Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Hits $200M, Johnny Depp’s Latest Bombs
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has not only maintained its top position following last weekend’s historic debut, the film has actually gone on to improve its numbers.
With this weekend’s staggering $64.4 million haul, American Sniper has now reached $200.1 million domestically in just two weeks. This has the added bonus of making the Best Picture nominee the No. 2 war film of all time in North America, overtaking Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, but falling just short of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. However, American Sniper is almost certain to overtake that film before its time at the box office is up.
Also impressing at the box office this weekend was Jennifer Lopez, whose latest film, The Boy Next Door, took the No. 2 spot with a strong $15 million opening. The thriller cost just $4 million to produce, making this a pretty big win for Universal and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse studio. This was enough to eke out a win over British family film Paddington, which placed at No. 3. However, while it dropped in the rankings, the movie is still doing impressive business, grossing $12.4 million to bring its domestic total to $40.1 million, far above expectations.
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t nearly as good for Johnny Depp. His latest film, Mortdecai, absolutely bombed in its debut weekend, earning just $4.1 million. This is the worst opening for Depp in the aftermath of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (although he’ll return as Captain Jack Sparrow for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017). This also marks Depp’s third big-budget bomb in a row after The Lone Ranger and Transcendence. Right now, his only saving grace is Into the Woods, which continues to be a solid box office performer over a month into its run. However, Depp only has a small role in the movie, so it’s not as though it was marketed on his appearance. If anything, he seemed to be a bit of an afterthought in the advertisements. That said, it still counts as a minor win for Depp, and a badly needed one, at that.
Another disappointment this week was Strange Magic, the animated musical inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Produced by George Lucas and starring Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Sam Palladio, Strange Magic opened to just $5.5 million to land at No. 7.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do? Check out the full list of the Top 10 at the weekend box office below:
TOP 10 AT THE BOX OFFICE – 01/26/2015
1. American Sniper ($64.4 million)
2. The Boy Next Door ($15 million)
3. Paddington ($12.4 million)
4. The Wedding Ringer ($11.6 million)
5. Taken 3 ($7.6 million)
6. The Imitation Game ($7.1 million)
7. Strange Magic ($5.53 million)
8. Selma ($5.50 million)
9. Mortdecai ($4.1 million)
10. Into the Woods ($3.9 million)