'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, Oct. 27 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw IV$10,477,105-29%3,183--$3,292$25,233,0971Lionsgate
2Dan in Real Life$4,919,44718%1,921--$2,561$9,086,7611Disney
3The Game Plan$2,841,63855%3,34241$850$75,480,8635Disney
430 Days of Night$2,704,69820%2,8594$946$25,576,3202Sony / Columbia
5Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$2,676,26965%1,897-137$1,411$45,859,2473Lionsgate
6Michael Clayton$2,274,05545%2,5850$880$27,586,9254Warner Bros.
7Gone Baby Gone$1,654,26633%1,7130$966$10,315,2122Miramax
8The Comebacks$1,473,33721%2,8120$524$9,250,8382Fox Atomic
9We Own the Night$1,427,79733%2,40240$594$24,169,5753Sony / Columbia
10Rendition$1,007,50232%2,2500$448$7,224,0872New Line