I expected American Sniper to do well on it’s first week going into wide release this weekend, but I definitely didn’t expect it to pull in the highest opening in January of all time. The record was previously held by Ride Along, which did $48million in revenue last year. American Sniper almost doubled that with it’s takings of $90.2million. This also makes it the biggest opening for Clint Eastwood in his entire career.
How did the film get to be so big in a month that’s usually reserved for garbage films? It was nominated for Best Film, Bradley Cooper was nominated for Best Actor (again), and it’s received amazing reviews from almost every film review facet. Not only that, most of the movies that have been in the Top Ten, have been films that made their debut in December. The time was for some fresh blood, Taken 3 aside, and American Sniper hit it’s mark.
The other big premieres this weekend were The Wedding Ringer and Paddington. I knew that Kevin Hart was sure to make himself the #1 Comedy in America, and he did. The movie brought in $21million and ensured that Hart will continue making hilarious film. Paddington did pretty great itself in the kids fare, with $19.3million. You can check out the rest of the Top movies below.
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
6. The Imitation Game $7.2 million
7. Into the Woods $6.6 million
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $4.9 million
9. Unbroken $4.3 million
10. Blackhat $4 million
On the very bottom of the list is Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth‘s, Blackhat. The movie opened to $4million and will most likely be jettisoned from the Top Ten next week. Not that it has much to go up against with Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lopez‘s, The Boy Next Door. Out of the two, I’d bet on Lopez, as she hasn’t really been on screen for a while and Depp seems to want to continue to destroy his acting career with crap films, Into the Woods aside.
Stay Tooned next week and find out what happens on the next edition of Weekend Roundup!