'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. 27 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 27 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Eagle Eye$12,378,88426%3,510--$3,527$22,179,5641Paramount / DreamWorks
2Nights in Rodanthe$5,518,01417%2,704--$2,041$10,249,8601Warner Bros.
3Lakeview Terrace$3,300,64563%2,4673$1,338$24,028,0402Sony / Screen Gems
4Burn After Reading$3,069,40688%2,649-8$1,159$44,075,7243Focus
6Righteous Kill$1,741,41271%3,011-141$578$33,761,7943Overture
7My Best Friend's Girl$1,640,30730%2,63632$622$13,636,1062Lionsgate
8Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$1,582,13495%1,604-466$986$32,031,0493Lionsgate
9Miracle at St. Anna$1,559,96161%1,185--$1,316$2,527,1231Disney
10Ghost Town (2008)$1,454,80790%1,5127$962$8,512,2172Paramount / DreamWorks