'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, Aug. 13 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 13 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Brothers$7,739,92311%2,533--$3,056$14,720,8791Paramount
2The Skeleton Key$5,832,969-2%2,771--$2,105$11,790,0081Universal
3The Dukes of Hazzard$4,984,89013%3,7850$1,317$53,827,8572Warner Bros.
4Wedding Crashers$4,894,25240%3,13125$1,563$160,429,3725New Line
5Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo$3,414,330-2%3,127--$1,092$6,895,0571Sony / Columbia
6Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$2,943,17537%3,304-398$891$181,626,1755Warner Bros.
7March of the Penguins$2,786,28254%2,063196$1,351$35,464,3398Warner Independent
8Sky High$2,514,77833%2,807-105$896$41,598,7893Disney
9Must Love Dogs$1,906,71634%2,420-85$788$33,360,3453Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four$976,70852%1,617-722$604$147,788,2346Fox