'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, Aug. 29 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 29 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$10,159,267-6%3,121--$3,255$21,005,6361Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$8,072,66438%3,1650$2,551$67,635,1062Weinstein Company
3Halloween II (2009)$5,646,130-26%3,025--$1,866$13,272,5841Weinstein / Dimension
4District 9$4,383,19048%3,180130$1,378$87,462,9313Sony / TriStar
5G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$3,495,62754%3,467-486$1,008$130,193,8214Paramount
6Julie & Julia$3,109,08449%2,50340$1,242$68,791,3714Sony / Columbia
7The Time Traveler's Wife$2,798,23333%2,961-27$945$46,357,0363Warner Bros. / New Line
8Shorts$2,102,90267%3,1050$677$12,057,5482Warner Bros.
9Taking Woodstock$1,441,68721%1,393--$1,035$2,649,3521Focus Features