'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 Wed, Jul. 19 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 19 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Scary Movie$2,818,249-17%3,152240$894$99,427,4182Miramax / Dimension
3The Perfect Storm$1,783,844-10%3,4070$524$134,082,5833Warner Bros.
4Disney's The Kid$1,549,7086%2,320153$668$34,326,6492Disney
5The Patriot$1,067,744-13%3,0610$349$86,159,6333Sony / Columbia
6Me, Myself & Irene$711,581-13%2,850-146$250$79,346,3704Fox
7The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$384,01310%2,328-154$165$21,466,0153Universal
8Gone in 60 Seconds$346,968-14%1,702-169$204$92,086,0376Disney
9Big Momma's House$324,050-5%1,643-283$197$109,298,0197Fox
10Mission: Impossible II$218,009-22%1,709-348$128$208,428,6758Paramount