Weekend box office: Mortdecai tanks while American Sniper rolls

There are a few interesting nuggets from the movies at the weekend box office.  First, we have AMERICAN SNIPER (click the link to read our review) continuing to steamroll through the box office with another massive haul of over $60 million.  That’s incredible for an opening weekend, let alone a movie in its second weekend.  I’m still not sure I understand the appeal, but I’m happy for Bradley Cooper that his pet project turned out so successful.  Second, we have THE BOY NEXT DOOR in second place with about $15 million, which isn’t record shattering or anything, but the only thing the movie had going for it is that it starred Jennifer Lopez, so it’s a little surprising that she alone can carry a movie to $15 million.  It looks like ‘American Idol’ has really helped her career comeback.  The final thing to note this weekend is the atrocious, almost embarrassing opening of Johnny Depp’s MORTDECAI.  Everyone could see it from the first trailer, but as trailers and other marketing materials continued to roll out, the movie looked worse and worse.  So while J-Lo can still open a bad movie to $15 million, Johnny Depp can’t even open a bad movie to $5 million.  I think that speaks volumes for Depp’s true star power.

Next week is a little depressing since we don’t really have anything opening to note.  There’s the Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer race drama BLACK OR WHITE, which you probably haven’t heard of because it tanked in test screenings.  Then there’s the teen sci-fi time-travel movie PROJECT ALMANAC, which might appeal to the pre-teen crowd but will probably get lost in the mix.  Finally, there’s the probably straight-to-video THE LOFT featuring several of your favorite TV stars.  Overall, I think it’s going to be another easy win for AMERICAN SNIPER.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. American Sniper $64.3m

2. The Boy Next Door $15m

3. Paddington $12.4m

4. The Wedding Ringer $11.6m

5. Taken 3 $7.6m

6. Imitation Game $7.1m

7. Strange Magic $5.53m

8. Selma $5.5m

9. Mortdecai $4.1m

10. Into the Woods $3.8m


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