American Sniper shot down a box office result with a $31.9 million, the biggest Super Bowl weekend ever.
The film has brought in $248.9 million domestically in six weeks, making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation. That title was previously held by 1998’s Saving Private Ryan.
The animated Paddington came in at a distant second with $8.5 million and $50.5 million to date, while Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door closed out the top 5 with $6 million and $24.6 million in two weekends.
As for new releases, Project Almanac had the largest debut at #3 with $8.5 million. The film film is about a group of teens who discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one… but things start to get out of control.
Black or White, starring Kevin Costner, opened in fourth with $6.5 million.
Open Road’s The Loft, a much-delayed remake of a 2008 Dutch thriller directed by its original filmmaker Erik Van Looy, debuted at $2.8 million, opening in 1,841 theaters.
The HBO series, Game of Thrones, opened in 205 Imax theaters with previously aired episodes ahead of the April debut of the show’s fifth season. It earned $1.5 million to open at #15.
That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and the Universal fantasy film, Seventh Son.
This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:
1. “American Sniper,” $31.9 million ($11.1 million international).
2. “Paddington,” $8.5 million.
3. “Project Almanac,” $8.5 million.
4. “Black or White,” $6.5 million.
5. “The Boy Next Door,” $6.1 million.
6. “The Wedding Ringer,” $5.7 million.
7. “The Imitation Game,” $5.2 million.
8. “Taken 3,” $3.7 million ($21.2 million international).
9. “Strange Magic,” $3.4 million.
10. “The Loft,” $2.9 million.