'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. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$12,508,787-5%3,651--$3,426$25,633,0201Sony / Columbia
2Inception$7,382,80833%3,418-127$2,160$222,066,9434Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$5,162,619-22%2,435--$2,120$11,819,9451Disney
4Salt$4,448,89135%3,317-295$1,341$88,618,8383Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$3,930,14817%3,00493$1,308$43,548,1102Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$3,634,84528%3,413-189$1,065$206,488,6855Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,722,47926%3,7050$735$24,409,0352Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$1,689,500-2%2,7257$620$22,202,0552Universal
9Toy Story 3$1,211,63738%1,714-391$707$395,357,7238Disney
10Grown Ups$1,008,91230%1,769-500$570$155,049,4657Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$964,19239%1,766-758$546$56,358,1994Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$899,38124%1,704-630$528$292,435,1256Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$600,35215%1,478-1241$406$20,573,4303Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,102,57353%994147$1,109$13,266,5145Focus
2The Last Airbender$287,78643%639-599$450$128,754,9316Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$241,47132%442-19$546$173,695,4019Sony / Columbia
5Shrek Forever After$170,28429%308-22$553$236,422,07012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Knight and Day$130,44532%336-495$388$74,773,9237Fox
7Winter's Bone$125,54357%1412$890$4,387,8199Roadside Attractions
8Middle Men$117,55013%252--$466$221,2331Paramount
9Iron Man 2$80,88442%224-62$361$311,750,35214Paramount
10The A-Team$75,29926%241-41$312$76,468,9719Fox
11Twelve$43,36522%231--$188$78,8831Hannover House
13Cyrus$42,15659%132-84$319$7,107,3678Fox Searchlight
14Killers (2010)$41,3008%172-47$240$46,829,12210Lionsgate
15Sex and the City 2$30,48335%200158$152$95,214,37311Warner Bros. / New Line
16Get Him to the Greek$26,40014%110-45$240$60,880,30510Universal
17Letters to Juliet$24,64524%103-70$239$52,880,90113Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$103,70717%530$1,957$12,709,10521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$88,35421%45--$1,963$161,3881Warner Bros.
3The Concert$27,37356%1917$1,441$81,2923Weinstein Company
4Under the Sea 3D$22,9632%130$1,766$23,468,58178Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Solitary Man$19,25655%45-18$428$4,196,32912Anchor Bay
6The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,81723%10--$1,582$28,6571Anchor Bay
7Date Night$12,01631%46-30$261$98,599,75618Fox
8Jonah Hex$7,14428%25-58$286$10,536,0598Warner Bros.
10Grease Sing-a-Long$3,80954%21-12$181$302,9165Paramount
11City Island$2,15875%7-8$308$6,654,25721Anchor Bay
12Princess Kaiulani$45420%1-1$454$861,19213Roadside Attractions