It was a timid box office weekend for the new releases, while Clint Eastwood's latest continues to dominate
In at number 1 is American Sniper with $64.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $200 million. That’s a 27% holdover from last weekend, which is extremely strong for a film that “opened” with $90M. Given what American Sniper has accomplished already, we wouldn’t be surprised if January became the new “heroic war story” month going forward.
The Boy Next Door comes in at number 2 with $15 million. The only new release to crack the top 5, Jennifer Lopez’s thriller did decent business for a January, but nothing spectacular. Don’t look for The Boy Next Door to hang around too long, though, as the film likely doesn’t have much lasting appeal.
Coming in at number 3 is Paddington with $12.3 million. The animated film featuring the iconic bear is now up to $40 million after two weeks.
Falling to number 4 is The Wedding Ringer with $11.6 million. Kevin Hart comedies typically fare a little better in their second weekend, but The Wedding Ringer appears to be less appealing to audiences. So far, the film has grossed $39 million.
Rounding out the top 5 is Taken 3 with $7.6 million. This third film is still trailing behind the last, but even so, Taken 3 has grossed $76 million domestic and added $149 million overseas.
In at number 6 is The Imitation Game with $7.1 million. The Benedict Cumberbatch-led biopic actually saw a slight bump up as it increased its theater count. After 9 weeks, the film has grossed $60 million.
Coming in at number 7 is Strange Magic (read our review) with $5.5 million. An animated feature playing on over 3,000 screens is not supposed to open this low, especially not one with George Lucas involved, but there are at least one or two family films that just don't hit. Count Strange Magic as one of this year’s flops, but not a surprising one.
The number 8 film this weekend is Selma with $5.5 million. The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic has grossed $39 million after 5 weeks.
More interesting than Mortedcai’s failure in North America, though, is its poor showing overseas, where it only grossed $5 million. Johnny Depp typically can offset poor domestic grosses with solid international numbers, but that was not the case here.
Rounding out the top 10 is Into the Woods with $3.8 million. Disney’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical is up to $121 million after five weeks.
Outside the top 10: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 hit $334 million domestic and finally passed Guardians of the Galaxy for the title of top grossing 2014 release.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, January 25th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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