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'American Sniper' kills at the North American box office with $90.2M

The Best Picture Oscar nominee set a new record for the best January weekend haul and best weekend take ever for a non-franchise film.

By Karen Butler
Sienna Miller, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper arrive on the red carpet at the 'American Sniper' New York Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz in New York City on December 15, 2014. UPI/John Angelillo | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/5f898a9826c22aa04bb1dd9eabf6e3e6/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Sienna Miller, Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper arrive on the red carpet at the 'American Sniper' New York Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz in New York City on December 15, 2014. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- American Sniper is the No. 1 movie at the North American box office, raking in more than $90.2 million in receipts this weekend, Rentrak announced Sunday.

The movie set a new record for the best January weekend haul and best take ever for a non-franchise film. The number also represented a career best for director Clint Eastwood.

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Although the movie opened in select theaters Christmas Day, this was the first weekend the Chris Kyle biopic was in wide release.

The film also last week earned six Oscar nominations including nods for Best Picture and Best Actor Bradley Cooper.

Coming in at No. 2 at the U.S. and Canadian box office was The Wedding Ringer with $21 million, followed by Paddington at No. 3 with $19.3 million, Taken 3 at No. 4 with $14 million and Selma at No. 5 with $8.3 million.

Rounding out the top tier are The Imitation Game at No. 6 with $7.2 million, Into the Woods at No, 7 with $6.5 million, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at No. 8 with $4.9 million, Unbroken at No. 9 with $4.3 million and Blackhat at No. 10 with $4 million.

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