Wednesday, May 29, 2024

‘American Sniper’ Shoots ‘Selma’ From Wknd Box Office Top Spot

selma_american_sniper*The race for the top spot of the weekend box office was a one-sided affair with Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” easily besting the Ava-DuVernay-helmed “Selma.”

With a three-day total gross of $93 million, “American Sniper” is the clear winner of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend box office,’s Shadow and Act reports. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper, emerged with the biggest one day take ever in January for any movie, ever, as it took in $30.5 million on Friday to kick off this past weekend (Jan. 16-18).

“Selma” ranked fifth this weekend among the new releases, grossing $8.3 million. As it stands now, the film has grossed almost $26 million, which puts it on course to collect about $50 million domestically, according to Shadow and Act, which predicts the historical drama should easily pull in more money overseas when it opens in Europe and South America later this month, through Feb, on into early March

Coming in at No. 2 behind “American Sniper” was Kevin Hart’s latest film, “The Wedding Ringer,” with $21 million. Last week’s No. 1 film, “Taken 3,” took a 63% tumble in business to come in fourth.

As for Chris Hemsworth’s new film, the cyber-thriller, “Blackhat,” moviegoers did not come out in force as it only took in a disappointing $4 million. The following is the weekend box office totals for Jan. 16-18.

1) “American Sniper” Warner Bros. $90,205,000 Total: $93,630,000

2) “The Wedding Ringer” Screen Gems $21,000,000

3) “Paddington” W/Dim. $19,287,000

4) “Taken 3” Fox $14,050,000 Total: $62,837,000

5) “Selma” Paramount. $8,300,000 Total: $25,964,000

6) “The Imitation Game” Weinstein. $7,192,000 Total: $50,798,000

7) “Into the Woods” BV $6,542,000 Total: $114,296,000

8) “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Warner Bros. $4,860,000 Total: $244,537,000

9) “Unbroken” Universal. $4,267,000 Total: $108,610,000

10) “Blackhat” Universal. $4,030,000

11) “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” Fox $3,825,000 Total: $104,773,000

12) “Annie” Sony $1,900,000 Total: $82,000,000

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