After such big hit opening weekends with Taken and American Sniper, we finally get a reminder of what January box office reports are SUPPOSED to look like. American Sniper continued to dominate the box office; pairing Oscar buzz and a weird Chik Fil A effect to stay at the top spot. Most of the new releases that it faced off with were not as well-received.
Sniper held the #1 spot with a bullet. The Eastwood helmed biopic only dropped ~28% from its record setting opener; netting $64M.
JLo opened with a decent $15M take relative to a $4M budget. Apparently despite lack of talent or quality, Ms. Lopez still has a fan base.
Other sophomore entries Paddington and Wedding Ringer came in next, earning $12M and $11.6M respectively.
Stinking up the joint were two people generally landing at the TOP of the box office charts; Johnny Depp and George Lucas.
Lucas’s Strange Magic was all newt and cattails, earning only ~$5.5M against an undisclosed (but surely hefty) animation budget. Apparently the strange magic didn’t have enough midichlorians!
Depp’s Mortdecai was equally weak with a little over $4M against a $60M budget. No word on how much of the budget went to mustache cream.