American Sniper Blows Friday Box Office Charts – Watch

American Sniper Blows Friday Box Office Charts - Watch

American Sniper continues its surprise box office success. Following its remarkable $3.4 million gross across only four screens, the film’s first day in wide release has made it look like a blockbuster, earning $30.5 million on Friday.

Adapted from the autobiography of the same name, “American Sniper” is the real-life story of the late Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), the Navy SEAL who was known as the most lethal sniper in American history. The film, which cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow about $58 million to make, rolled out in 3,555 screens across the U.S., bringing in more than $8,500 per screen.

Ticket-selling websites Fandango and both reported that the film was their biggest ticket-seller this weekend. It received a 73% fresh rating from critic site Rotten Tomatoes and an A+ grade from audience polling firm CinemaScore.

In second place was “The Wedding Ringer,” which grossed $7 million in 3,003 locations Friday. The film, starring Hart as a best man for hire, is projected to pull in an estimated $24 million over the holiday weekend, passing its budget of $23 million in just four days.

Closing out the top five are Weinstein Co.’s “Paddington” with $4.7 million, last weekend’s leader “Taken 3” with $4.3 million, and the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama “Selma,” which made an estimated $2.4 million.