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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
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
The saddest part of Mortdecai's abysmal debut this weekend was how expected it seemed to be. Johnny Depp's latest starring vehicle, in which he plays a daffy British bon-vivant jetting around the world to find a stolen masterpiece, aimed to be a kind of Pink Panther-esque caper—but American audiences stayed away in droves, and the critics unloaded. "In the end, we must lay the badness of Mortdecai at the feet of its star," wrote New York's David Edelstein. "I envy Depp’s capacity for self-amusement, but it’s a pity he’s so rich and enbubbled that »
- Jeff Labrecque
The caper comedy will be the fifth-straight flop for the actor whose career has taken strange twist
The wacky whiskers he wore as a shady art dealer in “Mortdecai” — the subject of a a national pre-release promo campaign — couldn’t prevent Lionsgate Entertainment’s caper comedy from landing with a major thud and taking in a puny $1.4 million in its nationwide opening Friday.
That means that “Mortdecai” will finish the weekend with less than $5 million, or »
- Todd Cunningham
“American Sniper” intensified its stunning and record-breaking box-office barrage with another $18.3 million on Friday. The tale of a top U.S. marksman coming home a changed man again blew past analysts’ projections and is heading for a three-day haul of more than $60 million, which would be easily the best second weekend in January ever.
- Todd Cunningham
The comedy came in seventh when it opened to $1.5 million on Friday and looks to finish the weekend in ninth place with a dismal $4.3 million.
The pic is far behind this weekend’s other new wide releasdise, Jennifer Lopez’s “The Boy Next Door,” which is runner-up to Bradley Cooper’s “American Sniper” as it continues to defy expectations with an estimated weekend haul of $62 million.
Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai,” which reportedly carries a $60 million pricetag, grossed about a third of what had been expected.
The movie marks the third Stateside dud in a row and one of the worst openings for Depp, following “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger.” Aside from Disney’s mega-successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, the chameleonic actor’s most recent films have bombed domestically (this is excluding his non-starring role in “Into the Woods »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Betting on Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” has turned out to be a nightmare for Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment, which financed the $60 million comedy that few want to see. It’s also another big black eye for Depp as the farce is the latest in a series of high-profile flops for the actor following “Transcendence,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Dark Shadows.”
Friday afternoon estimates showed the R-rated “Mortdecai” pulling in a mere $2 million on its opening day at 2,648 locations, with a weekend take estimated at less than $6 million — about half of recent forecasts. Despite Depp’s apparent efforts to channel the nuttiness of Peter Sellers, critics mostly hammered the film, which scored a dismal 13% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Depp’s career and stature as one of the biggest stars in the world is currently on shaky ground given his struggle to attract huge audiences outside of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Alice in Wonderland” franchises. »
- Dave McNary
The ensemble action comedy is pacing to come in under $6 million for weekend
“Mortdecai” will come in at less than $6 million for the weekend and be Depp’s fifth consecutive flop as a leading man, if it stays on the pace it was setting early Friday. That’s below the projections of analysts for the film, which were low to begin with at $10 million.
- Todd Cunningham
<< Continued from "'Sniper' to Easily Fight Off Weak Competition This Weekend"Opening at 2,648 locations, Mortdecai will likely be Johnny Depp's latest misfire at the domestic box office. He stars as the title character, a "debonair art dealer and part time rogue" who goes on a mission to recover a stolen painting.Marketing has positioned the movie as a broad slapstick comedy, and there's been a heavy emphasis placed on Mortdecai's silly-looking mustache. That includes a series of posters that feature each of the main stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn, wearing a similar mustache. While this quirky choice has helped differentiate the movie, it seems too slight to really translate in to ticket sales.In general, this is a pretty odd project. It's adapted from a series of novels by British author Kyril Bonfiglioli, which were originally published in the 1970s; while they surely have some fans, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
American Sniper is a phenom. Even the best predictions were $25+ million off last weekend. Astounding for a January release. Could we have predicted from the title alone that it was better than double Lone Survivorc Might January become patriotic military cinema monthc $53.5 million is my call for the weekend, gaining Academy momentum in a big way. Give The Boy Next Door this - they know who the audience is. The trailers are steamy and forbidden - catnip for the 50 Shades crowd. And really, who hasn't been therec My teenage neighbors hit on me constantly. This film, like the fella in it, will perform well, to the tune of $19.5 million. Strange Magic is in that weird place of being not quite a normal looking animation. I have seen trailers, so they are marketing, but it's not a sequel or a Pixar - though there's a chance Disney Animation has made another "more Pixar than Pixar" film. »
- Laremy Legel
The ad campaign for "Mortdecai," the new Johnny Depp comic caper film, is so befuddling, both opaque and overbearing, that a recent Vulture article spent several hundred words trying to decode what, exactly, the movie was and why the powers that be behind said movie were content with selling the project based on large photos of the very handsome cast (also included: Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor) sporting cartoonish mustaches. This is a shame, because the movie is an undeniably charming, frothy affair, a zippy, inventive, frequently funny international romp that recalls both the "Pink Panther" and "Austin Powers" franchises, while somehow being considerably stranger than either.
Depp plays the title character, a kind of bone-headed aristocratic art dealer who trades in stolen antiquities. At the beginning of the movie, he's trying to screw over some Chinese gangsters, since he's in deep debt with the British government and his »
- Drew Taylor
Since going mainstream in Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp has trawled for laughs with mixed results in big-budget fare like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger. The costume and make-up department has become ever more important in the process of transformation, and his ostentatious 'tache is even a running joke in knockabout caper Mortdecai. This is the last straw.
Depp is a gifted comic actor and the character of Charles Mortdecai, an eccentric art dealer (created by novelist Kyril Bonfiglioli), benefits from his particular brand of effete charm, but this is a performance formed entirely of mannerisms.
The comedy is broad and rather brash, except for Mortdecai's elaborate turn of phrase, peppered with twee English exclamations of "I say," "old boy" and »
Desperately seeking a “pretty movie stars chase art treasures in world capitals” vibe, this goofy soufflé ultimately falls flat
I admit to being a big fan of watching glamorous movie stars gadding around world capitols in the comedic pursuit of art treasures; I spent countless hours glued to the TV as a kid soaking in comic soufflés like “Charade” and “How to Steal a Million,” and I’ll even defend the much-maligned “Hudson Hawk” for its efforts to keep the genre alive in our modern, cynical era.
If only I could feel as charitable toward “Mortdecai,” a glamorous, jet-set fantasy »
- Alonso Duralde
Analysts didn’t see Clint Eastwood’s look at the life of Navy Seal Chris Kyle coming, so it’s hard to figure out just how massive the film will continue to be now that it faces off against new projects from Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp.
If “American Sniper” has a sophomore weekend drop-off like the kind of traditional summer blockbuster it mirrored when it kicked off with $107 million and change over the four-day period, it should pull in roughly $45 million. In a sign of its dominance, “American Sniper” will have the biggest second weekend of any January wide release in Fandango history.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “I don’t think »
- Brent Lang
Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lopez, two stars whose best box box office days appear behind them, will try to bounce back in new movies opening Friday. But with the record-breaking reigning champ “American Sniper” turning into a cultural phenomenon, they may have picked the wrong weekend.
Lopez is featured in Universal Pictures’ R-rated erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door” as a high school teacher who becomes the object of a young neighbor’s obsession after a one-night stand. Rob Cohen directs and Ryan Guzman, »
- Todd Cunningham
As Hollywood continues cutting a swath through classics of yesterday and today, revving up their reboot machine to run on the pulverized remains of your childhood, we all dream of a brief respite from seeing our favorite films turned into not-so-favorite ones for fun and profit. Now we might have some hope for at least one terrifying childhood classic: the prospective reboot of Gremlins might be placed on indefinite hold.
The Gremlins reboot has been in a questionable area for years now. Steven Spielberg was of a mind to produce the film, with Chris Columbus taking on directorial duties instead of Joe Dante, the original director of the first two Gremlins. Seth Grahame-Smith, the screenwriter behind Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was working on a new script that would bring us back to the world of Gremlins thirty years after the original. However, now Grahame-Smith seems to be »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Johnny Depp’s latest film, Mortdecai, looks like an absolute train wreck, and since Lionsgate has decided not to screen it for press we’ll all find out together this weekend if that initial assessment is valid. Well, some of you will find out — I’ll be skipping it because it looks like an absolute train wreck. Tim Burton also has a new film in theaters, and while it’s not quite wowing audiences it appears to be a step in the right direction after the disappointments of Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland. Depp’s career is a mixed bag of fantastic, awful and average films, and examples of each can be found in his eight collaborations with Burton. Most people tend to point to Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood as their best pairings, but I’m oddly partial to their 1999 gothic comedy, Sleepy Hollow. It’s one of Burton’s rare R-rated films and fully »
- Rob Hunter
Buzz about a potential "Beetlejuice 2" has been ongoing pretty much ever since the classic Tim Burton film first hit theaters in 1988. But now, with Burton confirming that a sequel is indeed in the works, it seems that the movie is actually, really, 100 percent happening -- and may begin production as early as this year.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"), who's co-writing the script and co-producing the flick with his "Dark Shadows" collaborator Burton, gave a status report on the project in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, and dished out a bunch of scoop about the follow-up.
First, Grahame-Smith confirmed what Burton had alluded to during a recent press tour for "Big Eyes": Winona Ryder will be back. And after publicly hinting that he'd be interested in the sequel, Michael Keaton is also on board, according to Grahame-Smith.
As for what the writer's script entails, »
- Katie Roberts
Hollywood has been threatening to remake Gremlins for years, and it came pretty close to happening last year when Warner Bros. hired Dark Shadows writer Seth Grahame-Smith to pen the script. The new movie "was a completely different cast of characters, but acknowledging the events of the first two movies," but luckily it looks like we won't have to worry about that happening any time soon. EW spoke to the writer, and he offered an update on the project:
“I think we just ran out of steam,” Grahame-Smith says. “It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven [Spielberg]'s making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy. We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”
So it sounds like the concept is dead...for now. I can't decide »
- Ben Pearson
'Beetlejuice 2' has been written with the hope Michael Keaton will return. The 63-year-old actor played the title role in the 1988 supernatural comedy, and the screenwriter for the movie's sequel, Seth Grahame-Smith, has now revealed he hopes it will feature the original star. Instead of the idea the film could be rebooted with a new cast, the 39-year-old writer admitted he is keen for the 'Batman' actor - who picked up the Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) Golden Globe on Sunday (11.01.15) for 'Birdman' - to return for the movie which will be set in the present day. Seth was employed by acclaimed director Tim Burton to pen the film's script after previously working with him on an adaptation of his book 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' as well as the script for 2012's 'Dark Shadows'. Choosing not to speak about the project in »
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