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Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" remained at the top of the domestic box office this weekend, grossing another $64 million to bring its worldwide total to almost $250 million. Domestically, "American Sniper" earned $200 million, which is more than other other war movies, except for one. The film recently surpassed Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" ($198.5 million) and will soon overtake Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" ($216.5 million). Taking second place at the box office was Jennifer Lopez's "The Boy Next Door" thriller. The $4 million film opened to $15 million, but has a lousy 13% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Landing in seventh place was George Lucas' animated "Strange Magic" movie, which grossed just $5.5 million, one of the worst openings ever for a film released in over 3,000 locations. The new movie has a terrible 11% fresh rating. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp has another flop on his hands after "The Lone Ranger" and "Transcendence." Landing in ninth place is Depp's "Mortdecai" comedy, »
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
While some celebs may be dieting and working out to fit into that Oscar gown, Jennifer Garner won't be stressing.
In an interview with Yahoo Beauty, the Dallas Buyers Club star revealed that she doesn't go on hardcore food regimens or restrictive diets to get ready for awards season any more – thanks to years of doing so for Alias. Instead, she buys a dress that already fits.
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"I don't wear crazy dresses," Garner said. "I mean, believe me, there's always a point in the fitting where I feel like, 'Why didn't I just try to lose four pounds and then I could wear any dress?' I just can’t though."
As it turns out, years of needing to stay fit for grueling roles in action movies and TV shows were enough for Garner.
John Krasinski could wind up one of those actors who isn’t made for the movies. Whether it’s because he’s got a look more suited for television or that we’ll never stop seeing him as Jim Halpert from The Office or that he simply can’t lock down the right breakthrough role on the big screen, maybe he should just let his wife be the movie star (one who had a great 2014, by the way) and he can stick to being famous on the small screen, where his facial expressions get the proper attention in perpetual close-up. Or, maybe he just needs more time, like his UK Office counterpart, Martin Freeman, who just needed Peter Jackson to cast him as the lead in The Hobbit movies for a boost of cinematic notoriety (of course, Freeman’s most notable gigs of late are on TV: Fargo and Sherlock). And perhaps Michael Bay can be Krasinski »
- Christopher Campbell
Amazon declared itself a major player this past weekend, taking home two Golden Globes for "Transparent" — a series ordered up from its successful second pilot season. Now entering its fourth season, the young but powerful streaming network is looking for another "Transparent," or at least something built to bring in as much attention, awards and accolades as Jill Soloway's groundbreaking half-hour dramedy. But is there one among the six new scripted contenders in 2015? Take a look at our reviews, and then vote for yourself right here. "Point of Honor"A near if not total disaster, "Point of Honor" feels like watching a group of Civil War re-enactors get together and create their own false narrative. While that could be fun in a soapy kind of way, series creators Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Randall Wallace ("Pearl Harbor") treat their material straight, asking audiences to take it very, very seriously. Occasional. »
- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers
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