American Sniper picks off top spot at the box office over the long weekend

Clint Eastwood’s latest film American Sniper stormed the box office over the Australia Day long weekend to take $5.266m across 298 screens.

Since its premiere last Thursday the film, which stars Bradley Cooper as  Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and is nominated for best picture at the Oscars, has made $5.627m locally.

Australian film Paper Planes continues to do well at the box office although it could not come close to American Sniper’s bumper effort grabbing $1.675m across 262 screens taking its total local box office takings to $5.157m.

Taken3 was pushed into third placed after pulling in $1.225m across 289 screens. The action movie has made nearly $13m at the Australian box office.

The Imitation Game scored fourth place on the box office rankings after taking in $1.243m while Disney’s Into the Woods rounded out the top five after raking in $1.185m.

Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken was the last film to crack the $1m mark, grabbing $1.107m across 276 screens. To date the film, which was filmed in Australia, has made $4.333m.

Kids movies Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 benefited from the final weekend of the school holidays pulling in $977,123 and $975,529 respectively.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
American Sniper (Roadshow) $5,266,519 298 $5,627,440
Paper Planes (Roadshow) $1,675,914 262 $5,157,015
Taken 3 (Fox) $1,255,555 289 $12,706,368
The Imitation Game (Roadshow) $1,243,895 231 $13,897,614
Into The Woods (Disney) $1,185,530 301 $10,044,808
Unbroken (Universal) $1,107,620 276 $4,333,088
Penguins Of Madagascar (Fox) $977,123 341 $14,014,551
Big Hero 6 (Disney) $975,529 245 $20,136,180
The Wedding Ringer (Sony) $946,858 171 $1,195,424
Wild (Fox) $841,460 0 $979,845
Birdman (Fox) $828,185 160 $3,432,732
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Wb) $785,929 245 $33,433,595
The Water Diviner (Universal) $581,227 250 $14,133,907
Dumb And Dumber To (Universal) $454,298 197 $5,899,258
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Fox) $337,762 138 $13,336,265
Paddington (Studiocanal) $305,239 141 $10,750,295
Baby (Sippy) $104,238 7 $104,238
Still Alice (Icon) $101,882 64 $111,222
Annie (Roadshow) $101,775 73 $5,950,694
Mr. Turner (Transmission) $69,554 36 $1,598,461

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