Last week, American Sniper had a fantastic January debut, scoring tens of millions of dollars at the box office. This week, Clint Eastwood’s wartime drama is still dong gangbusters, as the film has gone big with one of the best second weekend takes of all time. With another $64 million in the bank from North American ticket sales, that puts American Sniper in the same ballpark as films such as The Dark Knight and The Hunger Games.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai has been a massive flop. Debuting in ninth place on the top ten, Mortdecai took in a terrible haul of $4.1 million. That’s less than half of what his previous box office bomb Transcendence did on opening weekend ($10.1 million). Considering that film is playing at over 2500 screens, this is an amazingly disastrous start that will drop out of the top ten by the end of this week.
And the bad times, they just keep on rolling! The George Lucas penned CGI animated flick Strange Magic also performed poorly, raking in a seventh place debut and joining a select club of animated box office bombs such as Hoodwinked Too!, Valiant and Happily N’ever After. Here’s how everyone else did according to the latest estimates:
- American Sniper – $64.3 Million
- The Boy Next Door – $15 Million
- Paddington – $12.3 Million
- The Wedding Ringer – $11.6 Million
- Taken 3 – $7.6 Million
- The Imitation Game – $7.1 Million
- Strange Magic – $5.53 Million
- Selma – $5.5 Million
- Mortdecai – $4.1 Million
- Into The Woods – $3.8 Million
Top ten departures this week include The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Blackhat and Unbroken. The final chapter in the Middle Eart saga cleaned up big at the box office, earning over 809.6 million over a six week run in the top ten. A grand total, but nowhere near the final tally of The Desolation Of Smaug ($960.3 million) and An Unexpected Journey ($1 billion). Still, expect it to add a few more coins to its haul as it slowly wraps up around the world.
Last Updated: January 26, 2015