'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 Mon, Aug. 25 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 25 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$1,897,590-62%3,35233$566$67,737,0492Paramount / DreamWorks
2The House Bunny$1,503,854-56%2,714--$554$16,038,4191Sony / Columbia
3Death Race$1,266,036-64%2,532--$500$13,886,7321Universal
4The Dark Knight$1,183,710-62%3,163-427$374$490,610,3076Warner Bros.
5Pineapple Express$765,904-55%2,620-452$292$74,544,1343Sony / Columbia
6Mamma Mia!$666,749-46%2,326-445$287$125,134,8836Universal
7Star Wars: The Clone Wars$577,916-66%3,4520$167$25,576,8542Warner Bros.
9The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$377,031-52%2,170-544$174$38,699,1133Warner Bros.
10The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$363,078-70%2,422-941$150$94,283,4444Universal