The Warner Bros. film ‘American Sniper’ is reaping the rewards of its Oscar nominations this week as the film takes the number one-spot at the domestic box-office. The film received outstanding reviews ahead of its launch nationwide, and will easily break $100 million domestically before the Oscars are announced in February.
The film itself is up for six Oscars this year including Best Picture, the story focuses on Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle among his four tours of duty. The story picks up as Chris finds it difficult to leave the war behind as tries to become acclimated with living at home with his growing family. American Sniper was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. The film brought-in a little over $90 million-dollars this week, an amazing accomplishment and easily securing the number one spot domestically.
At number two for the weekend was the Sony Pictures film ‘The Wedding Ringer’ with $21 million-dollars, that film also opened this weekend and stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting from the ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The story follows Josh Gad as he hires Kevin Hart to help him with all of his pre-wedding Groom requirements.
The family-friendly film ‘Paddington,’ based on the popular children’s stories, took in $19.2 million-dollars this weekend. The film opened in roughly 3,300 theaters here in the United States and won third-place at the box-office over the weekend. ‘Paddington’ is a film from the Weinstein Company and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters. Families can take a break from the adult-comedies and War films that have crowded the box-office these past few weeks and follow the adventures of the Peruvian bear as he travels to London in search of a home.
The two openers bumped FOX’s ‘Taken 3’ from first to fourth this week as the action-packed installment to the ‘Taken’ franchise brought-in another $14 million-dollars. The film now sits at just under $63 million-dollars as a domestic total. The third film adds Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker and Maggie Grace to the storyline. This installment has ex-government operative Bryan Mills as he is accused of murder. He now has to find the true killer and clear his name while protecting his daughter from harm.
Rounding out the top-five is the ‘Selma,’ from director Ava DuVernay and through Paramount Pictures, the film saw an $8.3 million-dollar gain this weekend to reach $26 million-dollars to date. ‘Selma’ earned two Oscar nominations this year, one for Best Picture and one for Original Song.
The Oscar race also helped ‘Imitation Game,’ also from The Weinstein Company, earn $7 million-dollars this weekend. The film now has earned a little under $51 million to-date nationwide. As for Oscars, the film earned eight nominations over-all, including Best Picture.