'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, Jan. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along$12,000,000-44%2,867108$4,186$92,662,7503Universal
2That Awkward Moment$10,000,000--2,809--$3,560$10,000,0001Focus
3Frozen (2013)$9,500,0004%2,754-3$3,450$360,202,32911Disney
4The Nut Job$8,000,000-34%3,4720$2,304$50,632,9953Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,000,000-46%3,285123$2,131$104,693,5566Universal
6Labor Day (2013)$5,500,000--2,584--$2,128$5,500,0001Paramount
7Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,450,000-40%2,907-480$1,875$39,017,9703Paramount
8American Hustle$4,200,000-41%2,216-88$1,895$133,521,1798Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$3,500,000-36%1,607-197$2,178$104,026,7616Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$3,300,000-62%2,7530$1,199$14,270,0702Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$2,900,000-42%2,319-92$1,251$31,528,1466Weinstein Company

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