Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Still no. 1 and Sets Super Bowl Record!

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Iraq War saga wins 3rd straight weekend with $31.8 million and routs “Project Almanac,” Kevin Costner’s “Black or White” and “The Loft”

“American Sniper” added best Super Bowl weekend ever to its list of box-office records Sunday, claiming its third consecutive weekend win with an estimated $31.8 million.

To do it, the Iraq War saga had to outscore “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour,” which rung up $31.1 million for Disney in 2008.

The Clint Eastwood-directed drama starring Bradley Cooper has rewritten the record book since it began a box-office blitz on Jan. 16, one day after it earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Actor.

After posting the best wide opening ever for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and the month of January, “Ameican Sniper” will have rolled up nearly $250 million domestically in 17 days. It’s already passed“Saving Private Ryan” as the highest-grossing war movie ever, and it will be the top-grossing R-rated movie of all time if it can pass the $370.7 million domestic total that Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” rung up in 2004.

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The weekend’s three wide openers all finished behind “Paddington,” the family comedy about the British bear from “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman. It was second with $8.7 million in its third week for the Weinstein Company.

The time-travel tale “Project Almanac” followed in third with a disappointing $8.5 million from 2,893 theaters in its debut for Paramount Pictures. “Black or White,” Kevin Costner‘s race relations drama, opened in fourth with $6.4 million from 1,823 theaters for Relativity Studios. And the R-rated thriller “The Loft” wound up tenth, taking in $2.8 million from 1,841 theaters for Open Road Films.

A special run of the hit HBO TV series “Game of Thrones” on 205 Imax theaters brought in an estimated $1.5 million. The giant screen version of the medieval fantasy averaged  $7,300 per-screen, behind the $8,805 that  “American Sniper” averaged on the remaining 165 Imax screens.

The overall box office was running roughly 20 percent ahead of last year’s Super Bowl weekend, when “Ride Along” won its third straight with $12 million. Overall, the domestic box office is running more than 9 percent aead of 2014, after “American Sniper” drove one of the better months of January ever.

Paramount was hoping for more from “Project Almanac,” which is about a group of teens who build a time machine. The young crowd was the target audience for the film, and around 63 percent of the crowd was under 25. The audience, which was 55 percent male, gave it “B” CinemaScore.

The film’s modest $12 million production budget will take some of the sting out of the soft debut for the studio, its Insurge Pictures and producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Costner produced and starred in “Black or White,” the PG-13-rated drama about a lawyer battling for custody of his biracial grand-daughter. The best news from the first weekend for the film, which co-stars Octavia Spencer, might be the “A-” CinemaScore awarded it by audiences. That should help it in coming weeks, particularly with the older crowd that it played best with.

The audience was 64 percent female and 78 percent over the age of 25. Around 53 percent of the crowd was Caucasian and 30 percent African-American.

“The Loft,” Belgian director Erik Van Looy’s English-language remake of his Dutch thriller, had a rare zero rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes coming in and bombed. Karl Urban, James Marsden and Eric Stonestreet of TV’s “Modern Family” starred.

The Jennifer Lopez thriller “The Boy Next Door” was fifth with a $6 million second week for Universal Pictures. That’s a nearly 60 percent fall from its opening weekend but still puts its domestic total at nearly $25 million, not bad given its $4 million production budget.

The Kevin Hart-Josh Gad comedy “The Wedding Ringer” followed with $5.7 million and is up to $48 million after three weeks for Sony’s Screen Gems.

Things got a little better in the second week for “Strange Magic,” the animated musical produced by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas that tanked in its debut last weekend. It’s on pace to take in $3.4 million for the three days, a 38 percent drop that gives it a $9.9 million domestic total.

The same can’t be said for Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai.”

The ensemble comedy tumbled out of the top ten and brought in an anemic $1.4 million for the weekend, a steep 66 percent drop from its disastrous debut last weekend. That leaves its domestic total at less than $7 million for Lionsgate Entertainment, not good for a movie with a $40 million production budget.

“The Imitation Game” took in $5.2 million and finished seventh after Weinstein added 377 locations to give the Benedict Cumberbatch historical drama its highest theater total yet, at 2,402.

Its domestic total is nearly $68 million after 10 weeks. Other than “American Sniper,” that’s the best of any Best Picture Oscar contender.

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 
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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.
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    $179.7        $146.9      22.4


Year-to-date Revenue

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

Source

Jared Leto ‘holds flame for Scarlett’!

Jared Leto reportedly still holds a flame for Scarlett Johansson.

The pair dated in 2004 but Scarlett went on to marry Ryan Reynolds. They are now divorced and her love life has become something of an unknown quantity – with reports linking her to Bradley Cooper and an advertising executive called Nate Naylor.

It’s been suggested Jared is still hung up on Scarlett.

“Jared still holds out hope that they might get back together again. She was the only girl to ever break his heart and he still talks about her all the time,” a source told National Enquirer.

Scarlett reportedly likes the attention she has been receiving from the actor-and-musician.

They are still in touch and she has been regularly taking his calls. She also apparently takes special care with her clothes, hair and make-up when she knows they are going to be at the same events.

“One time she even took a call from Jared during [a] romantic dinner,” the insider laughed.