Jan 26, 3:56 PM EST

'American Sniper' maintains lead position at weekend box office by earning $64.6 million

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Sniper" continued to stay in moviegoers' sights.

The Navy SEAL marksman drama starring Bradley Cooper stayed in first place in its second weekend in wide release, earning $64.6 million. The total haul for "American Sniper," which is up for six Academy Awards, stands at $200.4 million.

The thriller "The Boy Next Door," starring Jennifer Lopez as a teacher who engages in a steamy affair with a young man, debuted in second place with $14.9 million.

The weekend's other major new releases failed to crack the top 5.

The animated fantasy "Strange Magic" launched in seventh place with $5.5 million, while the Johnny Depp heist comedy "Mortdecai" flopped into ninth place with $4.2 million.

In addition to "American Sniper," several films up for the best-picture trophy at next month's Oscars continued to benefit from awards season recognition at the box office, including "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything."


The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak:

1. "American Sniper," Warner Bros., $64,628,304, 3,705 locations, $17,444 average, $200,400,417, 5 weeks.

2. "The Boy Next Door," Universal, $14,910,105, 2,602 locations, $5,730 average, $14,910,105, 1 week.

3. "Paddington," Weinstein Co., $12,266,287, 3,355 locations, $3,656 average, $39,937,717, 2 weeks.

4. "The Wedding Ringer," Sony, $11,309,381, 3,003 locations, $3,766 average, $39,385,881, 2 weeks.

5. "Taken 3," 20th Century Fox, $7,412,597, 2,909 locations, $2,548 average, $75,863,651, 3 weeks.

6. "The Imitation Game," Weinstein Co., $6,946,076, 2,025 locations, $3,430 average, $60,452,357, 9 weeks.

7. "Strange Magic," Disney, $5,504,441, 3,020 locations, $1,823 average, $5,504,441, 1 week.

8. "Selma," Paramount, $5,418,572, 2,046 locations, $2,648 average, $39,138,346, 5 weeks.

9. "Mortdecai," Lionsgate, $4,200,586, 2,648 locations, $1,586 average, $4,200,586, 1 week.

10. "Into The Woods," Disney, $3,884,471, 2,270 locations, $1,711 average, $121,493,132, 5 weeks.

11. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," Warner Bros., $2,774,303, 1,444 locations, $1,921 average, $249,545,262, 6 weeks.

12. "Unbroken," Universal, $2,071,740, 1,606 locations, $1,290 average, $112,436,905, 5 weeks.

13. "Birdman," Fox Searchlight, $1,938,011, 833 locations, $2,327 average, $30,936,133, 15 weeks.

14. "Night at the Museum: Secret Of The Tomb," 20th Century Fox, $1,785,807, 1,370 locations, $1,304 average, $108,597,968, 6 weeks.

15. "Blackhat," Universal, $1,667,975, 2,568 locations, $650 average, $7,097,125, 2 weeks.

16. "The Theory of Everything," Focus Features, $1,262,967, 858 locations, $1,472 average, $29,055,497, 12 weeks.

17. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Lionsgate, $1,040,354, 676 locations, $1,539 average, $334,325,799, 10 weeks.

18. "Wild," Fox Searchlight, $957,209, 505 locations, $1,895 average, $34,719,789, 8 weeks.

19. "Cake," Freestyle Releasing, $919,179, 482 locations, $1,907 average, $919,179, 1 week.

20. "Spare Parts," Lionsgate, $808,022, 424 locations, $1,906 average, $2,615,073, 2 weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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