By Matt O'Bryant
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This weekend played out a lot like last weekend even with a couple of new wide releases hitting theaters. American Sniper continued to destroy at the box office in its second weekend of release taking in an estimated $63.27 million. The film which is directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper surpassed the $200 million domestic mark, making it Eastwood's biggest film to date. The film also landed as the 8th largest second weekend tally of all time due to only dropping 28 percent from its first weekend which is an extremely impressive number. The film is looking to definitely pass the $300 million mark sooner rather than later.
Coming in second place for the weekend was The Boy Next Door, a thriller starring Jennifer Lopez making an estimated $15 million. That number isn't high but it is a good number for the studio and Lopez considering the film only costed around 4 million to make so it is already fairly profitable for the studios.
It was bad news though for the other two wide releases of the weekend Lionsgate's Mortdecai and Disney's Strange Magic, which we expected to be not to do well didn't prove us wrong. Coming in seventh place was Strange Magic with an estimated $6 million. Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp fared even worse opening in ninth place with a lowly $4.13 million. This marks the third film in a row Johnny Depp to bomb at the box office. His last two films Transcendence and The Lone Ranger failed miserably at the box office too. People I feel are just so damn tired of Johnny Depp playing the same weird character over and over again.
Going back down to finish up with the top five with no surprises was Paddington in third place with an estimated $12.39 million. At number four was the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer with an estimated $11.5 million. Rounding out the top 5 was Liam Neeson's Taken 3 with an estimated $7.6 million for the weekend. This is looking like the third Taken film will ended making the least in the trilogy, which means it will probably be the last entry in this stale franchise.
That's it for the box office news this weekend, see you back here next week! As always thanks for checking us out, Please Like and Share us on Facebook. Leave your thoughts or comments below.