'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, May. 5 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 5 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men Origins: Wolverine$4,632,337-15%4,099--$1,130$95,141,1691Fox
2Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,167,07712%3,175--$368$17,622,6401Warner Bros. / New Line
3Obsessed$748,270-1%2,5140$298$48,360,6852Sony / Screen Gems
4The Soloist$461,4309%2,0339$227$19,047,4442Paramount / DreamWorks
5Earth (2009)$402,57414%1,8040$223$22,759,6222Disneynature
617 Again$341,63810%3,2550$105$49,158,6813Warner Bros. / New Line
7State of Play$305,11014%2,445-362$125$31,518,5653Universal
8Monsters vs. Aliens$292,990-2%2,626-732$112$183,006,2656Paramount / DreamWorks
9Fighting$289,2040%2,3123$125$17,921,2672Universal / Rogue
10Fast & Furious$190,056-1%2,547-1019$75$150,184,7035Universal