'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 Fri, Apr. 28 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 28 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RV$4,599,415--3,639--$1,264$4,599,4151Sony / Columbia
2Stick It$4,103,044--2,038--$2,013$4,103,0441Disney
3United 93$3,688,915--1,795--$2,055$3,688,9151Universal
4Silent Hill$2,985,248177%2,9326$1,018$27,916,7402Sony / Columbia
5Scary Movie 4$2,418,953256%3,418-256$708$72,781,4773Weinstein / Dimension
6The Sentinel$2,254,352169%2,85132$791$20,194,0422Fox
7Ice Age: The Meltdown$1,707,818203%3,122-418$547$172,364,7125Fox
8Akeelah and the Bee$1,692,804--2,195--$771$1,692,8041Lionsgate
9The Benchwarmers$1,286,238293%2,695-399$477$49,665,3444Sony / Columbia
10The Wild$1,026,208177%2,605-249$394$24,738,2553Disney