'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 Tue, Aug. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$3,866,939-2%3,270--$1,183$42,632,6851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,341,82310%3,082--$1,084$29,490,1981Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$2,236,419-1%3,6510$613$74,449,0312Sony / Columbia
4Inception$1,541,4161%3,120-298$494$251,543,2575Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,437,180-2%2,818--$510$13,512,3351Universal
6Step Up 3D$1,193,04713%2,4394$489$32,094,0612Disney
7Despicable Me$1,109,2851%2,923-490$380$224,402,6706Universal
8Dinner for Schmucks$969,5891%3,04642$318$60,711,7953Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$868,97613%2,834-483$307$105,075,6114Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$757,2787%2,728-977$278$36,686,2473Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$369,331-5%1,219-495$303$401,584,3539Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$323,905-3%2,083-642$155$29,415,6453Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$211,187-2%1,212-492$174$296,268,3437Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$184,9508%830-164$223$17,078,1936Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$163,3012%632-846$258$23,658,5594Fox
3Grown Ups$135,4571%968-801$140$158,323,6688Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$65,54120%254-54$258$237,356,20313Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$54,54513%364-275$150$129,806,3337Paramount
6Knight and Day$36,25717%310-26$117$75,356,5418Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,26610%136-5$208$4,909,36710Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$22,24717%204-37$109$76,834,72710Fox
10Middle Men$20,83617%2520$83$678,0122Paramount
12Iron Man 2$19,04413%178-46$107$312,093,36015Paramount
13Killers (2010)$16,1289%169-3$95$47,031,46411Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,7330%541$1,273$13,541,83022Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$28,42429%163$1,777$23,723,11879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$26,70443%64--$417$395,4861UTV Communications
4Flipped$20,0562%44-1$456$488,2942Warner Bros.
5The Concert$8,65917%190$456$215,1484Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$8,2122%84-48$98$7,268,9669Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,52912%61-42$107$52,991,90114Summit
8La Soga$6,0992%11--$554$64,60917-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$5,01712%81-119$62$95,338,45112Warner Bros. / New Line
10Solitary Man$3,83068%28-17$137$4,264,39413Anchor Bay
11Date Night$3,54513%33-13$107$98,663,01619Fox
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,20116%122$267$87,9922Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$2,468-21%5--$494$26,2111Disney
14The People I've Slept With$2,428887%1--$2,428$6,3901People Pictures
15Twelve$61212%12-219$51$182,7482Hannover House
16Princess Kaiulani$494-24%32$165$867,49914Roadside Attractions
17City Island$322-1%81$40$6,666,45822Anchor Bay