'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 Fri, May. 2 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man$35,234,488907%4,105--$8,583$38,735,1191Paramount
2Made of Honor$5,554,259--2,729--$2,035$5,554,2591Sony / Columbia
3Baby Mama$3,477,226230%2,5485$1,365$25,474,5582Universal
4Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$2,098,527136%2,54535$825$21,355,1012Warner Bros. / New Line
5Forgetting Sarah Marshall$1,952,345149%2,87273$680$40,625,3893Universal
6The Forbidden Kingdom$1,179,862114%2,960-191$399$42,105,7883Lionsgate
7Prom Night (2008)$871,289398%2,434-387$358$39,816,4094Sony / Screen Gems
821$647,165149%2,242-710$289$77,602,2956Sony / Columbia
9Nim's Island$646,302272%2,478-499$261$40,436,0215Fox
1088 Minutes$449,80577%1,765-403$255$14,275,8953Sony / Columbia