'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 Tue, Sep. 16 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 16 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burn After Reading$1,640,68810%2,651--$619$22,262,0171Focus
2Righteous Kill$1,388,09013%3,152--$440$18,902,8991Overture
3The Women (2008)$1,029,14326%2,962--$347$11,964,6111Picturehouse
4Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$926,908-11%2,070--$448$19,352,2321Lionsgate
5Tropic Thunder$337,5268%2,927-519$115$103,622,8245Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Dark Knight$306,26410%2,191-384$140$518,391,1029Warner Bros.
7Bangkok Dangerous$266,45012%2,6544$100$13,228,2552Lionsgate
8The House Bunny$241,83311%2,76327$88$39,417,7724Sony / Columbia
9Mamma Mia!$197,10124%1,517-387$130$139,758,0959Universal