It was another incredible weekend at the box office for what’s already become the biggest movie of 2015, and which could go on to the sort of success usually reserved for summer blockbusters or Mel Gibson movies about Jesus. Here’s what went down:
The magic number for American Sniper this weekend was $64 million. That’s how much the Bradley Cooper-starring film grossed in its second weekend, bringing the film’s two week total to an astounding $200 million. Whether you’re on board with the subject matter or not, clearly the film has captured the imagination of filmgoers in North America. The question now isn’t whether American Sniper will hit $300 million; it’s just how long.
As for the rest of the top five, none of the films came even close to American Sniper. Debuting in second with $15 million was the Jennifer Lopez thrill, The Boy Next Door. Paddington was in third place with $13 million, with The Wedding Ringer in fourth with $11.6 million. Closing things off in fifth was Taken 3 with $7 million.
As for Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai, the film was DOA, landing in 9th place with just $4 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) American Sniper – $55 million
2) The Boy Next Door – $20 million
3) Paddington – $15 million
4) The Wedding Ringer – $12 million
5) Mortdecai – $9 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) American Sniper – $64 million
2) The Boy Next Door – $15 million
3) Paddington – $13 million
4) The Wedding Ringer – $11.6 million
5) Taken – $7 million
Next weekend sees no major releases, which should keep things clear for American Sniper’s rule. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.