‘American Sniper’ Claims Top Box Office Spot for Second Week

American Sniper is continuing to take down the competition at the North American box office after adding another $64.4 million to its record-breaking haul.

Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated new movie, starring Bradley Cooper as real-life war hero and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, became the highest-grossing January film in box office history last weekend when it raked in $89.2 million, and now this week’s additional haul has taken second place, too.

The film has now broken the $200 million barrier in the U.S. and Canadian markets alone.

The latest figures have also scored American Sniper the biggest non-debut weekend in box office history for an R-rated film – the previous record holder was The Passion of the Christ‘s $53 million (£33 million) in its second week on release.

Elsewhere in the box office chart, Jennifer Lopez’s psychological thriller The Boy Next Door debuts in a distant second place, with $15 million, followed by family film Paddington at three.

Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow’s art-heist comedy Mortdecai failed to draw cinema-goers and opened with a disappointing $4.1 million to crawl into ninth place.

The movie, which was panned by critics, is Depp’s latest flop, following 2013’s The Lone Ranger and last year’s Transcendence.

Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures


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