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Battle at the Box Office 1/26

By Zach

AMERICAN SNIPER

American Sniper remained a juggernaut at the box office this weekend, scoring another $64 million and expanding to the largest number of theaters ever for an R rated movie, the movie has already made over $200 million and could become the highest grossing movie of 2014, since it technically came out on Christmas Day.

The Boy Next Door took second and was the best performing of the new movies.  It made $15 million, up from J.Lo’s last starring role, The Back Up Plan.

Paddington stayed at third with another $12 million and putting it over $40 million for it’s two weeks out.

The Wedding Ringer and Taken 3 rounded out the the top 5.

Strange Magic, “From the mind of George Lucas”, was dumped by Disney into theaters and it had one of the worst ever animated openings of all time, with $5.53 million.  It joins such esteemed company as Hoodwinked Too and Happily N’ever After.

Mortdecai also bombed horribly with a measly $4 million, not even half of what the awful Transcendence made on it’s opening weekend last year.  For Johnny Depp, it’s one of his lowest openings of all time, below The Rum Diaries and The Ninth Gate.

Last week’s disaster, Blackhat, fell to fifteenth place from tenth in it’s second week, making only another $1.6 million and, if the theater I work at on the weekend is any indication, it could potentially be gone from a bunch of theaters this coming weekend.

 

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