Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, topped the domestic box office a second weekend in a row with an impressive $64.4 million. That’s a drop of just 27.9% and means the Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow release has already topped the $200 million mark with $200.1 million total after two weeks. American Sniper earned $5.8 million on 333 IMAX screens and is now the highest-grossing January IMAX release ever with $18.8 million. The film cost about $60 million to make.
Opening in second place was the Rob Cohen-directed thriller The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman. Made for just $4 million, the Universal release from Blumhouse Productions earned an estimated $15 million from 2,602 theaters, an average of $5,754 per theater. Audiences gave The Boy Next Door a CinemaScore of B-.
Remaining in third place was the TWC-Dimension release Paddington, which dropped just 34.7% in ticket sales and added $12.4 million its second weekend of release. Written and directed by Paul King, the family film has grossed $40 million domestically and $169.6 million worldwide.
Screen Gems’ The Wedding Ringer fell two spots to fourth place with $11.6 million and has earned $39.7 million after two weeks. The comedy was produced for $23 million.
Rounding out the top five was Taken 3, which added $7.6 million its third weekend. Made for $48 million, the 20th Century Fox sequel has brought in $76 million domestically and $179.7 million worldwide. Taken 3 was followed closely in sixth place by The Imitation Game‘s $7.1 million. The thriller from The Weinstein Company has grossed $60.6 million to date. Paramount’s Selma also earned $5.5 million in eighth place for a total of $39.2 million after five weeks.
That was the good news at the box office, because two other wide releases bombed right out of the gate. Strange Magic, the new animated film from Lucasfilm and released by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, opened with just $5.5 million in 3,020 theaters. The film averaged just $1,822 and got a B- CinemaScore. That wasn’t the worst opening of the weekend, however. Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bethany, Jeff Goldblum and Olivia Munn, was able to pull in just $4.1 million from 2,648 theaters. Made for $60 million, the film averaged only $1,558 per theater and received a C+ CinemaScore. It’s yet another bomb at the box office for Depp, following such films as Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger and Transcendence.
In limited release, the Jennifer Aniston-starring Cake earned $1 million from 482 theaters, an average of $2,081, while Focus Features released Black Sea, starring Jude Law, in five theaters where it grossed $35,000. The latter will expand to about 300 theaters next weekend.