Warner's American Sniper took in an impressive $9.92 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office with ease for a fifth consecutive day. The Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down just 45 percent from Monday's holiday inflated performance. After five days of wide release, American Sniper has grossed a massive $120.56 million. In addition to rocketing past pre-release expectations the film is currently running 76 percent ahead of the $68.45 million five-day start of 2013's Gravity. With daily grosses of this size and impressive daily percentage holds thus far, American Sniper is obviously looking it remain in first place with ease over the upcoming weekend.
The Wedding Ringer placed in second with $1.71 million. Sony's modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down 50 percent from Monday. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $25.75 million in five days, which is on the lower end of pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 11 percent behind the $29.00 million five-day pace of last year's About Last Night, but should continue to close the percentage gap between the two films thanks to stronger daily holds.
Fox's Taken 3 took third place with $1.13 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down 52 percent from Monday and down a sharp 66 percent from last Tuesday. Taken 3 has grossed $66.97 million in twelve days. That places the film a reasonable 25 percent behind the $89.60 million twelve-day take of 2012's Taken 2.
Paddington claimed fourth place with $1.01 million. The family film from The Weinstein Company was down 85 percent from Monday, which is a sure sign of how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. Paddington has grossed a very solid $26.50 million in five days, which places the film essentially on par with the $26.58 million five-day start of last year's The Nut Job.
Best Picture nominees Selma and The Imitation Game took fifth and sixth place with respective daily takes of $0.89 million and $0.71 million. Paramount's Selma was down 82 percent from Monday's inflated Martin Luther King Day performance, while The Imitation Game was down just 41 percent. Respective current total grosses stand at $32.41 million for Selma and at $52.34 million for The Imitation Game.