HOLLYWOOD—It’s no secret that the multiplex is notoriously slow on Super Bowl weekend, but for the first time in years, a movie proved to defy the odds. “American Sniper” continued its grip on the box-office adding another $30 million to its tally to maintain the top spot. After 3 weeks, the movie is slated to surpass the $250 million mark within the next day or so.
Landing in the #2 spot was the flick “Paddington” with an additional $8.5 million to its total. The family-oriented flick about a beloved teddy bear is proving to be a major hit with audiences. Nabbing the #3 spot was the sci-fi thriller “Project Almanac” with just under $8.5 million. The Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer dramedy “Black and White” earned around $6.5 million to take the #4 spot. While Jennifer Lopez’s “The Boy Next Door” rounded out the top five with an additional $6.1 million.
Failing to connect with audiences was the James Marsden thriller “The Loft,” which earned less than $3 million in its debut weekend. Next week looks interesting with “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water,” “Jupiter Ascending” and “The Seventh Son” all hitting the multiplex.