'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. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,000,000-61%4,008-62$4,242$254,182,5043Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$16,300,000-54%3,463-63$4,707$245,329,1894Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$14,200,000-45%2,0180$7,037$84,389,4734Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$12,600,000-47%3,67219$3,431$48,047,2532Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,500,000-44%2,9281$4,269$48,861,1412Fox
6Killing Them Softly$7,000,000--2,424--$2,888$7,000,0001Weinstein Company
7Wreck-It Ralph$6,900,000-58%3,087-172$2,235$158,136,2635Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,300,000-56%2,78156$2,265$31,072,7082FilmDistrict
10The Collection$2,700,000--1,403--$1,924$2,700,0001LD Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$3,100,000-29%3714$8,356$10,749,9813Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

No records.