1. American Sniper – $64 million [2nd week; $200 million] Bradley Cooper and Director Clint Eastwood scored the biggest hits of their career with the second week of their pro-military film. Despite the rising controversy with the numerous inaccuracies of the film, audiences have shown they could care less. The film scored the eight-highest second best weekend tally ever.
2. The Boy Next Door – $15 million [debut week] – Jennifer Lopez’s latest film where she’s the big draw had a solid opening weekend, topping the $12 million debut of “The Back-Up Plan.” Lopez has never proven to be a major attraction with her films — her biggest hit was the 2002 romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan,” which earned $94 million off an $18 million opening weekend. “Boy” will probably have a significant drop-off next week though, but distributor Universal won’t have much to be concerned about considering the film was only budgeted for $4 million and has already made a very solid profit.
3. Paddington – $12 million [2nd week; $40 million] “Paddington” won over critics (it’s at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences have fallen for it too as it’s proven the family film to beat as it easily dispatched George Lucas’ “Strange Tails”
4. The Wedding Ringer – $11.6 million [2nd winner; $40 million] Kevin Hart’s latest is rolling along in its second weekend. It’s en route to Hart’s second film as a headliner that earns at least $50 million.
5. Taken 3 – $7.6 million [4th week; $76.1 million] While it seemed a bit unlikely a few weeks back, the third installment of the series looks like it could actually make it to $100 million.
Absolutely no one wanted any parts of Johnny Depp’s latest flop, “Mortdecai,” which looked awful in the trailers and only drummed up $4 million for Lionsgate. Have to wonder if Depp would have been better off begging Marvel Studios to play the lead in “Doctor Strange” as opposed to trying to attract audiences to yet another quirky character. It cost $60 million and may have trouble making back a third of its budget.