'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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 31 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 31 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sum of All Fears$10,051,590--3,183--$3,158$10,051,5901Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$5,363,95364%3,1610$1,697$216,684,1513Fox
3Spider-Man$3,715,26485%3,646-230$1,019$343,220,5735Sony / Columbia
4Undercover Brother$3,651,453--2,167--$1,685$3,651,4531Universal
5Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$2,780,01991%3,36245$827$30,227,4562DreamWorks
6Insomnia (2002)$2,779,78353%2,6100$1,065$34,447,1932Warner Bros.
7Enough$2,072,755109%2,6230$790$22,413,1742Sony / Columbia
8About a Boy$1,211,05478%1,7567$690$24,932,6373Universal
10The New Guy$434,37725%1,676-698$259$25,839,2284Sony / Columbia