Weekend Round-up: American Sniper Keeps Shooting and Sundance Awards Announced

February 2, 2015

Scene from American Sniper with Bradlety CooperJanuary continued to be a month full of box office excitement and big movie news as the month wrapped up with American Sniper coming in first place at the box office for the third week in a row since its debut, picking up $31.8 million and setting a new Super Bowl weekend record. Overall, it was a tough weekend for new films, with Paddington edging out new film Project Almanac for second place with $8.5 million. The other major two new films failed to make a major dent in the box office with the Kevin Costner vehicle Black or White coming in at fourth place with $6.5 million and The Loft rounding out the top ten with $2.9 million.

In other news this weekend, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up over a week of premiers, deals, and gossip with its annual award ceremony hosted by comedian Tig Notaro. Nabbing both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for drama was the coming-of-age film Me & Earl & the Dying Girl. The unique and powerful The Wolfpack, which tells the story of a family of six siblings whose only connection to the outside world comes through film, picked up the U.S. grand jury prize for a documentary while Robert Eggers won the directing award for his film The Witch. To see the full list of winners from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, please click here.