'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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Feb. 6 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 6 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Because I Said So$897,9920%2,526--$355$14,917,7851Universal
2The Messengers$710,978-18%2,528--$281$16,295,5331Sony / Screen Gems
3Smokin' Aces$586,288-12%2,2191$264$25,993,5892Universal
4Epic Movie$378,173-17%2,84039$133$30,388,2482Fox
5Night at the Museum$360,190-8%3,003-238$120$225,752,5567Fox
6Pan's Labyrinth$344,1771%1,082259$318$22,397,2086Picturehouse
7Dreamgirls$329,3693%2,79712$118$93,403,1016Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Queen$268,9088%1,85020$145$45,928,11219Miramax
9The Pursuit of Happyness$235,152-1%2,233-455$105$157,688,6218Sony / Columbia
10Stomp the Yard$217,660-13%2,16954$100$56,327,6834Sony / Screen Gems