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Weekend Box Office Report: January 16-18, 2015

01.18.2015

American Sniper is #1 with a bullet!

Audiences were looking for a taste of war this weekend, putting AMERICAN SNIPER at the top of the box office with an estimated $90.2 million!

After an outstanding limited release (it collected $3.4 million since Christmas Day on just four screens), director Clint Eastwood's tense Oscar-nominated biopic fired into more than 3500 locations and gunned down the previous records for biggest January opening day and weekend, with an anticipated $105 million total including tomorrow's Martin Luther King holiday. (Another fact-based wartime action-drama, the Mark Wahlberg-starring LONE SURVIVOR, also found success last January.) It's also the second-biggest R-rated opening, behind THE MATRIX RELOADED.

Aside from his voice work as Rocket in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which opened to $94.3 million, AMERICAN SNIPER easily marks the biggest opening for actor Bradley Cooper (who also produced the $60 million adaptation of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Kyle's bestselling autobiography). It's also expected to become Eastwood's highest-grossing directorial effort -- GRAN TORINO's $148 million domestic total is the current champ.

Critics hesitantly approved of the jingoism with a 73% average on Rotten Tomatoes, but moviegoers cheered the headshots with an uncommon 'A+' CinemaScore.

Kevin Hart's latest comedy had to settle for second place as his new R-rated THE WEDDING RINGER grabbed $21 million (on a modest $23 million reported budget). Hart's movie would've likely won on a weekend without such ballistic competition, but the opening instead came in below any of his starring roles last year (RIDE ALONG opened to $41.5 over this same weekend in 2014, and THINK LIKE A MAN TOO and ABOUT LAST NIGHT started with $29.2 million and $25.6 million respectively). Hart also got jilted by critics (32% on Rotten Tomatoes), although audiences said "Yes" with a decent 'A-' CinemaScore.

Opening in third place was the family-friendly PADDINGTON with $19.2 million. The PG-rated bear adventure, based on the popular children's books, was a hit with both critics (98% on Rotten Tomatoes) and crowds ('A' CinemaScore), and is already a blockbuster with international audiences.

Dropping to fourth was last weekend's winner TAKEN 3 with $14 million, a 64% plunge from its opening. Liam Neeson's skilled vindicator (who has collected $160 million worldwide) was followed by the (barely) Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama SELMA with $8.3 million, a drop of just 26% from its first weekend in wide release. Fellow nominee THE IMITATION GAME continued calculating in sixth with another $7.1 million.

December holdovers INTO THE WOODS, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES and UNBROKEN filled out the list ahead of director Michael Mann's new cyber-thriller BLACKHAT, which was virtually ignored in tenth place with an opening of $4 million. The $70 million Chris Hemsworth vehicle got shut down by both critics (32% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (a dire 'C-' CinemaScore), although actual computer hackers gave it their endorsement.

Outside the chart, ANNIE, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 all disappeared, while out of the limited releases, the Julianne Moore Alzheimer's drama STILL ALICE had the best showing with an unmemorable $17k per-screen average.

Next weekend delivers the mustachioed Johnny Depp comedy MORTDECAI, the George Lucas-written computer-animated fantasy STRANGE MAGIC, and the Jennifer Lopez thriller THE BOY NEXT DOOR.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. American Sniper $90.2 M $93.6 M
2. The Wedding Ringer $21 M
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3. Paddington $19.2 M
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4. Taken 3 $14 M $62.8 M
5. Selma $8.3 M $25.9 M
6. The Imitation Game $7.1 M $50.7 M
7. Into the Woods $6.5 M $114.2 M
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $4.8 M $244.5 M
9. Unbroken $4.2 M $108.6 M
10. Blackhat $4 M
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7:16AM on 01/19/2015

I thought this film was ok , nothing special,

I am pretty sure it made tons of cash because some people thought it was goign to be an all out action movie. Plus that rubber baby was very distracting.
I am pretty sure it made tons of cash because some people thought it was goign to be an all out action movie. Plus that rubber baby was very distracting.
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9:15PM on 01/18/2015
Kudos to American Sniper. This film was hands down my favorite movie of the year (since it is nominated for an Oscar I consider it a 2014 film). Sucks Eastwood wasn't nominated for best director, cause he deserved it. This is his best film since Unforgiven.
Kudos to American Sniper. This film was hands down my favorite movie of the year (since it is nominated for an Oscar I consider it a 2014 film). Sucks Eastwood wasn't nominated for best director, cause he deserved it. This is his best film since Unforgiven.
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12:06PM on 01/19/2015
Of course it's a 2014 film, it came out in 2014...
Of course it's a 2014 film, it came out in 2014...
1:29PM on 01/19/2015
Not in the uk it didn't.
Not in the uk it didn't.
4:55PM on 01/18/2015
Wow! American Sniper made 90M!... I guess that means there will be a sequel? .... I kid, I kid... too soon?
Wow! American Sniper made 90M!... I guess that means there will be a sequel? .... I kid, I kid... too soon?
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4:50PM on 01/18/2015
I was walking across a park yesterday where an anti-war group was praising the speeches of MLK during the weekend and with his federal holiday tomorrow, I would have expected the film to do a lot better. Strange, maybe on Monday the numbers will sky rocket, not that people HAVE to see a movie about him, just doing a little reading, a prayer or something of the sorts would suffice at least.
I was walking across a park yesterday where an anti-war group was praising the speeches of MLK during the weekend and with his federal holiday tomorrow, I would have expected the film to do a lot better. Strange, maybe on Monday the numbers will sky rocket, not that people HAVE to see a movie about him, just doing a little reading, a prayer or something of the sorts would suffice at least.
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2:55PM on 01/18/2015

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"was followed by the (barely) Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama SELMA"
Did you HAVE to write "barely", giving into the ridiculous controversy? IT'S BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. BEST FREAKING PICTURE. What else do you want?!!?!? Ugh. Makes me sick.
"was followed by the (barely) Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama SELMA"
Did you HAVE to write "barely", giving into the ridiculous controversy? IT'S BEEN NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. BEST FREAKING PICTURE. What else do you want?!!?!? Ugh. Makes me sick.
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4:14PM on 01/18/2015
We wanted David Oyelowo, who gave the most transformative performance of the year to be nominated for his hard work. We wanted Ava DuVernay to be nominated for directing the most socially-important movie of the year. It has nothing to do with black or white. It has to do with both of these artists turning in better work this year than some of the ones that were nominated. The Oscars are supposed to nominate the best, and when they don't-that is the problem. But everyone is entitled to their
We wanted David Oyelowo, who gave the most transformative performance of the year to be nominated for his hard work. We wanted Ava DuVernay to be nominated for directing the most socially-important movie of the year. It has nothing to do with black or white. It has to do with both of these artists turning in better work this year than some of the ones that were nominated. The Oscars are supposed to nominate the best, and when they don't-that is the problem. But everyone is entitled to their opinion. The film touched some more than others.
8:39PM on 01/18/2015
This was hardly a well directed movie. The mere fact that she changed LBJ so his character could help her agenda with this movie alone makes it a poor effort.
This was hardly a well directed movie. The mere fact that she changed LBJ so his character could help her agenda with this movie alone makes it a poor effort.
2:46PM on 01/18/2015

no love

i must say i was extremly let down with american sniper. i absolutly hated the character chris kyle and im not sure if cooper played him as a simpleton but it came across that way. also i coukd have done with some subtitles to understand cooper as we went from incoherent mumbling to whispering!! i was never too excited about this before it came out but i didnt expect to hate it. im not sure if this is based on a book or if its a fictional story with a real life character atvthe centre of it,
i must say i was extremly let down with american sniper. i absolutly hated the character chris kyle and im not sure if cooper played him as a simpleton but it came across that way. also i coukd have done with some subtitles to understand cooper as we went from incoherent mumbling to whispering!! i was never too excited about this before it came out but i didnt expect to hate it. im not sure if this is based on a book or if its a fictional story with a real life character atvthe centre of it, but it certainly didnt feel like a real story playing out on screen. im a big eastwood fan but this, to me anyway ranks amounst his worst for me. doubt i will be checking this out again.
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4:04PM on 01/18/2015
You weren't excited for it, but you ran out on opening day to give them your money?

Wow, salespeople must love seeing you coming.
You weren't excited for it, but you ran out on opening day to give them your money?

Wow, salespeople must love seeing you coming.
4:13PM on 01/18/2015
id go see any eastwood film opening day.
id go see any eastwood film opening day.
4:13PM on 01/18/2015
id go see any eastwood film opening day.
id go see any eastwood film opening day.
7:00AM on 01/19/2015
From your comments,throughout this thread, it's apparent your just pissed off it's a pro soldier movie and it's a white guy as the lead. The movie doesn't gel in your liberal brain so it's obviously terrible. Thankfully the majority of this country thinks nothing like you.
From your comments,throughout this thread, it's apparent your just pissed off it's a pro soldier movie and it's a white guy as the lead. The movie doesn't gel in your liberal brain so it's obviously terrible. Thankfully the majority of this country thinks nothing like you.
12:11PM on 01/19/2015
It's nothing to do with being pro solider, it's more its pro American and I hate that country. I also have no time for gun toting yanks, waste of oxygen.
It's nothing to do with being pro solider, it's more its pro American and I hate that country. I also have no time for gun toting yanks, waste of oxygen.
12:19PM on 01/19/2015
Funny his Wife thought it was done to perfection... I suppose you knew Chris better then his wife? or perhaps your forgetting this was a true story, and not supposed to make a character appeal to the masses.. Its supposed to remain true to content of an american hero that existed. Also its based on Chris's actual memoirs, that he wrote about his own personal experiences with the seals and on his tours.

hes not meant to be likeable, Cooper is mean to portray Chris as best as he can... and
Funny his Wife thought it was done to perfection... I suppose you knew Chris better then his wife? or perhaps your forgetting this was a true story, and not supposed to make a character appeal to the masses.. Its supposed to remain true to content of an american hero that existed. Also its based on Chris's actual memoirs, that he wrote about his own personal experiences with the seals and on his tours.

hes not meant to be likeable, Cooper is mean to portray Chris as best as he can... and like i said his wife said that Cooper did an amazing job all around.
1:27PM on 01/19/2015
If you read my original post I say it's ment to be a real story but it doesn't play out that way. He is also a proven liar and fantasist. So he's played to perfection but not the whole being a compulsive liar part. Americans will buy into this but not the rest of the world. The guy seemed like he was a major duche that needed mental help.
If you read my original post I say it's ment to be a real story but it doesn't play out that way. He is also a proven liar and fantasist. So he's played to perfection but not the whole being a compulsive liar part. Americans will buy into this but not the rest of the world. The guy seemed like he was a major duche that needed mental help.
2:42PM on 01/18/2015

Wow!

I'm hoping to see American Sniper in the next couple days. Mind-blowing it made that much.
Also, I'm not surprised Blackhat did so poorly, but sure it will wind up being very underrated and do better overseas andl on the rental scene.
I'm hoping to see American Sniper in the next couple days. Mind-blowing it made that much.
Also, I'm not surprised Blackhat did so poorly, but sure it will wind up being very underrated and do better overseas andl on the rental scene.
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2:19PM on 01/18/2015
American Sniper was brilliant in every single way. Strong storytelling, direction and performances all around and derserves all the success it has been getting. Just a masterful tour de force from Eastwood and Cooper who really brought Chris Kyle's heroic and honorable story to life with much dedication, heart, emotion, and respect in everyway.

Can't wait to see it again.
American Sniper was brilliant in every single way. Strong storytelling, direction and performances all around and derserves all the success it has been getting. Just a masterful tour de force from Eastwood and Cooper who really brought Chris Kyle's heroic and honorable story to life with much dedication, heart, emotion, and respect in everyway.

Can't wait to see it again.
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2:50PM on 01/18/2015
could not disagree more. amerucams will lap it up but it has no substance. one if eastwoids poorest efforts.
could not disagree more. amerucams will lap it up but it has no substance. one if eastwoids poorest efforts.
3:16PM on 01/18/2015
Agree to disagree, I guess.
Agree to disagree, I guess.
4:15PM on 01/18/2015
Your criticism might have more validity if you knew how to form complete sentences (or even spell).
Your criticism might have more validity if you knew how to form complete sentences (or even spell).
5:16PM on 01/18/2015
im using a stupid old samsung phone, its driving me crazy with its stupid typing.
im using a stupid old samsung phone, its driving me crazy with its stupid typing.
9:37PM on 01/18/2015
LOL....well, it's entertaining to read. You have every right to not like the movie, but you seem to be going out of your way to WANT to dislike it. That smells political, but maybe it just wasn't your cup of tea. Clint's not mad....he broke every January record ever, so to each their own.
LOL....well, it's entertaining to read. You have every right to not like the movie, but you seem to be going out of your way to WANT to dislike it. That smells political, but maybe it just wasn't your cup of tea. Clint's not mad....he broke every January record ever, so to each their own.
11:24PM on 01/18/2015
soloist is right, this is a fantastic movie and everything about the movie was on point. This isn't some hoorah, sisboomba america america america movie. It's funny Right wing and NEUTRALS are giving this movie the thumbs up while left wingers are so up their own a$$es that they see anything as propaganda and war mongering. I guess Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down etc is propaganda too right?
soloist is right, this is a fantastic movie and everything about the movie was on point. This isn't some hoorah, sisboomba america america america movie. It's funny Right wing and NEUTRALS are giving this movie the thumbs up while left wingers are so up their own a$$es that they see anything as propaganda and war mongering. I guess Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down etc is propaganda too right?
3:49AM on 01/19/2015
i enjoyed blackhawk down, dont think the line "america is the greatest country in the world" is spat from a simpletons mouth in that and ryan is a classic. this us nowhere near as good as them. a film about a racist retard who likes shooting things, what a hero.
i enjoyed blackhawk down, dont think the line "america is the greatest country in the world" is spat from a simpletons mouth in that and ryan is a classic. this us nowhere near as good as them. a film about a racist retard who likes shooting things, what a hero.
12:30PM on 01/19/2015
A simpleton's mouth? Its call national pride, and i would hope that any person living in any country they call home would proudly call their home the best country (yes even lesser developed countries).

If your going to judge a man based on a movie, and not know any of his other accomplishments.. thats ignorant?
After the war the man started his own company, to train tactics for the military and law enforcement agencies.. The man succeeded in everything he did..

I guess you can wait
A simpleton's mouth? Its call national pride, and i would hope that any person living in any country they call home would proudly call their home the best country (yes even lesser developed countries).

If your going to judge a man based on a movie, and not know any of his other accomplishments.. thats ignorant?
After the war the man started his own company, to train tactics for the military and law enforcement agencies.. The man succeeded in everything he did..

I guess you can wait for another Micael Moor film to come out, maybe he will make a movie about how much of a Coward Kyle was.. seeing how thats what he's publicly saying now... keep your fingers crossed
3:18PM on 01/19/2015
he is a proven liar and fantasist.
he is a proven liar and fantasist.
3:18PM on 01/19/2015
he is a proven liar and fantasist.
he is a proven liar and fantasist.
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