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  • SpongeBob Soars at Box Office while Jupiter Ascending Stalls

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    Spongbob Movie Out of Water posterEver-popular Nickelodeon character SpongeBob proved that he still has massive drawing power as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water topped the weekend box office with a whopping $56 million, easily dispensing with the weekend’s other big new releases, Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son.

    The troubled Jupiter Ascending, which was originally planned for a summer release before it was moved to February, is the third film in a row by The Matrix directors Andy and Lana Wachowski to fail to make an impact at the box office, bringing in $18 million. The film, which cost $179 million to produce, follows the directors’ Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer, which both flopped.

    Meanwhile, Legendary’s beleaguered Seventh Son lived up to analysts’ dismal projections bringing in only $7.2 million. The film, which stars Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges, cost $95 million to make.

    In contrast to the disappointing debuts of Jupiter and Son, American Sniper proved to still have very healthy legs, grabbing up $23.3 million in its fourth week of wide release, bringing its domestic total to $282.3 million, making it the third-highest grossing film of 2014 in the US.

    The top ten films for the weekend of February 6-8 are as follows.

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $55,365,012
    American Sniper $23,289,113
    Jupiter Ascending $18,372,372
    Seventh Son $7,217,640
    Project Almanac $5,232,672
    Paddington $5,220,940
    The Wedding Ringer $4,719,532
    The Imitation Game $4,687,391
    Black or White $4,537,267
    The Boy Next Door $4,111,835
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    February 10, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4883

  • Weekend Round-up: American Sniper Keeps Shooting and Sundance Awards Announced

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    Scene from American Sniper with Bradlety CooperJanuary continued to be a month full of box office excitement and big movie news as the month wrapped up with American Sniper coming in first place at the box office for the third week in a row since its debut, picking up $31.8 million and setting a new Super Bowl weekend record. Overall, it was a tough weekend for new films, with Paddington edging out new film Project Almanac for second place with $8.5 million. The other major two new films failed to make a major dent in the box office with the Kevin Costner vehicle Black or White coming in at fourth place with $6.5 million and The Loft rounding out the top ten with $2.9 million.

    In other news this weekend, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up over a week of premiers, deals, and gossip with its annual award ceremony hosted by comedian Tig Notaro. Nabbing both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for drama was the coming-of-age film Me & Earl & the Dying Girl. The unique and powerful The Wolfpack, which tells the story of a family of six siblings whose only connection to the outside world comes through film, picked up the U.S. grand jury prize for a documentary while Robert Eggers won the directing award for his film The Witch. To see the full list of winners from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, please click here.

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    February 2, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4477

  • American Sniper Holds Strong at Box Office

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    Crushing its competition, American Sniper was the number one movie in America for the second weekend in a row. Clint Eastwood’s film brought in over $64 million gross, beating out the second-highest grossing film of the weekend by wide margin.

    Taking second place The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez. The film grossed just over $15 million, putting it well over $49 million behind Sniper.

    While this represents a 27.9% drop in gross proceeds for American Sniper from the previous weekend, this is actually the smallest decrease in sales for any film that opened with earnings of over $85 million (the film grossed over $89 million in its opening weekend).

    The film is riding a boost from its Academy awards nominations. And it is on pace to becoming the highest-earning war film of all time. It is likely to beat out 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, even adjusting for inflation.

    In its domestic opening, Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai didn’t fare so well. The film debuted in ninth place, bringing in just over $4 million. This marks yet another poor performance for a Depp film and is becoming somewhat of a trend.

    The top ten grossing films of the weekend below:

    American Sniper $64,365,000
    The Boy Next Door $15,001,000
    Paddington $12,391,000
    The Wedding Ringer $11,600,000
    Taken 3 $7,600,000
    The Imitation Game $7,136,000
    Strange Magic $5,534,000
    Selma $5,500,000
    Mortdecai $4,125,000
    Into the Woods $3,886,000
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    January 27, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4932