'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 Fri, Apr. 8 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 8 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sahara (2005)$6,150,952--3,154--$1,950$6,150,9521Paramount
2Sin City$4,681,385168%3,2300$1,449$41,292,3252Miramax / Dimension
3Fever Pitch (2005)$4,521,619--3,267--$1,384$4,521,6191Fox
4Guess Who$2,342,267181%3,064-83$764$46,344,9373Sony / Columbia
5Beauty Shop$2,113,753220%2,6590$795$21,429,5152MGM
6Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous$1,365,298124%3,011-222$453$34,714,4473Warner Bros.
8The Pacifier$954,302126%2,375-476$402$98,397,8326Disney
9The Ring Two$946,897171%2,407-772$393$70,360,2904DreamWorks
10The Upside of Anger$773,636137%1,15140$672$10,474,4275New Line