‘American Sniper’ Earns Huge $30.5 Million on Opening Day

January 17, 2015 - box office

by Ray Subers
American Sniper 


 January 17, 2015

After 3 glorious weeks in singular release, American Sniper stretched inhabitant on Friday and warranted a overwhelming $30.5 million.

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This a largest singular day ever in January; a prior record belonged to Avatar, that took in $25.8 million on Jan 2nd, 2010. It’s also 77 percent aloft than a prior opening day record, that belonged to Cloverfield ($17.2 million). Finally, American Sniper‘s opening was over twice as large as final year’s Lone Survivor and Ride Along (both during $14.4 million).

With good word-of-mouth (“A+” CinemaScore), Sniper should play good by a rest of a weekend. Even if it takes a large dump opposite tough foe from a NFL discussion championship games on Sunday, it should still breeze adult over $80 million for a three-day weekend.

If it plays like past Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend releases Contraband and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it will strech $100 million on Monday.

In a apart second place, The Wedding Ringer non-stop to an estimated $7 million on Friday. That’s around half as most as star Kevin Hart‘s Ride Along warranted on a same day final year, and is also good next both Think Like a Man cinema ($12 million). Still, it’s a plain outcome that puts The Wedding Ringer on lane to acquire tighten to $25 million over a four-day weekend.

Paddington
took third place with an estimated $4.66 million. That’s only next final year’s The Nut Job; if Paddington follows that movie’s trajectory, it will breeze adult with around $25 million by Monday.

Coming off a surprisingly clever entrance final weekend, Taken 3 plummeted 71 percent to an estimated $4.25 million on Friday. For a four-day weekend, a final installment in a renouned movement authorization will expected breeze adult between $16 and $18 million.

Selma
dull out a Top Five with an estimated $2.36 million, that is off 37 percent from final Friday. It should play good by a prolonged weekend, quite on Monday (which is a inhabitant holiday celebrating a categorical impression of a movie).

Michael Mann/Chris Hemsworth hacker thriller Blackhat non-stop in eighth place with a terrible $1.4 million. That’s in line with Hemsworth hermit Liam’s Paranoia ($1.3 million), and is next past Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend explosve The Last Stand ($2 million). Blackhat could breeze adult with reduction than $4 million over a three-day weekend, that would be one of a misfortune debuts ever for a film personification in during slightest 2,500 locations.

Weekend Projections

1. American Sniper – $86 million ($101 million four-day)
2. The Wedding Ringer – $21 million ($24 million four-day)
3. Paddington – $18 million ($24 million four-day)
4. Taken 3 – $14 million ($16.5 million four-day)
5. Selma – $8 million ($10 million four-day)

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