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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, »
For a good long while, Johnny Depp had a firm grasp on the strange elixir that is Hollywood mojo. He was who you went to when you needed gothic cheekbones, zanily self-aware camp, and even leftfield hunkiness. And when he blended them all, as Captain Jack Sparrow, he was that most valuable asset of all – someone who could turn base studio metal into box-office gold.
But with the release of Mortdecai, that mojo is draining away fast. The comedy caper only made $4.1m over the weekend in the Us, the worst opening for a major Depp film in 15 years, and it follows a string of flops: Transcendence ($23m in the Us »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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
Depp’s latest exercise in cinematic oddities, “Mortdecai,” left audiences cold, earning a paltry $4.1 million across 2,648 locations and coming in ninth on box office charts. It’s an embarrassing performance for a star of his caliber and comes on the heels of box office disasters such as “The Lone Ranger” and “Transcendence.”
“Something needs to click soon,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s a couple of misses in a row and that always stings.”
“Mortdecai” cost $60 million to make and was backed by OddLot Entertainment and released by Lionsgate. It had been expected to gross in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Much of the Sunday afternoon box office quarterbacking will center on Depp’s deflating career, but “American Sniper’s” endurance was the true stunner. »
- Brent Lang
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 <email@example.com>
Director: David Koepp
Run Time: 107 minutes
Synopsis: An eccentric art dealer Charles Mortdecai (Depp), with the unknowing help of his wife Joanna (Paltrow) must help the British Government find a rare stolen painting, while being supervised by the leader of the case, Alistair Martland (McGregor).
Name the last good Johnny Depp you saw, I bet you it takes a while. In the past couple of years, Johnny Depp’s creditability has proven to not be as resourceful as it used to be. Last year’s Transcendence was a huge disappointment, The Lone Ranger was so bad, Disney spilt up with Jerry Bruckheimer and the less said about The Rum Diary, the better. So Depp is now trying to restore his creditability in new film Mortdecai. This looks like a very promising film, a great cast, »
- Sean Narborough
This painfully unfunny spoof of teddibly British nonsense couldn’t be less amusing if it were actually calculated to be totally laugh-free. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was dire
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The strained desperation wafting off Mortdecai is as stinky as… Well, there’s one scene in this painfully unfunny and wildly unfocused spoof of teddibly British nonsense in which the attempt at humor revolves around whether Ewan McGregor’s (A Million Ways to Die in the West, Jack the Giant Slayer) suave MI5 agent will eat a piece of fetid cheese he has been offered to accompany his glass of port — haha! smelly English cheese! — while Johnny Depp’s (Transcendence, The Lone Ranger) shady art dealer and dead-broke aristocrat Lord Charlie Mortdecai regales him with an anecdote about a fart; haha! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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
Baby in carrier, check. Work in progress, check. Armie Hammer seems to have all bases covered! The Lone Ranger actor recently made his activity-juggling social media debut when his actress wife, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, shared this totally charming Instagram photo captioned, "Baby bouncing and script reading. Multitasking at its finest! Couldn't love these two more." The acting duo first welcomed their daughter, Harper, to the world on Dec. 1 of last year and it looks as if the Hammers are happier than ever. After exchanging vows in 2010, the actor and TV host spent nearly four years in marital bliss before expanding their gorgeous, genetically blessed family into a »
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
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