There is no stopping “American Sniper,” as the film took the top spot in the Friday box office for the third week in a row. The Clint Eastwood-directed war drama pulled in another $10 million and is expected to reign the entire Super Bowl weekend with an estimated take of $35 million to $40 million.
The adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow about $58 million to make. It follows the story of Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a Navy SEAL known as the most lethal sniper in American history. Since its wide release three weeks ago, the film has grossed over $227 million.
With its six Oscar nominations, including for best picture, the film has generated much interest and controversy from both critics and audiences. The movie received a 73% positive rating from critic site Rotten Tomatoes and an A-plus grade from audience polling firm CinemaScore.
In second place, Paramount’s “Project Almanac” led all new releases with $3.2 million. The film, which cost $12 million to make, was produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. It follows a high school student (Jonny Weston) and his friends after they uncover blueprints for a time travel device.
"Black or White," released by Relativity Studios, came in third with $2.3 million in its debut weekend. Actor Kevin Costner financed the film, which tells the story of a grandfather (Costner) who is left to care for his granddaughter. Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie costar in the film, written and directed by Mike Bender ("Reign Over Me").
Rounding out the top five are Jennifer Lopez’s “Boy Next Door” with $2.1 million and “Paddington” with $1.9 million.
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