American Sniper has made box office history.
Entertainment Weekly reports director Clint Eastwood’s military biopic earned $90.2 million over the weekend, breaking January box office records. On its Friday January 16 debut, American Sniper took in $30.5 million at theaters, snatching away the weekend opening day top earnings title from Cloverfield, which took in $17.2 million when it was released January 18, 2008. Filmmaker James Cameron’s sci-fi fantasy film Avatar also had a few records surpassed by American Sniper. In 2010, Avatar took in $68.5 million during it’s first weekend at the box office and the picture also took in the most money on a single day in January, with gross profits of $28.5 million.
American Sniper stars Sienna Miller and Bradley Cooper, who portrays real-life Navy SEAL gunman Chris Kyle. The picture was released to only four theaters on Christmas Day and the limited showing earned the film $8.5 million, much to leading man Bradley’s amazement.
“I’m always surprised when things do well, because you can never bank on that,” the 40-year-old Variety previously. “We were just hoping that awareness was going to be enough for people to see it on Christmas.”
Comedy The Wedding Ringer secured second place in its first weekend at theaters, taking in $21 million. The film, which stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, centers on a nerdy groom who solicits the help of a best-man-for-hire.
In third is family feature Paddington, based on the British fictional character. Paddington came in just behind The Wedding Ringer, with earnings of $19.3 million.
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