'American Sniper' Crushes Weekend Box Office With 'The Wedding Ringer' Far Behind

Actor Bradley Cooper arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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I have a question for you all. Did you happen to go to the movies over the extended Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend? Because if you did, I bet I can guess which movie you saw. So here goes it, be prepared for magic... you saw American Sniper, didn't you? How do I know that? Because I'm a psychic of course, and also because the The New York Times asserts that the movie is projected to make $105.2 million in North America in just its opening weekend. That's a whole lot of exposure for Bradley Cooper, that's for sure. And having seen the movie, I think it's well deserved.

But, aside from American Sniper sorta, kinda, totally stealing the show, let's not forget to mention the movies that also managed to make a respectable amount of dough in light of a Clint Eastwood eclipse. All of the hilarious, shameless self-promotion Kevin Hart did at the Golden Globes, was worth it because his movie, The Wedding Ringer, is presumed to rake in $25 million. Though, in comparison to the war movie giant, that projection seems measly. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Paddington, because it was right behind The Wedding Ringer, and it is expected to make $20 million. A fairly good amount of money for a talking bear in a raincoat and galoshes surrounded by Oscar nominees, no? On a more somber, disappointing note, Selma is only expected to make $10.3 million, and The New York Times relays that The Imitation Game will garner similar money. 

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