×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘American Sniper’ Looking at Impressive $50 Million-Plus Weekend

Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has solidified its status as a smash hit, topping expectations with a second weekend heading for $50 million-plus at 3,705 sites.

Some early estimates pegged the second “Sniper” weekend at close to $60 million, which would leave the U.S. cume within hailing distance of $200 million. Warner Bros. offered a more cautious estimate in the high 40s, noting the unpredictability of Saturday’s numbers.

In any case, the Iraq War drama is showing impressive legs, with a decline of less than 50% following its record-setting wide opening over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekemd.

“Sniper” was so strong that it will probably triple the take of the next film on the chart — Jennifer Lopez’s thriller “The Boy Next Door.” And in a case of collateral damage, Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai” was dead on arrival with a dismal $6 million weekend for the Johnny Depp comedy, about half of what had been expected.

Warner Bros. “Sniper” continues to defy forecasters, who were projecting a weekend in the vicinity of $40 million. With $185 million banked by Sunday, it will have topped the U.S. total of all but 15 titles released last year, including “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at $177 million and “Gone Girl” at $168 million.

“Sniper” held up well in weekday showings with $9.9 million on Tuesday, $7.6 million on Wednesday and $7.7 million on Thursday, lifting its U.S. total to $135.8 million.

Universal’s “The Boy Next Door” was headed to a respectable $16 million at 2,602 sites including $500,000 at 1,869 locations in Thursday night showings. The Universal title, produced by Blumhouse, had been expected to bring in between $12 million to $15 million for its opening weekend.

The Weinstein Co.’s second weekend of talking-bear comedy “Paddington” was pegged to wind up at around $13 million, followed by Sony’s sophomore session of Josh Gad-Kevin Hart comedy “The Wedding Ringer” at about $11 million and Fox’s third weekend of “Taken 3” with $7 million.

Disney’s “Strange Magic,” a computer-animated film about goblins and elves produced by Lucasfilm, was battling “Mortdecai” for sixth place with about $6 million.

With “Sniper” racking up six Oscar nominations and dominating public discussion, the R-rated “Mortdecai” wasn’t able to generate any traction. The caper comedy, which carries a price tag of around $60 million, was beset by mostly negative reviews and Depp’s diminishing star power.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 'QT8: Quentin Tarantino, The First Eight'

    Film Review: 'QT8: Quentin Tarantino, The First Eight'

    In one of the intermittent revealing moments in “QT8: Quentin Tarantino, The First Eight,” a documentary about the films of Quentin Tarantino that’s like a familiar but tasty sundae for Quentin fans, we see Tarantino on the set of “Pulp Fiction,” shooting the iconic dance contest at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. As John Travolta and Uma [...]

  • Zombieland Double Tap

    Why Emma Stone Was Haunted by Fear of Vomiting While Shooting 'Zombieland: Double Tap'

    SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains a slight spoiler for “Zombieland: Double Tap.” The zombie slayers are back! Ten years after Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin first killed dead people walking in “Zombieland,” they’ve reunited for “Zombieland: Double Tap.” “You take stock of your life a little bit,” Stone says of [...]

  • Hereditary

    The Best Horror Films to Stream Right Now

    Good horror movies aren’t always easy to scare up, but with Halloween on the horizon, Variety has compiled a list of some of the best horror films available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. NETFLIX Apostle Cult horror meets religious hypocrisy in this creepy gothic thriller, which follows prodigal son Thomas Richardson, who returns home [...]

  • Brett Gelman

    'Stranger Things' Star Brett Gelman Joins Michael B. Jordan in 'Without Remorse'

    Brett Gelman, best known for his scene-stealing roles in “Fleabag,” “Stranger Things” and “Love,” has joined Michael B. Jordan in Paramount’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse.” Jamie Bell and Jodie Turner-Smith are also on board. Jordan is starring as operations officer John Clark, also known as John Terrence Kelly, a former Navy SEAL who [...]

  • US director Francis Ford Coppola holds

    Francis Ford Coppola Honored With Prestigious Lumiere Prize by Thierry Fremaux, Bong Joon Ho

    Francis Ford Coppola took the stage to claim the Lumière Festival’s lifetime achievement honor, the Lumière Prize, in a stirring celebration that marked the festival’s 10th edition on Friday night in Lyon, France. The four-time Academy Award winner accepted the prize after a series of video tributes, musical performances and testimonials from family, friends and [...]

  • 'Human Capital' Sells to Vertical Entertainment,

    Liev Schreiber, Maya Hawke's 'Human Capital' Sells Rights to DirecTV, Vertical Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

    Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have jointly acquired the North American distribution rights to “Human Capital,” an official selection of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival from director Marc Meyers. The film stars Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard, and Maya Hawke. The ensemble drama follows numerous interconnected stories surrounding a hit and run, [...]

  • Robert Zemeckis

    Robert Zemeckis in Talks to Direct Live-Action 'Pinocchio' for Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

    Robert Zemeckis is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action “Pinocchio.” Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz will produce through their company Depth of Field with Weitz penning the script. “Paddington” director Paul King had originally been tapped to direct but had to leave the project for unknown reasons at the beginning of the year. David [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content