1. American Sniper – $31.8 million [3rd week; $248.9 million] After a remarkably strong second weekend, the Clint Eastwood/Bradley Cooper action film easily remained the top dog and beat out the previous Super Bowl record holder “Best of Both Worlds Concert: The 3-D Movie (Anaglyph Extended Edition) [Blu-ray],” which earned $31.2 million in 2008.
At the rate it’s going, “Sniper” could beat surpass “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 [Blu-ray]” as the highest grossing film of 2014. It should lose its top spot next week, but this has been a phenomenal performance for the war drama.
2. Paddington -$8.7 million [3rd week; $50 million] The family film retains its second spot despite the arrival of three newcomers, none of which were able to make much of a dent at the box office.
3. Project Almanac – $8.5 million [debut week] The much hyped new release, which seemed poised to at least tap into the young adult demographic swung and missed. Compared to other early YA-targeted releases like “Warm Bodies,” which opened to $20 million in 2013, this was a massive flop and won’t remain in the Top 5 long past this week.
4. Black or White – $6.5 million [debut week] Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer’s collaboration didn’t connect much with audiences. The premise didn’t seem all that original and with its look at race relations, may have benefited from opening a week later. Expect this to stick around a bit longer as a result of its “A-” CinemaScore.
5. The Boy Next Door – $6.1 million [2nd week; $25 million] Apparently one sample of Jennifer Lopez’s cookies were enough for audiences as they tuned out in droves for the second weekend in a more than 60 percent drop from its debut. The important thing for the film though was its decent opening weekend since it more than earned back its $4 million budget so everything at this point is gravy anyway.