'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 Sun, Aug. 8 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 8 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$8,699,876-10%2,161--$4,026$26,355,1211Disney
2Runaway Bride$5,811,149-31%3,1613$1,838$73,445,7322Paramount
3The Thomas Crown Affair$4,447,343-23%2,427--$1,832$14,283,2761MGM
4Inspector Gadget$3,123,266-10%2,862-15$1,091$64,133,8523Disney
5Mystery Men$2,990,742-18%2,136--$1,400$10,019,5971Universal
6The Haunting$1,910,258-24%2,88117$663$77,338,8993DreamWorks
7American Pie$1,400,098-9%1,795-641$780$85,508,5025Universal
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$757,469-14%1,199-429$632$412,781,18112Fox
9Wild Wild West$198,923-35%1,157-994$172$110,730,5116Warner Bros.