'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 Thu, Jul. 17 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 17 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$6,434,559-9%3,269246$1,968$98,972,9271Disney
2The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$2,018,634-11%3,002--$672$32,372,9721Fox
3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$1,831,092-10%3,5040$523$118,566,6612Warner Bros.
4Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$1,381,271-16%3,37525$409$69,333,0622MGM
5Finding Nemo$1,287,496-11%2,643-69$487$296,519,0977Disney
6Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$886,259-12%3,202-283$277$85,424,2423Sony / Columbia
7Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$643,647-16%3,0860$209$21,537,9302DreamWorks
828 Days Later$520,146-12%1,378-29$377$30,857,4683Fox Searchlight
10The Italian Job$353,249-11%1,364-220$259$90,354,7357Paramount