'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, Feb. 23 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 23 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vantage Point$9,940,21625%3,149--$3,157$17,885,9511Sony / Columbia
2The Spiderwick Chronicles$6,042,377104%3,8470$1,571$39,983,5452Paramount
4Step Up 2 the Streets$4,328,61441%2,48010$1,745$39,022,4612Disney
5Fool's Gold$3,033,02953%3,075-50$986$51,179,5663Warner Bros.
6Definitely, Maybe$2,397,13747%2,22016$1,080$20,626,4772Universal
7Juno$2,033,40889%1,727-138$1,177$129,392,4619Fox Searchlight
8Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins$2,004,66191%1,873-514$1,070$34,560,3893Universal
9There Will Be Blood$1,356,657108%1,402-8$968$34,435,1349Paramount Vantage
10The Bucket List$1,210,28277%1,902-405$636$84,499,1577Warner Bros.