'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, Sep. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burn After Reading$7,937,91723%2,651--$2,994$14,392,3541Focus
2Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$7,239,58216%2,070--$3,497$13,501,4851Lionsgate
3Righteous Kill$6,443,62810%3,152--$2,044$12,291,2761Overture
4The Women (2008)$3,896,2538%2,962--$1,315$7,510,1791Picturehouse
5The Dark Knight$1,951,60175%2,191-384$891$516,746,5939Warner Bros.
6The House Bunny$1,918,74348%2,76327$694$38,022,6774Sony / Columbia
7Tropic Thunder$1,901,14256%2,927-519$650$101,907,9295Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bangkok Dangerous$1,067,93444%2,6544$402$11,938,8722Lionsgate
10Death Race$902,50358%2,007-579$450$32,649,2384Universal