Box bureau report: ‘American Sniper’ breaks Jan records

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American Sniper was approaching to do good this weekend after an considerable singular release, though not this well: The Clint Eastwood-directed fight film took in an estimated $90.2 million—and pennyless a few records.

The Oscar-nominated film set a new record for a Jan opening by holding in $30.5 million on Friday, violation a symbol set by Cloverfield ($17.2 million on Jan. 18, 2008). Jan is a notoriously delayed month during a box office, so Sniper‘s entrance is quite eye-opening.

American Sniper also took a integrate annals from James Cameron’s Avatar, which previously hold a annals for biggest Jan weekend opening (it done $68.5 million a initial weekend of 2010) and biggest sum for a singular day ($28.5 million) in January. This is large for Sniper, especially given a indolent starts for Clint Eastwood films lately: His final dual films, 2014’s Jersey Boys and 2011’s J. Edgar, opened with only $13.3 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

American Sniper‘s far-reaching recover came on a heels of a success during Thursday’s Oscar announcement: The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. This proclamation ideally coincided with Sniper‘s Friday far-reaching release, giving viewers who were formerly on a blockade about a movie—or only didn’t know about a movie—a reason to conduct to a theater.

As for a rest of a tip five, a Kevin Hart-led Wedding Ringer took a series dual mark with $21 million. This is scarcely half of what Ride Along, Hart’s comedy that non-stop during this accurate time final year, done a opening weekend, though it’s to be expected: The Wedding Ringer had to play opposite mixed new films with most some-more buzz, so a fact that it grossed a bit over $20 million—and is good on a approach to violation even with a $23 million budget—is in itself a success.

Family-friendly Paddington also did predictably good with $19.3 million, a series really helped by those with kids looking for a PG choice to a darker or raunchier films now in theaters. One of those darker films is Taken 3, which was number one final weekend though forsaken down to a series 4 mark this time around with $14.1 million, 64 percent reduction than a $39.2 million opening.

Selma, also a Best Picture nominee, dull out a tip 5 with $8.3 million. This is a 26 percent diminution from final weekend’s $11.3 million, though it should knowledge a boost in sheet sales Monday when it’s approaching viewers will conduct to a cinema to check out a Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic in jubilee of a Civil Rights leader’s birthday.

1. American Sniper — $90.2 million
2. The Wedding Ringer – $21 million
3. Paddington  $19.3 million
4. Taken 3$14.1 million
5. Selma $8.3 million

Outside a tip five, newcomer Blackhat just hardly done a tip 10 with a $4 million opening weekend. The cyber thriller, starring Chris Hemsworth and destined by Michael Mann, has been tormented with less-than-stellar reviews—it now has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—that expected contributed to a comparatively weak performance.

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