'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 Sat, Aug. 3 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Austin Powers in Goldmember$11,549,48912%3,6130$3,197$132,436,5562New Line
3The Master of Disguise$4,459,332-5%2,565--$1,739$9,142,7761Sony / Columbia
4Road to Perdition$2,764,39447%2,33282$1,185$75,197,7924DreamWorks
5Stuart Little 2$2,312,32523%3,095-187$747$44,940,0413Sony / Columbia
6Men in Black II$1,936,62535%2,902-640$667$180,643,1045Sony / Columbia
7The Country Bears$1,221,16125%2,5530$478$10,854,1602Disney
8K-19: The Widowmaker$1,175,59137%1,139-1691$1,032$29,921,3653Paramount
9Mr. Deeds$811,39717%1,966-343$413$120,287,8276Sony / Columbia
10Minority Report$695,75434%1,139-226$611$126,151,0537Fox