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'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 16 - Sun, Nov. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$135,000,000--4,070--$33,170$135,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$41,000,000-54%3,5050$11,698$160,837,1082Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$20,000,0002018%1,7751764$11,268$21,418,8362Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$18,500,000-44%3,622-130$5,108$121,667,2903Disney
5Flight$8,700,000-41%2,612565$3,331$61,420,8103Paramount
6Argo$4,000,000-40%2,210-553$1,810$91,952,4806Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$2,200,000-45%2,063-424$1,066$134,724,3897Fox
8Pitch Perfect$1,250,000-51%1,122-269$1,114$61,066,3588Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$1,200,000-52%1,350-694$889$41,019,0156Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$1,150,000--161--$7,143$1,808,2201Yash Raj Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
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