'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, May. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$28,890,58739%4,359--$6,628$49,692,9281Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$11,505,39252%4,177-213$2,754$243,719,7043Paramount
3Robin Hood$7,851,00039%3,5052$2,240$60,908,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$3,755,05625%2,9757$1,262$25,081,2882Summit
5Just Wright$1,859,63439%1,8310$1,016$13,606,6912Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$1,467,000-7%2,551--$575$3,036,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$1,317,66243%1,869-612$705$90,076,4487Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$988,00028%2,125-950$465$59,404,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$859,53280%1,751-869$491$210,426,4499Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$410,85633%1,079-1418$381$35,697,6275CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$241,780102%1,369-1326$177$15,962,3174Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kites$376,2048%208--$1,809$723,1511Reliance Big Cinema
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$242,87759%561-501$433$41,321,1726Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$209,97765%4118$511$332,046,83112Disney
5City Island$204,276101%234-19$873$4,074,25310Anchor Bay
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$160,00060%412-888$388$160,860,0008Warner Bros.
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$124,81770%352-116$355$62,264,41110Fox
10The Last Song$91,71828%357-445$257$61,585,2928Disney
11Hot Tub Time Machine$91,00034%278-180$327$49,506,0009MGM
13Shutter Island$81,57743%256-54$319$127,461,92414Paramount
14The Bounty Hunter$64,78233%170-123$381$65,223,75310Sony / Columbia
15The Losers$54,00042%185-516$292$23,047,0005Warner Bros.
16Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$42,59480%166-43$257$88,456,65715Fox
17Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$32,22777%133-148$242$59,790,4238Lionsgate
18The Tooth Fairy$24,81977%115-17$216$59,888,34618Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$97,000-16%480$2,021$6,301,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,54534%4714$1,246$379,6612Roadside Attractions
3Solitary Man$40,02972%4--$10,007$63,2941Anchor Bay
4The Ghost Writer$38,332100%86-64$446$15,188,29414Summit
5Our Family Wedding$21,82362%84-19$260$20,150,21511Fox Searchlight
6Under the Sea 3D$14,000-26%180$778$22,096,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Racing Dreams$11,606222%33--$352$15,2121Hanover House
9The Secret of Kells$10,385108%23-3$452$488,37012GKIDS
10The Runaways$8,436102%30-19$281$3,555,26310Apparition
11The Square (2010)$6,57774%12-2$548$259,0217Apparition
12The Joneses$5,07464%27-29$188$1,423,4676Roadside Attractions
13Crazy Heart$3,34929%28-22$120$39,452,57223Fox Searchlight