'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 Wed, Dec. 26 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 26 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$12,441,872-9%3,832--$3,247$77,885,9101Disney
2I Am Legend$8,721,356-11%3,62014$2,409$159,673,2502Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$8,377,12539%3,49924$2,394$102,850,3032Fox
4Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem$4,372,482-54%2,563--$1,706$13,887,9740Fox
5Charlie Wilson's War$3,720,627-14%2,575--$1,445$19,673,1681Universal
6Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$2,747,403-13%1,249--$2,200$16,383,5911Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,546,4127%2,772--$919$4,931,8030Sony / Columbia
8P.S. I Love You$2,541,85622%2,454--$1,036$11,825,3091Warner Bros.
9The Great Debaters$2,036,044-44%1,164--$1,749$5,675,1320MGM / Weinstein