'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 Thu, Aug. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,727,301-10%3,270--$834$48,389,0851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$2,668,929-9%3,082--$866$35,102,9161Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$2,347,044-42%2,976--$789$6,363,9020Fox
4The Other Guys$1,710,211-11%3,6510$468$78,090,1452Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,279,112-7%2,976-442$430$254,193,4155Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,042,660-9%2,818--$370$15,696,2851Universal
7Despicable Me$880,750-21%2,923-490$301$226,394,9256Universal
8Step Up 3D$771,691-10%2,4394$316$33,718,5502Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$750,059-8%3,04642$246$62,280,1143Paramount / DreamWorks
10Salt$688,281-5%2,588-729$266$106,485,0934Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$551,076-24%2,479-1226$222$37,959,4773Warner Bros.
12Toy Story 3$332,064-9%1,087-627$305$402,280,5189Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$210,625-14%2,083-642$101$29,870,5953Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$190,143-1%1,212-492$157$296,649,9347Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$167,523-5%830-164$202$17,421,5126Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$101,179-20%491-987$206$23,885,7704Fox
3Grown Ups$96,966-6%804-965$121$158,524,1968Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$50,023-6%254-54$197$237,459,24613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$44,487-4%364-275$122$129,897,0477Paramount
6Knight and Day$31,7513%310-26$102$75,419,1578Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,4252%136-5$209$4,965,70410Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$19,4226%204-37$95$76,872,39510Fox
10Iron Man 2$18,1848%178-46$102$312,128,34515Paramount
12Killers (2010)$13,177-14%169-3$78$47,059,96311Lionsgate
13Middle Men$12,911-27%2520$51$708,6462Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$70,7232%541$1,310$13,681,17222Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,712-1%163$1,482$23,770,79379Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$17,947-26%64--$280$437,7131UTV Communications
4Flipped$15,053-14%42-3$358$520,8682Warner Bros.
5The Concert$9,912-3%190$522$235,2724Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,465-5%84-48$89$7,284,3209Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,191-1%61-42$101$53,004,35214Summit
8La Soga$5,0080%11--$455$74,63817-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,7335%81-119$58$95,347,69212Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,5949%122$300$94,8692Anchor Bay
11Solitary Man$3,58136%28-17$128$4,270,61513Anchor Bay
12Date Night$3,1266%33-13$95$98,669,09719Fox
13Tales From Earthsea$2,5459%5--$509$31,0891Disney
14The People I've Slept With$586-19%1--$586$7,7011People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$554-11%32$185$868,67514Roadside Attractions
16Twelve$492-28%12-219$41$183,9202Hannover House
17City Island$385-26%81$48$6,667,36622Anchor Bay