'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 Sun, Dec. 18 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 18 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1King Kong (2005)$15,556,245-23%3,568--$4,360$66,181,1731Universal
2The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$9,824,606-24%3,68064$2,670$113,168,9722Disney
3The Family Stone$3,570,099-27%2,466--$1,448$12,520,1911Fox
4Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,936,540-23%3,185-543$608$252,602,2815Warner Bros.
5Syriana$1,646,889-30%1,77523$928$22,464,8462Warner Bros.
6Walk the Line$1,063,372-33%2,664-370$399$82,606,6425Fox
7Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$1,005,227-35%2,723-487$369$45,203,5404Paramount
8Just Friends$561,819-31%1,882-582$299$29,586,6824New Line
9Aeon Flux$537,124-23%2,058-550$261$23,213,6233Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$460,688-28%1,141-194$404$29,168,4606Focus