'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 Fri, Jun. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$6,492,54980%4,38619$1,480$164,235,5373Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$6,257,000--2,697--$2,320$6,257,0001Universal
3Killers (2010)$5,674,553--2,859--$1,985$5,674,5531Lionsgate
4Sex and the City 2$4,350,00042%3,4450$1,263$65,133,9992Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$4,143,70381%3,6460$1,137$49,746,2932Disney
7Splice$2,702,000--2,450--$1,103$2,702,0001Warner Bros
8Iron Man 2$2,189,19975%3,007-797$728$285,700,3615Paramount
9Robin Hood$1,468,00056%2,599-774$565$90,598,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$949,59631%1,962-863$484$41,251,0654Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Date Night$254,07537%658-468$386$94,812,7179Fox
2Raajneeti$253,000--111--$2,279$253,0001UTV Communications
3Just Wright$224,10025%518-677$433$19,650,0604Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$135,09737%343-482$394$213,529,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$70,000-24%294-597$238$62,270,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
6City Island$65,65099%177-24$371$5,029,25412Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$62,47799%244-39$256$62,921,04112Fox
9The Bounty Hunter$61,053--249-38$245$65,817,97112Sony / Columbia
10The Losers$40,000578%206123$194$23,308,0007Warner Bros.
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,00089%134-91$269$161,476,00010Warner Bros.
12Hot Tub Time Machine$36,00033%203-161$177$50,128,00011MGM
13MacGruber$30,000-85%177-2369$169$8,392,0003Universal / Rogue
14The Back-up Plan$29,053-14%153-238$190$36,727,1017CBS Films
15Furry Vengeance$25,607147%125-122$205$16,556,4106Summit
16The Ghost Writer$23,155259%14789$158$15,373,94716Summit
17Shutter Island$22,34347%152-49$147$127,913,01316Paramount
18Death at a Funeral (2010)$22,123--102-145$217$42,038,9298Sony / Screen Gems
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$14,3154%105-72$136$60,037,83510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$75,000-6%47-1$1,596$7,407,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$40,701461%2216$1,850$306,1373Anchor Bay
4Under the Sea 3D$14,0008%17-1$824$22,281,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kites$12,560-25%58-118$217$1,567,3043Reliance Big Cinema
6Princess Kaiulani$12,2191%25-13$489$676,7344Roadside Attractions
7Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,76363%81-27$145$88,635,86417Fox
8The Secret of Kells$5,22579%24-1$218$554,74414GKIDS
9The Tooth Fairy$4,8294%46-30$105$59,982,76420Fox
10The Square (2010)$3,14585%172$185$296,9939Apparition
11The Joneses$64671%7-1$92$1,437,4738Roadside Attractions
12Letters to God$613-35%9--$68$2,841,6009Vivendi