'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 Thu, Dec. 22 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 22 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe$5,763,38717%3,68064$1,566$133,443,7512Disney
2King Kong (2005)$5,387,89611%3,5681$1,510$87,322,3971Universal
3Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)$3,814,7391%3,056--$1,248$7,576,2420Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen 2$2,731,7547%3,100--$881$5,281,6000Fox
5The Family Stone$1,693,21810%2,469--$686$19,197,9831Fox
6Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire$1,222,54821%2,750-575$445$256,719,7845Warner Bros.
7Syriana$871,60917%1,77523$491$25,643,1812Warner Bros.
8Walk the Line$518,03719%1,853-896$280$84,652,6045Fox
9Yours, Mine and Ours (2005)$381,76515%2,723-487$140$47,044,5484Paramount
10Pride & Prejudice (2005)$374,39218%1,141-194$328$30,412,0246Focus