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Update 7:10 Pm Pt: The holdovers had it at this weekend’s international box office. The frame was up roughly 11% from last weekend across the Top 10 studio titles playing overseas, largely thanks to the China performance of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. That film now has an international cume of $616.9M and a worldwide total of about $866.5M. That’s a little less than $100M off the $960M with which The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ended its run in 2014. However, an apples-to-apples comparison would be difficult to make at this juncture given currency fluctuations. Nevertheless, the China bow of Five Armies nearly bested the entire Middle Kingdom run The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in local currency terms. The earlier film traveled to a total 315.9 yuan while Five Armies grossed 307.9 yuan in its first three days. Smaug’s three-day was just 198M yuan in February on 2014. On just under 200 plays, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
American Sniper held strong to the number one spot, dropping less than 30% and adding $64 million and just crossing the $200 million mark. While directing is nothing new for Clint Eastwood, this is his most successful effort to date by box office standards. Sniper has already surpassed his previous highest grosser, Gran Torino's $148 million. Of the three newcomers this weekend, only one had any success. The Boy Next Door took a hammering at the hands of critics, but thanks to an almost non-existent $4 million budget it turned a nice profit with its second place $15 million debut. George Lucas' latest offering, Strange Magic, tanked, banking just $5 million for a seventh place opening. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai made an even poorer showing, earning $4 million against its $60 million production budget. Those two movie join Blackhat on a fast-growing list of major box office bombs in 2015. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
American Sniper has been a major topic of conversation over the past few weeks, and it looks like that will continue the Clint Eastwood film dominated the box office for the second week in a row, bringing in $64.4 million for a grand total of $200.1 million. The strong second week showing gives Sniper the best sophomore week for an R-rated film ever, and places it eighth on the list overall. The movie has easily surpassed Gran Torino to become Clint Eastwood's highest grossing film. (It's also Bradley Cooper's best movie, as long as we aren't counting Guardians of the Galaxy).In other box office debuts, Jennifer Lopez's thriller The Boy Next Door had a modest showing for second place with $15 million. The animated film Strange Magic and the Johnny Depp something Mortdecai completely bombed, bringing $5.5 million and $4.4 million respectively. Instead, the rest of the top five were »
- E. Alex Jung
American Sniper added $18.3 million on Friday, which puts it on pace for one of the best second weekends ever.Among the newcomers, The Boy Next Door got off to a fine start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic bombed.American Sniper's $18.3 million haul is, by a large margin, the biggest second Friday ever for an R-rated movie. In comparison, The Passion of the Christ added $13.7 million, while The Matrix Reloaded and The Hangover Part II earned $10.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively. Sniper's second Friday was also significantly higher than all of 2014's superhero movies, which were in the $9 to $12 million range.After eight days in nationwide release, American Sniper has already earned $154.1 million. On Friday, it passed Gran Torino to become director Clint Eastwood's highest-grossing movie ever. It also eclipsed Bradley Cooper's American Hustle.American Sniper is on track to earn at least $60 million over the three-day weekend. If »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking cinema’s worldwide winners …
• Warner taps into patriotism untouched by previous war-on-terror films
• Seventh Son banking on Slavic film-goers’ fantasy fetish
First things first. In a world of success preordained through marketing and omniscient data tracking, it’s nice to be blindsided and bamboozled by an actual box-office surprise. Which is what an superlative $89.5m Us opening weekend for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper indisputably is: the highest January debut ever, the second highest R-rated debut (behind The Matrix Reloaded’s $91.7m), the director’s highest debut (trouncing Gran Torino’s $29.5m) and, incredibly for an original drama, the 41st highest opening of any kind in a list clogged up with the big-budget franchise offerings of the last 15 years.
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- Phil Hoad
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
This article contains spoilers for American Sniper.
American Sniper stands to be the most financially profitable of this year's Best Picture Oscar contenders by a long way, having out-grossed most of the others' lifetime domestic totals in its first weekend on wide release.
The $90.2 million opening is the highest January opening of all time, more than doubling the opening weekend record set by Ride Along at the same time last year, and it's easily the strongest box office performer of director Clint Eastwood's career.
In short, it did the kind of business you would expect from a superhero movie, or a new instalment in an established franchise, and yet it's an R-rated war drama based on a true story. Irrespective of our thoughts on the film, that's a stunning début. »
The film's unprecedented success obliterated forecasts and set numerous box-office records. It easily surpassedAvatar to become the biggest January weekend ever.
The resounding wide-release opening is also tops for the 84-year-old Eastwood, whose previous best weekend was the $29.5 million wide release of 2009's Gran Torino. And it, in one weekend, gives the Oscar best-picture race something it was lacking: a big ol' box-office hit.
American Sniper, nominated for six Academy Awards, immediately becomes the top grosser of the best-picture nominees. The previous biggest hit was Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, which made $59.1 million in its entire run.
This was actually the third week of release for American Sniper, which played in just a handful of theaters for two weeks. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
That detonated the previous holiday record holder, “Ride Along,” which kicked off with $48.6 million. The largest January box office weekend belonged to “Avatar” and its $68.5 million haul from 2010. Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle doubled projections, which pegged a weekend in the $42 million to $50 million range.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow produced the Oscar nominated drama for roughly $60 million. It premiered in a handful of theaters on Christmas and has slowly built up word-of-mouth in the ensuing weeks, before launching on 3,555 screens. It’s also inspired lively debate about its accuracy. Any controversy around the film isn’t hurting its commercial prospects. “American Sniper” now has the largest weekend for an R-rated drama, topping “The Passion of the Christ,” and »
- Brent Lang
Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer
New York (AP) - Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend.
The film's unprecedented success obliterated forecasts and set numerous box-office records. It easily surpassed "Avatar" to become the biggest January weekend ever.
The resounding wide-release opening is also tops for the 84-year-old Eastwood, whose previous best weekend was the $29.5 million wide release of 2009's "Gran Torino. And it, in one weekend, gives the Oscar best-picture race something it was lacking: a big ol' box-office hit.
"American Sniper, nominated for six Academy Awards, immediately becomes the top grosser of the best-picture nominees. The previous biggest hit was Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," which made $59.1 million in its entire run.
This was actually the third week of release for "American Sniper, »
- The Associated Press
American Sniper, which technically opened Dec. 6 but only in limited release, stars Bradley Cooper, while Blackhat stars People's Sexiest Man Alive Chris Hemsworth -- but Hemsworth's dreamy looks weren't enough to take down Cooper and his sniper rifle.
In its first weekend of wide release, American Sniper snagged a staggering $90.2 million and earned itself the box office top spot. Meanwhile, in it's opening weekend Blackhat came in 10th with a disappointing $4 million.
However, Mann is considered to be one of the best action-thriller directors of our generation, with films like Heat and Collateral securing his legacy. Eastwood, on the other hand, is a legend in the field of filmmaking and has created a slew of Oscar-winning movies.
Is Mann's »
After three weeks of limited release, Warner Bros finally gave Bradley Cooper's "American Sniper" a wide release, which resulted in a record-breaking box office gross. The film earned a whopping $90.2 million over the weekend and is expected to reach $105.2 million over the long Martin Luther King Jr weekend. That's the biggest opening of all time for January, as well as the biggest opening for a non-tentpole movie. The previous record-holder was "The Passion of the Christ" with $83.8 million. "American Sniper" is also easily Clint Eastwood's biggest movie. His previous best opening was for "Gran Torino" ($29.5 million). "American Sniper" cost $60 million to make and has a 74% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Plus, the movie was recently nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart's "Wedding Ringer" took second place with $21 million over the weekend, the best debut for an R-rated comedy in January. It's another big win for Hart. »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Clint Eastwood may not have snagged a Best Director Oscar nomination last week, but he's having the last laugh at the North American boxoffice. Until now, the highest weekend opening of an Eastwood film had been $29 million for "Gran Torino" in 2008. "Sniper" is projected to bring in $90 million this weekend. Warner Brothers described the film as a "cultural phenomenon" and industry analysts attribute the astonishing grosses to excellent word-of-mouth. Making the studio brass even more delighted is that Eastwood is from the old school of filmmakers: he works fast, efficiently and within a modest budget. "Sniper" cost only $60 million to make, ensuring that it will become a major financial success. Click here for more. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
"American Sniper" shatters January box office records with a blazing $90.2 million debut this weekend. For veteran director Clint Eastwood, the biopic of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle is by far his best opening numbers after "Gran Torino" brought in $29.5 million in 2008. Reasons for the unexpected numbers are: heartland passion, Oscar bump with nods for Best Picture and Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), extra boost from Imax screenings, stars aligning withe Cooper hire, and a slow-burn rollout after a limited Christmas release. In the second spot is new comedy "The Wedding Ringer" starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad with $21 million. The third position is held by family movie "Paddington" with $19.3 million. The Wrap -Break- Watch a fun new video as actress Betty White has an emotional reaction to a surprise birthday celebration. Her "Hot in Cleveland" cast and crew shock her with an instant Hawaiian-themed flashmob as she rides in a go. »
Despite being about such weighty subjects as war and trauma, the Warner Bros. release played more like a comic book movie than an Oscar contender. It is on pace to earn an astounding $105 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, more than double the $48 million debut enjoyed by “Ride Along,” which represented the previous high-water mark.
“It was the perfect storm,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief. “This movie is going to have great legs and it’s going to continue to break records. It’s going to go down in history.”
Here’s a look at some of the records that “American Sniper” just established.
The Largest Clint Eastwood Box Office Weekend
- Brent Lang
“American Sniper” hit the bullseye, earning an astonishing $90.2 million in its debut weekend in wide release.
It is now on pace to upend records for the Martin Luther King holiday and for the month of January, pulling in roughly $105 million over the four-day period. It’s also a new high-water mark for director Clint Eastwood, whose previous weekend record was the $29.5 million wide release opening for 2008’s “Gran Torino.” At 84, he’s still got it.
- Brent Lang
After a weekend like this I can't help but wonder if Clint Eastwood's American Sniper can follow in the footsteps of his Million Dollar Baby and essentially be the last film released in the year and then take home the Best Picture Oscar. After playing in only four theaters the last three weekends to spectacular results, American Sniper went wide this weekend, playing in 3,555 theaters and made a whopping $89.2 million. This is the largest opening for a January movie ever (more than doubling Ride Along's $41.5 million), not to mention the largest weekend for a movie in January ever, topping previous record holder Avatar with what is now a puny $68.4 million back in 2010. To go along with the records and all that money the film is swimming in, it scored an "A+" CinemaScore to accompany its 73% score at RottenTomatoes. I don't know about you, but this could very quickly »
- Brad Brevet
While some critics have been quite harsh on Clint Eastwood's latest endeavor American Sniper, a biopic that follows the rise of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, America's deadliest sharpshooter, audiences have a different opinion. The film has broken January's biggest box office opening record, pulling in an estimated $30.5 million on Friday, (a number that includes Thursday previews). This is also a new record for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, and it could be the biggest January weekend opening of all time.
American Sniper debuted Christmas Day in just four theaters, taking in a very impressive $633,456. Yesterday, it expanded into 3,555 theaters, kicking off a great start to the New Year. With it's $30.1 million, it's not only the biggest January opening, beating Cloverfield's $17 million back in 2008, it is also the biggest single day in January, besting the record held by James Cameron's Avatar, which pulled in $25.8 million on January 2, 2010.
Those aren't »
“American Sniper” is proving to be a lethal box office force.
Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama grossed a spectacular $30.5 million on Friday — the biggest single-day take in January. It looks to haul a record-breaking $80 million-plus this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, easily overtaking last year’s “Ride Along,” which launched to $41.5 million, as the highest-grossing January debut of all time.
The pic, which is expected to make more than $68 million by Sunday, is also obliterating Eastwood’s previous opening record of $29.5 million for 2008’s “Gran Torino.”
The new projection is nearly double recent forecasts that were as low as $42 million for the four-day weekend. Warner Bros. is downplaying estimates and shooting for $65 million this holiday weekend.
That would also mark one of the largest openings of all time for a film of its size. The drama was co-produced and co-financed by Village Roadshow for less than $60 million.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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