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Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 18th, 2015

Jan 18 Box Office - American Sniper

January box office records weren’t just broken this weekend, they were shattered, and by a director some said was on the way out.

In at number 1 is American Sniper (read our review) with a massive $90 million. Most box office analysts predicted that the film would open huge based on its strong limited release numbers, but nobody expected the biopic would debut to such a huge tally.

American Sniper’s $90 million destroys Ride Along’s previous January box office record of $41 million, while setting a few daily records along the way. As one might imagine, American Sniper’s $90M also now stands as a personal best for both director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper (in a live action role), which is a surprising stat given the former’s resume.

Coming in at number 2 is The Wedding Ringer (read our review) with $21 million. Kevin Hart’s latest comedy did well all things considered, but we’d bet Screen Gems and Sony were hoping for more.

The Groom and Groomsman of 'The Wedding Ringer'

Hart has owned the month of January in past years – last year’s Ride Along was the reigning January box office champ until this weekend – but clearly the competition was too stiff. Still, with a fairly generic comedic set-up, $21 million speaks volumes about Hart’s appeal.

Paddington (read our review) comes in at number 3 with $19.2 million. The adaptation of the popular children’s book character performed admirably over the weekend, but by no means did it over perform.

The number 4 film is Taken 3 with $14 million. Liam Neeson’s latest action flick saw another steep drop-off this weekend, but is now up to $62 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is Selma with $8.3 million. The biopic held very well over the holiday weekend, which is to be expected given the subject matter. Selma is now up to $26 million total.

In at number 6 is The Imitation Game with $7.1 million. Benedict Cumberbatch’s critically acclaimed biopic is up to a very respectable $50 million.

Kiera Knightley in 'The Imitation Game'

Into the Woods fell to the number 7 spot with $6.5 million. Although the film has not been receiving much awards season love, it has grossed $114 million thus far.

Coming in at number 8 is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with $4.8 million. The final film in the big budget franchise is now up to $244 million domestic and $803 million worldwide. Despite some disappointment from critics and fans, The Hobbit trilogy was still a solid moneymaker.

The number 9 film is Unbroken with $4.2 million. While Angeline Jolie’s film didn’t get much Oscar nomination love this week, it has still grossed $108 million.

Rounding out the top 10 is Blackhat (read our review) with $4 million. The film was panned across the board by critics, but even so, most expected a little more out of the Chris Hemsworth-led film.

Chris Hemsworth in 'Blackhat' (Movie Reviews 2015)

Coincidentally, while American Sniper was setting records for box office highs, Blackhat flirted with a record low for a wide release. Director Michael Mann clearly doesn’t have the clout he once did.

Outside the top 10: Oscar contender Still Alice grossed $212,000 on 12 screens for $17,667 per-screen average.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, January 19th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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