So much good news about “American Sniper” — heading to $250 million this weekend at the domestic box office. Biggest hit of Clint Eastwood’s career. A real bonanza for Warner Bros.
But then: Universal has yanked Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” basically from all but 236 theaters. It had been in 2,568. It’s the 6th biggest drop in history for a third week film.
And no one knows where Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” is. Lions Gate didn’t give box office results for Friday night. It’s probably being quietly euthanized as we speak.
The “Blackhat” situation is more dire than the “Mortdecai” episode. Mann is a serious filmmaker. He’ll come back in a big way. But this has to be a blow to him.