'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, May. 14 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monster-in-Law$9,539,47723%3,424--$2,786$17,299,1661New Line
2Kicking & Screaming$8,672,98543%3,455--$2,510$14,736,4751Universal
3Kingdom of Heaven$4,070,65044%3,2193$1,265$32,360,0132Fox
5Crash (2005)$2,993,76948%1,87612$1,596$17,616,2252Lionsgate
6House of Wax$2,654,54117%3,1110$853$20,297,4152Warner Bros.
7The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$2,222,74862%2,770-363$802$42,061,3333Disney
8The Interpreter$2,159,63264%2,602-212$830$60,043,7494Universal
9XXX: State of the Union$947,00457%2,387-1093$397$23,759,1623Sony / Columbia
10Sahara (2005)$829,55959%1,565-951$530$63,911,8266Paramount