'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, May. 6 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 6 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$18,409,19111%4,054--$4,541$35,042,0491Paramount
2RV$5,004,37073%3,65112$1,371$27,796,7302Sony / Columbia
3Stick It$2,406,95728%2,0446$1,178$16,738,3972Disney
4United 93$2,310,63054%1,81924$1,270$18,653,7892Universal
5An American Haunting$2,291,33215%1,675--$1,368$4,278,8291Freestyle
6Ice Age: The Meltdown$1,909,275102%2,426-696$787$182,126,1206Fox
7Silent Hill$1,727,47146%2,556-376$676$39,818,8883Sony / Columbia
8Scary Movie 4$1,665,26152%2,537-881$656$82,714,7594Weinstein / Dimension
9Akeelah and the Bee$1,531,68173%2,1950$698$9,680,5402Lionsgate
10The Sentinel$1,448,44569%2,343-508$618$30,153,3233Fox