Weekend Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Still Shoots High, ‘Mortdecai’ Falls

By January 24, 2015
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We’re not quite finished with the final box office for the weekend, but early projections are telling an interesting story.

According to Variety, the Clint Eastwood-directed film about US Marine Chris Kyle serving in Iraq during the war is on track to earn $62 million this weekend, still managing to do blockbuster numbers while only in in its second weekend of release. The film, which has generated significant buzz ahead of this year’s Oscar season, has proven to be both engaging with the American public as well as controversial with certain audiences. All of this has likely translated into bigger business for the film, which took in an astonishing $105.3 million in its opening weekend.

Not faring nearly as well is Johnny Depp’s new comedy Mortdecai, the story of a buffoonish art dealer on a quest for the code to a stolen bank account. This weekend, the film is expected to take in a relatively miniscule $4.3 million on a $60 million budget. We’ll of course have to see what the final box office take will be tomorrow, but if these estimates hold true, then Mortdecai will end up only making about a third of what it was expected to.

This latest comedy marks one of the worst openings in Depp’s career, joining other box office disappointments with the actor like The Lone Ranger and Transcendence. The actor has seen greatest recent success in his starring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Prates of the Caribbean franchise, with the fifth installment due out in 2017.

For more on the weekend’s box office, including final results, check back tomorrow here on GeekNation!

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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.
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