Well, looks like it's going to take some real work for me to popularize my catchphrase, "That's as hot as the David Koepp action-comedy Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp!" The only film brave enough to wipe off Depp's pancake makeup, so that the mustache spirit gum would stick, opened at a miserable $4.1 million--well behind even such rival, awful-looking new releases as George Lucas's "Epic" as a Jukebox Musical and J.Lofetime Original Movie. American Sniper, meanwhile, continue to kill it (with moral ambiguity) with one of the biggest second weekends ever. Since it opened in a few locations before the new year, it's now on track to beat out Mockingjay, Part 1 to become the biggest domestic release of 2014.
Here's the weekend box office:
1. American Sniper - $64.4 million
2. The Boy Next Door - $15 million
3. Paddington - $12.4 million
4. The Wedding Ringer - $11.6 million
5. Taken 3 - $7.6 million
Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]