Final Weekend Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Takes Out Competition Again

By January 25, 2015
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Yesterday’s predictions at the box office largely ended up holding firm: American Sniper has maintained its historic commanding lead, while Johnny Depp’s latest has fallen way short of its mark.

According to Variety, American Sniper finished slightly ahead of its $62 million prediction, earning a total of $64.4 million for its second weekend in wide release. It absolutely destroyed the other competition this weekend, with the second place film, The Boy Next Door, coming nowhere close to Eastwood’s Chris Kyle biopic with a total of $15 million. In third place, the family film Paddington came in with a total of $12.39 million, with The Wedding Ringer  and Taken 3 rounding out the top five.

The biggest story out of this, though, is the predicted flop of Johnny Depp’s latest comedy Mortdecai. On a budget of $60 million, the comedy about the absent-minded art dealer ended up raking in $4.1 million. Considering the superstar status Depp has enjoyed in previous years, the lack of success for this latest effort, along with films like The Lone Ranger and Transcendence, make for a pretty surprising turn for the star’s career. While in previous years at the height of his popularity he was known not to work on a project for less than $20 million, it was recently reported that the actor cut his asking price significantly for Mortdecai to as low as $6-8 million.

While Mortdecai did crack the top 10 of this weekend’s box office, it came in at number 9: in between two films in their fifth week of release: Selma which came in at number 8, and Into the Woods which came in at number 10.

Next weekend has only two new releases: a found footage time machine film called Project Almanac, and Jason Statham’s Wild Card, starring Jason Statham, the second adaptation of the William Goldman novel Heat.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.