B.O. Roundup, January 23-24: 'American Sniper' Reigns Supreme, 'Mortdecai' Falls Flat

Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:36 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, January 23-24: 'American Sniper' Reigns Supreme, 'Mortdecai' Falls Flat

After breaking records aplenty a week ago, American Sniper is well on its way to becoming the biggest war movie of all time.

Rubber baby or not, Clint Eastwood's military hagiography hauled in another $64.3 million this weekend, according to current estimates.  That brings American Sniper's domestic total to a staggering $200.1 million after just ten days in wide release.

With that, the film starring Bradley Cooper has zipped past Pearl Harbor's $198 million domestic haul and ought to easily surpass Saving Private Ryan's $216.5 million in the next several days.

Amazingly, American Sniper eased just 28% from its huge performance last weekend, benefiting from strong word of mouth.  If it weren't last week's gargantuan $90.2 million take, American Sniper would have set a record for the busiest January weekend over the last two days.

In a distant second place there's The Boy Next Door, a low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez as a woman terrorized by the teenaged neighbor with whom she has an ill-advising one night stand.  Despite absolutely scathing reviews, The Boy Next Door opened with an estimated $15.0 million from 2,602 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.  That's a rock-solid per-theater average of 5,765 (American Sniper's, for comparison, is $17,372, while third place movie Paddington's per-theater is $3,693). 

In its first weekend, The Boy Next Door has already grossed almost four times its production budget, so it's a big win for Lopez and company.

The George Lucas-produced animated feature Strange Magic, which also got battered around by critics, opened in 3,020 theaters, from which it earned an estimated $5.5 million in seventh place.

The week's other new wide release fared even worse.  Mortdecai continued Johnny Depp's cold streak as a leading man, opening in 2,648 theaters in North America and earning just $4.1 million, according to estimates.

That puts the poorly reviewed caper in ninth place, just a few hundred thousand dollars ahead of Into the Woods, which also features Depp in a brief supporting role.  Depp, who was riding high ever since his first turn as Jack Sparrow twelve years ago, has been having a tough time connecting commercially for the last few years.  With its debut weekend belly flop, Mortdecai joins The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, and Transcendence as a Depp vehicle that doesn't live up to the box office expectations of a big star on Depp's level.

Ponder the current state of Depp and the check out the rest of the films in this week's top ten:

1. American Sniper...........................................................................$64.3 million...............$200.1 million

2. The Boy Next Door.......................................................................$15.0 million...............New Release

3. Paddington...................................................................................$12.3 million...............$40.0 million

4. The Wedding Ringer....................................................................$11.6 million...............$39.6 million

5. Taken 3.........................................................................................$7.6 million.................$76.0 million

6. The Imitation Game.....................................................................$7.1 million.................$60.6 million

7. Strange Magic..............................................................................$5.5 million.................New Release

8. Selma............................................................................................$5.5 million.................$39.2 million

9. Mordecai........................................................................................$4.1 million.................New Release

10. Into the Woods...........................................................................$3.8 million.................$121.4 million

This Friday brings several very different films to theaters in wide release.  There's the acclaimed drama Black or White starring Kevin Costner, as well as the thriller The Loft, and the Michael Bay-produced time travel adventure Project Almanac.

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