'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, Apr. 27 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 27 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silent Hill$1,076,1804%2,926--$368$24,931,4921Sony / Columbia
2The Sentinel$838,570-1%2,819--$297$17,939,6901Fox
3Scary Movie 4$680,4211%3,67472$185$70,362,5242Weinstein / Dimension
4Ice Age: The Meltdown$563,9953%3,540-333$159$170,656,8944Fox
5The Wild$371,0534%2,8540$130$23,712,0472Disney
6The Benchwarmers$327,0307%3,094-188$106$48,379,1063Sony / Columbia
7Take the Lead$296,9848%2,413-596$123$30,622,6853New Line
8Inside Man$271,4303%2,021-456$134$82,386,1385Universal
9Lucky Number Slevin$229,874-3%1,735-254$132$19,635,0383MGM / Weinstein
10American Dreamz$216,8400%1,500--$145$4,561,0221Universal