'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 Fri, Aug. 1 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 1 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Wedding$12,228,837--3,172--$3,855$12,228,8371Universal
2Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$6,089,64971%3,36420$1,810$55,099,5122Miramax / Dimension
3Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$5,651,42466%3,390-26$1,667$196,340,6264Disney
5Bad Boys II$3,765,27864%3,022-180$1,246$102,376,3283Sony / Columbia
6Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$3,555,58064%3,2220$1,104$34,816,0382Paramount
7Gigli$1,449,210--2,215--$654$1,449,2101Sony / Columbia
8Finding Nemo$1,117,13537%1,777-248$629$317,277,32910Disney
9The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$951,60642%2,007-525$474$56,639,3864Fox
10Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$829,11643%1,910-750$434$140,700,5345Warner Bros.