American Sniper Wins Box Office Again, Breaks Super Bowl Weekend Record
American Sniper continues to reign atop the box office. The war drama starring Bradley Cooper earned $31.9 million between Friday and Sunday, a record haul for Super Bowl Weekend.
The previous record for Super Bowl Weekend was set by the Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: The Best Of Both Worlds Concert film in 2008, when the movie brought in $31.1 million. In theaters for one week only, its total gross ended up being just more than $70 million, which American Sniper, of course, more than surpassed in its wide-release debut earlier this month. In fact, it’s now approaching $250 million overall since opening in December.
With American Sniper continuing to perform strongly, the difference between first place and all others on the box office Top 10 remains great, even as new films entered the marketplace this weekend. Holdover kids movie Paddington took in $8.5 million for second place, just slightly more than the new teen sci-fi thriller Project Almanac, which also rounded to $8.5 million.
The new Kevin Costner-Octavia Spencer drama Black or White opened to $6.5 million to land in third. In the No. four spot was the Jennifer Lopez thriller The Boy Next Door at $6.1 million. It was followed by the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer, which took in $5.7 million.
Now in its 10th week, The Imitation Game finished in seventh place with $5.2 million. The Liam Neeson action movie Taken 3 snagged eighth with a haul of $3.7 million. Rounding out the Top 10 were Disney film Strange Magic ($3.4 million) and the new flick The Loft ($2.9 million). What did you see this weekend?