Oscar-Nominated ‘American Sniper’ Wins Top Box Office Position!

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“American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s war-drama that’s nominated for six Oscars, was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. andCanada over the weekend, collecting $90.2 million in ticket sales to set a record for January.

“The Wedding Ringer” came in second with weekend sales of $21 million for Sony Pictures (6758)’ Screen Gems, industry researcher Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in a statement. Weinstein Co.’s “Paddington” collected $19.3 million.

Eastwood’s movie surprised the industry by reaping amounts usually not seen until summer weekends, helping kick off a year that’s expected to haul in at least $11 billion for the first time on the back of new entries from past successful franchises including “Star Wars,” “Terminator” and “Jurassic Park,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Rentrak. The three-day take for “American Sniper” was a record for a January weekend, surpassing the $68.5 million brought in by “Avatar” over the first weekend of 2010.

“No one saw this coming. This really obliterated expectations,” Dergarabedian said of Eastwood’s movie. “He’s an octogenarian and he’s still rocking it.”

In a crowded box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, “American Sniper” benefited from Oscar nomination buzz. The Warner Bros. film entered the weekend after picking up Academy Award nominations on Thursday, including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper.

Weekend sales for the top 10 films percent rose 22 percent to $179.7 million from a year earlier, according to Rentrak. The following table has U.S. movie box-office figures provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are based on gross ticket sales for Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, with estimates for Sunday.

Movie               Rev.    Pct.  Theaters   AVG    Total 
1 American Sniper  $90.2   15,466  3,555  $25,374   $93.6  
2 Wedding Ringer    21.0     --    3,003    6,993    21.0  
3 Paddington        19.3     --    3,303    5,839    19.3  
4 Taken 3           14.1    -64    3,594    3,909    62.8  
5 Selma              8.3    -27    2,235    3,714    26.0  
6 Imitation Game     7.2      0    1,611    4,464    50.8  
7 Into The Woods     6.5    -32    2,758    2,372   114.3  
8 Hobbit             4.9    -48    2,220    2,189   244.5  
9 Unbroken           4.3    -48    2,602    1,640   108.6 
10 Blackhat          4.0     --    2,567    1,571     4.0 

Top 10 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
    $179.7        $146.9      22.4

Year-to-date Revenue

     2015          2014
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
      $618          $598       3.4


Top 25 Movies of 2013!


The top 25 highest-grossing movies at the box office (U.S. and Canada) this year as of Dec. 1, 2013.

Titles still in theaters have an asterisk next to their gross.

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1.Iron Man 3 (2013)  7.4/10

When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
“ $409 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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2.Despicable Me 2 (2013)   7.5/10

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. (98 mins.)
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove
“ $366.9 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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3.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)   8.1/10

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman
“ $296.3 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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4.Man of Steel (2013)   7.4/10

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane
“ $291 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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5.Monsters University (2013)  7.4/10

A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren
“ $268.4 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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6.Gravity (2013)   8.4/10

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen
“ $249.7 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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7.Fast & Furious 6 (2013)  7.2/10

Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. (130 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
“ $238.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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8.Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)   6.4/10

A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis
“ $234.9 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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9.Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)   7.9/10

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
“ $228.8 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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10.World War Z (2013)  7.1/10

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale
“ $202.4 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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11.The Croods (2013)  7.3/10

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener
“ $187.2 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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12.Thor: The Dark World (2013)  7.6/10

Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård
“ $186.7 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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13.The Heat (2013)  6.6/10

An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir
“ $159.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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14.We’re the Millers (2013) 7.1/10

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (110 mins.)
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms
“ $150.4 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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15.The Great Gatsby (2013) 7.3/10

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire
“ $144.8 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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16.The Conjuring (2013) 7.5/10

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor
“ $137.4 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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17.Identity Thief (2013)  5.6/10

Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy’s identity. (111 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho, Amanda Peet
“ $134.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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18.Grown Ups 2 (2013) 5.3/10

After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. (101 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade
“ $133.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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19.The Wolverine (2013) 6.8/10

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
“ $132.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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20.G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) 5.8/10

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. (110 mins.)
Director: Jon M. Chu
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee
“ $122.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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21.Now You See Me (2013) 7.3/10

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson
“ $117.7 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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22.Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013) 6.8/10

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. (132 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda
“ $115.6 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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23.Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) 6.6/10

Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. (95 mins.)
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
“ $115 million* ” – IMDb-Editors
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24.The Hangover Part III (2013)  5.9/10

When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha
“ $112.2 million ” – IMDb-Editors
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25. Epic (2013) 6.6/10

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Wedge
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell
“ $107.5 million ” – IMDb-Editors