'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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Apr. 30 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 30 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Obsessed$1,327,667-2%2,514--$528$34,802,6301Sony / Screen Gems
2Earth (2009)$778,7933%1,8040$432$17,663,3761Disneynature
3The Soloist$665,217-1%2,024--$329$12,508,8531Paramount / DreamWorks
417 Again$574,0683%3,2550$176$42,144,8342Warner Bros. / New Line
5State of Play$504,857-8%2,8074$180$27,229,5862Universal
6Fighting$473,561-9%2,309--$205$13,332,7321Universal / Rogue
7Monsters vs. Aliens$446,3866%3,358-304$133$176,609,1075Paramount / DreamWorks
8Fast & Furious$391,293-4%3,566-108$110$147,039,2294Universal
9Hannah Montana: The Movie$289,2517%3,231113$90$66,779,5533Disney
10Crank: High Voltage$237,048-9%2,2230$107$12,805,4412Lionsgate