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Box Office: ‘American Sniper’ Shoots for $62 Million, Johnny Depp’s ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

Mortdecai,” Johnny Depp’s latest film, is tanking at the U.S. box office.

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”). Depp’s two movies prior to “Lone Ranger,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Rum Diary,” underperformed as well.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor also star in “Mortdecai” — an adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novel “Don’t Point That Thing at Me” — from director David Koepp.

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Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is blowing the competition out of the water in its second weekend of wide release. The Iraq War drama made $18.3 million on Friday as it shoots for $62 million-plus this weekend — about four times more than second-place finisher “The Boy Next Door.”

If estimates hold, this would mark a decline of just 30% and raise the film’s U.S. cume to almost $200 million.

Warner Bros.’ “Sniper” wowed following a record-setting wide opening over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The biopic about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle doubled projections in the $42 million to $50 million range.

Universal’s “The Boy Next Door” launched to $5.7 million at the U.S. box office on Friday. The thriller will likely earn a respectable $15.6 million this weekend. The pic was produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse for a modest $4 million.

“The Wedding Ringer” brought in an estimated $3.3 million on Friday for a third place finish. The comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, is headed for a sophomore session of $11 million to $12 million, finishing the weekend in fourth. The Sony pic looks to earn just under $40 million by Sunday.

Last weekend, the film broke the record for the No. 1 R-rated comedy opening of all time in January.

The Weinstein Co.’s talking-bear comedy “Paddington” earned $3.4 million on Friday in its second weekend. It will likely make slightly less than $12.5 million this weekend, raising its total take to $40 million.

“Taken 3” rounded out the top five with $2 million on Friday. The Fox sequel is set to earn $7 million-plus by Sunday, crossing the $75 million mark in its third frame.

Another new release, Disney’s “Strange Magic,” was tenth on Friday, launching to $1.3 million. The animated pic produced by Lucasfilm is en route to a $5 million-plus weekend.

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