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Box office report: ’American Sniper’ spends third weekend on top

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Keith Bernstein

American Sniper’s ticket sales dropped by 51% this weekend, but that didn’t put a halt to its successful run: The Clint Eastwood-directed war flick was number one at the box office for the third weekend in a row with a $31.9 million yield.

The family-friendly Paddington, now in its third week, proved its staying power by landing in the number two spot with $8.5 million. Paddington is one of few PG-rated options in theaters now, and the only one that has glowing reviews—something that has definitely worked in its favor.

Project Almanac, which opened this weekend, finished right next to Paddington with $8.5 million. As expected, the sci-fi flick brought in a mostly young audience—63% of this weekend’s Project Almanac viewers were under 25—but didn’t benefit from teen viewers as much as forecasts predicted: The film still has a bit to go before it breaks even with its $12 million budget.

In fourth place is Black or White, the Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer drama that made $6.5 million—and that just barely beat The Boy Next Door, which made $6.1 million in its second weekend. Both films have been plagued by negative reviews, but The Boy Next Door has the advantage of being an erotic thriller starring Jennifer Lopez. It is not a film people were ever going to see because of critical acclaim. 

Black or White’s star power did help, though: Both Costner and Spencer are Oscar winners, and their reputations will continue to attract moviegoers who want to see some big names on the screen at a time when there aren’t many new films out starring A-list actors. 

1. American Sniper — $31.9 million

2. Paddington — $8.5 million

3. Project Almanac — $8.5 million

4. Black or White — $6.5 million

5. The Boy Next Door — $6.1 million

Outside the top five, The Loft opened this weekend and made $2.9 million—just enough to earn it a place in the top ten ahead of Selma, which finished at number 11 with $2.7 million.

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