sony / Columbia
5Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous$3,549,50928%3,2330$1,098$29,316,3802Warner Bros.
6The Pacifier$2,566,01337%2,851-251$900$94,753,6895Disney
7The Ring Two$2,425,27220%3,179-162$763$66,798,0683DreamWorks
8The Upside of Anger$1,784,23642%1,111944$1,606$7,565,8854New Line
9Hitch$1,320,56235%1,859-374$710$170,657,5898Sony / Columbia
10Ice Princess$1,193,05948%1,802-699$662$18,001,1043Disney