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Box Office: 'American Sniper' Shatters Records With $90.2 Million Weekend

Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 11:13 AM

By Brent Lang

"American Sniper" hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend.

It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in $100 million or more over the four-day period. It's also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide-release opening for 2008's "Gran Torino." At 84, he's still got it.

"American Sniper," recently picked up Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Actor for star Bradley Cooper, and the awards buzz only intensified interest in the film. The war drama was co-produced and co-financed by Village Roadshow for less than $60 million.

"American Sniper" wasn't the only record-breaker. Sony and Screen Gems' "The Wedding Ringer," starring Kevin Hart as a best man for hire, is looking to be the number one R-rated comedy opening for the month of January. The film will earned $21 million for the weekend and should pick up $25 million for the four-day holiday. Hart has been on a roll at the box office of late, starring in the recent hits "Ride Along" and "Think Like a Man."

The Weinstein Co.'s "Paddington" opened to $19.3 million from 3,303 screens for the weekend and a third-place finish. By Monday, however, it could supplant "The Wedding Ringer" as the holiday's second highest grossing film as it is also expected to earn roughly $25 million over the four-day period. The Weinstein Company picked up U.S. distribution rights from StudioCanal, which financed the $55 million adaptation of Michael Bond's beloved series about a talking bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches.

"American Sniper's" success was bad news for the weekend's other adult drama, "Blackhat." Michael Mann's look at the way we hack now flopped, earning a doleful $4 million from 2,567 locations for the weekend and should make $4.6 million over the holiday. That's a dreadful result for the $70 million production and the worst of Mann's career. It's lower even than the modest $10 million the studio projected "Blackhat" would pull in over the four-day period. Legendary Pictures backed the film, with Universal distributing.

The top five was rounded out by holdovers, "Taken 3" and "Selma."

 

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By Brent Lang American Sniper hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend.It is now on pace to decimate records for the Martin Luther Kingholiday and for the month of January, pulling in $100 million or more over the four-day period. It's...
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