'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 Wed, Aug. 3 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wedding Crashers$2,852,892-6%3,030105$942$124,865,0853New Line
2Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$2,485,426-3%3,775-15$658$155,970,2353Warner Bros.
3Sky High$2,011,386-2%2,905--$692$20,923,3401Disney
4Must Love Dogs$1,473,218-3%2,505--$588$17,396,6121Warner Bros.
5Stealth$1,228,619-11%3,495--$352$17,480,0731Sony / Columbia
6Bad News Bears$848,302-4%3,1830$267$25,337,9192Paramount
7The Island (2005)$828,269-6%3,13816$264$27,002,6352DreamWorks
8Fantastic Four$823,735-5%2,744-705$300$138,890,4104Fox
9War of the Worlds$632,675-7%2,324-941$272$220,412,2185Paramount
10The Devil's Rejects$360,098-7%1,7570$205$13,724,6002Lionsgate