‘American Sniper’ has record-breaking opening to top the weekend box office


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After a successful limited release run, critics expected Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper to have a good opening in its first week of full release, but no one expected the record-breaking numbers the war drama achieved.

Thanks in part to heavy Oscar buzz, Sniper, which stars Bradley Cooper as real-life sniper Chris Kyle, brought in a January opening record of $90 million. The previous record holder for a January opening was the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy film, Ride Along, which opened at $41 million. In a twist of fate, Hart’s latest buddy flick, The Wedding Ringer opened with $21 million to come in second place. Coming in third this week with $19 million was Paddington, the film adaptation of the popular children’s book. Last week’s No.1 film, Taken 3, fell to number four with $14 million and Ava DuVernay’s Selma rounded out the top five with $8.3 million earned.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below.

1. American Sniper – $90M

2. The Wedding Ringer – $21M

3. Paddington$19.2M

4. Taken 3 – $14M

5. Selma  – $8.3M

6. The Imitation Game – $7.1M

7. Into the Woods$6.5M

8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$4.8M

9. Unbroken $4.2M

10. Blackhat$4M

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