Box Office: Another “Sniper” weekend, J.Lo opens well, Depp bombs

boxoffice“American Sniper” looks to have tallied another 50-$61 million this weekend, after yet another massive Friday. It’s a certified smash, a rare one in Clint Eastwood’s canon, and should have cleared $150-$175 by the end of its run.

“Wedding Ringer” is showing Kevin Hart’s box office heft — both it and “Paddington” should finish the weekend at about $35 million, total.

“The Boy Next Door” was crucified by critics, but Jennifer Lopez still has fans who show up for her movies. It will tally $14-15.3 by weekend’s end.

But “Mortdecai” is a massive flop for Johnny Depp, whose “Pirates” stardom rarely translates into hits, unless Tim Burton is involved. Under $5 million.

And Disney and George Lucas treated “Strange Magic” like it was radioactive. It’s not very good, though as proof of concept, the animation is “Avatar” level, even if the story is thin fantasy gruel. “Star Wars” visual references abound in this world of fairies, elves and goblins. It opened on over 3000 screens and barely registered on any of them. Under $2 million.

“Imitation Game” is turning into the biggest hit among the serious best picture contenders, lingering in the Top Ten. “Boyhood” and “Theory of Everything” are in the second ten, with “Cake,” in modest release. “Black Sea” and “Song One” did OK biz for films opening in a few dozen theaters each.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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