'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 Wed, May. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$4,076,616-13%4,359--$935$85,308,4411Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$1,684,755-7%4,177-213$403$256,736,6863Paramount
3Robin Hood$1,489,625-11%3,5052$425$71,177,8452Universal
4Letters to Juliet$809,861-9%2,9757$272$29,888,7022Summit
5MacGruber$357,140-18%2,551--$140$5,306,2401Universal / Rogue
6Just Wright$294,484-18%1,8310$161$15,712,8932Fox Searchlight
7Date Night$230,070-4%1,869-612$123$91,485,0997Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$202,000-6%2,125-950$95$60,617,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$143,387-2%1,751-869$82$211,470,9559Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$76,879-16%1,079-1418$71$36,183,3355CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$37,833-9%1,369-1326$28$16,258,4424Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$54,057-13%4118$132$332,370,57912Disney
4Death at a Funeral (2010)$46,715-13%561-501$83$41,617,5706Sony / Screen Gems
5Kites$44,383-24%208--$213$1,145,8941Reliance Big Cinema
6City Island$35,144-9%234-19$150$4,296,84910Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,0000%412-888$83$161,073,0008Warner Bros.
9Hot Tub Time Machine$32,000-9%278-180$115$49,689,0009MGM
11The Last Song$20,373-9%357-445$57$61,707,7738Disney
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$19,450-14%352-116$55$62,411,46810Fox
13Shutter Island$19,443-3%256-54$76$127,622,39014Paramount
14The Losers$11,000-8%185-516$59$23,119,0005Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$9,1641%166-43$55$88,509,06615Fox
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,865-9%133-148$44$59,826,9658Lionsgate
17The Tooth Fairy$5,240-5%115-17$46$59,918,26718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$82,00017%480$1,708$6,597,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$19,7096%4714$419$483,7382Roadside Attractions
3Under the Sea 3D$13,0008%180$722$22,145,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Solitary Man$10,09122%4--$2,523$123,7291Anchor Bay
5The Ghost Writer$7,7164%86-64$90$15,231,93114Summit
6Our Family Wedding$4,9720%84-19$59$20,180,50811Fox Searchlight
8Letters to God$3,70095%39-35$95$2,832,0007Vivendi
9The Secret of Kells$3,01217%23-3$131$504,39312GKIDS
10The Square (2010)$1,47411%12-2$123$266,2577Apparition
11The Runaways$1,446-34%30-19$48$3,566,26910Apparition
12The Joneses$1,35814%27-29$50$1,431,0656Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$987-3%31--$32$22,7331Hanover House
14Crazy Heart$959-15%28-22$34$39,457,81423Fox Searchlight