'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 Sun, Jul. 24 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 24 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$8,571,460-19%3,79020$2,262$114,059,0162Warner Bros.
2Wedding Crashers$8,378,290-14%2,9250$2,864$80,369,2482New Line
3Fantastic Four$3,832,998-25%3,449-170$1,111$122,931,4883Fox
4The Island (2005)$3,647,589-20%3,122--$1,168$12,409,2411DreamWorks
5Bad News Bears$3,110,298-25%3,183--$977$11,382,4951Paramount
6War of the Worlds$2,594,968-30%3,265-459$795$208,418,8304Paramount
7Hustle and Flow$2,154,562-28%1,013--$2,127$8,018,9121Paramount Classics
8The Devil's Rejects$1,825,628-19%1,757--$1,039$7,067,6061Lionsgate
9Batman Begins$1,279,053-42%2,275-535$562$191,108,5916Warner Bros.
10Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$1,029,975-33%1,916-454$538$174,645,1197Fox