U.K. Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Tops Chart After Second Week

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Clint Eastwood's divisive drama leapfrogs 'Taken 3' to claim the No. 1 spot.

Having fallen short on its first attempt, American Sniper claimed the U.K. box office's top spot in its second week.

Perhaps buoyed by growing controversy in the U.S. and its path to becoming the top-grossing war film of all time in North America, Clint Eastwood’s divisive drama earned $3.9 million, leapfrogging Taken 3, which saw weekly takings of $2.7 million.

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The Theory of Everything and Into The Woods held their respective third and fourth positions, with the top five’s only new entry being claimed by Ex Machina, the directorial debut by The Beach and 28 Days Later scribe Alex Garland. Starring rising stars Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, the science fiction thriller — due to release in the U.S. in April — brought home $1.7 million.

For the first time in nine weeks, Paddington slipped out of the top five. But its weekly earnings of $1.1 million (bringing its U.K. total to an outstanding $53 million) was more than enough for the film to claim sixth spot above the top 10’s last remaining newcomers, Mortdecai and The Gambler, both of which fell well short of the $1 million mark.