'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, Oct. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,231,517-11%2,7710$444$50,818,2942Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$1,080,372-13%3,150--$343$18,531,2991Warner Bros.
4The Town$550,343-10%2,720-215$202$75,956,4634Warner Bros.
5Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$401,649-13%2,829-768$142$45,111,3833Fox
6My Soul to Take$386,125-21%2,572--$150$8,372,0601Universal / Rogue
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$365,460-14%3,225-350$113$41,337,4953Warner Bros.
8Easy A$275,755-11%2,847-127$97$49,375,1834Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$226,803-11%2,2121$103$10,482,4762Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$218,634-13%2,04221$107$9,996,4692Relativity / Overture
11You Again$191,513-12%2,332-216$82$21,543,1453Disney
12Resident Evil: Afterlife$111,123-6%1,012-895$110$59,269,3185Sony / Screen Gems
14Alpha and Omega$94,661-13%1,616-687$59$21,632,2084Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$165,485-6%742--$223$2,619,3541Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$78,96315%10369$767$1,685,1933Paramount Vantage
3Inception$44,102-4%403-222$109$289,350,07613Warner Bros.
4Catfish$41,4706%1437$290$2,380,8344Universal / Rogue
5Never Let Me Go$39,894-12%167124$239$1,292,0374Fox Searchlight
6Takers$25,232-14%412-361$61$56,877,9747Sony / Screen Gems
7Despicable Me$22,945-7%353-110$65$246,672,18014Universal
8The Expendables$12,017-7%225-185$53$102,777,4059Lionsgate
9Dinner for Schmucks$10,240-7%159-102$64$73,014,53111Paramount / DreamWorks
10The American$9,905-6%174-200$57$35,409,0686Focus
12Nanny McPhee Returns$9,540-15%318-163$30$28,776,4558Universal
13Lottery Ticket$8,684-1%194-108$45$24,486,8168Warner Bros.
14Going the Distance (2010)$7,870-16%19675$40$17,775,0376Warner Bros. / New Line
15Vampires Suck$6,312-10%190-71$33$36,538,9748Fox
16Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,085-10%119-69$34$43,534,67611Warner Bros.
17Ramona and Beezus$4,0395%106-55$38$26,057,80712Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,56612%602$593$16,561,44930Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$9,62033%180$534$24,440,04687Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$8,234-17%6--$1,372$104,7981Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$6,193-13%9011$69$393,9314Relativity / Overture
6Winter's Bone$4,28956%57-21$75$6,177,09018Roadside Attractions
7Nowhere Boy$4,104-7%4--$1,026$67,6931Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,7281%83-58$45$300,489,84715Summit
10I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$3,59418%12--$300$44,2771Anchor Bay
11The Kids Are All Right$3,23829%31-33$104$20,783,57114Focus
12The Tillman Story$2,58711%24-3$108$675,1288Weinstein Company
13Piranha 3D$2,49014%54-41$46$24,958,8968Weinstein Company
14The Concert$1,22730%10-11$123$634,88712Weinstein Company
15Flipped$591-13%18-17$33$1,754,13610Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$231-26%2-1$116$165,03710Anchor Bay