'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, Nov. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$20,547,47264%3,944--$5,210$33,077,8691Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$13,036,4827%3,355--$3,886$25,252,9971Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$7,797,2245%2,127--$3,666$15,208,2361Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$4,052,88056%3,229-120$1,255$69,661,3414Summit
5Saw 3D$3,401,17631%2,8080$1,211$36,597,1842Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$3,208,47936%3,168-71$1,013$75,499,3203Paramount
7Jackass 3D$2,233,42539%2,165-974$1,032$109,562,3724Paramount
8Hereafter$1,838,00154%2,365-59$777$27,741,8214Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$1,627,51555%1,860-907$875$84,124,6256Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$1,416,47241%1,950-910$726$47,864,3085Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$754,81562%672107$1,123$4,387,5884Fox Searchlight
2The Town$561,67266%801-807$701$89,483,8538Warner Bros.
3Easy A$230,72653%486-776$475$57,130,1528Sony / Screen Gems
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$220,726100%740-1270$298$53,861,1717Warner Bros.
5Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$177,873101%353-580$504$51,820,5277Fox
6Waiting for 'Superman'$172,07341%242-88$711$5,307,3757Paramount Vantage
7Despicable Me$153,51585%307-28$500$248,220,41518Universal
8Inception$143,52146%291-110$493$291,372,65517Warner Bros.
10It's Kind of a Funny Story$79,32046%201-276$395$6,156,0865Focus
11Stone$78,18851%109-16$717$1,444,0395Relativity / Overture
12The Other Guys$75,83149%235-67$323$118,980,13714Sony / Columbia
13Takers$71,12265%21583$331$57,530,60911Sony / Screen Gems
14Nowhere Boy$66,17671%17522$378$1,159,9735Weinstein Company
15Alpha and Omega$62,81290%288-388$218$24,403,3838Lionsgate
16Case 39$29,67847%157-249$189$13,161,5726Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$292,90565%46--$6,368$470,5901Summit
2127 Hours$104,66335%4--$26,166$181,9251Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$79,81230%60-1$1,330$17,693,53034Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Catfish$22,01043%55-82$400$3,138,8438Universal / Rogue
5Under the Sea 3D$20,36994%14-2$1,455$24,701,57891Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Never Let Me Go$19,06671%51-75$374$2,272,5838Fox Searchlight
7Let Me In$13,84626%95-283$146$11,991,9756Relativity / Overture
10Jack Goes Boating$6,28056%31-4$203$489,0858Relativity / Overture
11The Tillman Story$5,36846%240$224$761,07612Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$3,98021%51$796$40,5472Freestyle
13Piranha 3D$3,32417%6-13$554$24,999,73012Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$1,79054%10-1$179$6,216,89822Roadside Attractions
15The Concert$1,054105%4-2$264$653,19816Weinstein Company
16I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$48364%2-1$242$91,2855Anchor Bay