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  • Will Smith’s Focus Leads Soft Weekend Box Office

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    Will Smith and Margo Robbie in Focus

    (From left) Will Smith and Margo Robbie star in Focus, which led the box office the weekend of 2/27/15.

    Is Will Smith’s box office draw starting to wane? That’s the main question being asked by industry analysts today after Smith’s latest feature took the top slot at the weekend box office, taking in $19.1 million, which was under the projected $21-23 million. The film’s debut, which co-starred rising Australian star Margo Robbie, made for Smith’s second-weakest opening weekend ever, behind Seven Pounds‘ $14.8 million.

    All in all, in a year where box office records are being smashed on a weekly basis, many analysts predicted this to be a slow weekend and the rough weather in the South and Midwest certainly did not help as the top twelve films brought in a meager $95.4 million collectively. In addition, this weekend also saw history being made as China’s box office totals for the month of February outpaced the US box office for the first time ever.

    The other big new release of the weekend, horror flick The Lazarus Effect also failed to make a major impact, bringing in only $10.6 million, trailing both 50 Shades of Grey and The Kingsmen. The latter film was able to leapfrog over 50 Shades to take the second spot in its third week of release.

    As this was the first box office weekend following the Oscars, winners Still Alice and Birdman both saw an upsurge in both ticket sales and theater expansions, as both films added roughly 500 and 800 new theaters respectively.

    The top ten films for the weekend of February 27 – March 1 are as follows.

    Focus $19,100,000
    The Kingsmen $11,750,000
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water $11,200,000
    Fifty Shades of Grey $10,927,000
    The Lazarus Effect $10,600,000
    McFarland, USA $7,797,000
    American Sniper $7,700,000
    The DUFF $7,150,000
    Still Alice $2,695,00
    Hot Tub Time Machine 2 $2,400,000

     

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    March 2, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4205

  • ’50 Shades of Grey’ Breaks Records at the Box Office, Not with Viewers

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    ’50 Shades of Grey’ breaks records at the Box Office. Viewers left not-so-impressed.

    50 Shades of Grey strategically had its official release date set for Valentine’s with Variety announcing the record breaking $94.4 million debut over the 4-days. The reviews, however, were not so generous.

    The verdict? You are either going to be “okay” with it or hate it. Critics and most viewers are leaning towards the latter with IMDb giving it an unimpressive 4/10, based on 61,686 votes. ‘Bubab2’, a reviewer on IMDb, summed it up in one sentence saying the issues included, “the cruddy screenplay, the corny dialogue, the ridiculous script, the highly improbable storyline.”

    There was a great deal of criticism on the much anticipated sex scenes too. Australian news anchor, Lisa Wilkinson, completely ripped into the movie, describing it as “domestic violence dressed up as erotica.” Ouch.

    They weren’t all negative. After much scrolling (lots of scrolling to be precise), we found a positive review, surprisingly, from a male viewer. “The movie becomes an intriguing roller-coaster of emotions, decisions, psychological struggle and compromises for both partners who both love each other and want each other,” says ‘mowglilp’. He was pleasantly surprise.

    Putting aside the downfalls mentioned by reviewers, it leads us to ponder the thought that maybe the book and people’s expectations were inflated prior to watching the film. We should also consider each person who had read the book created his or her own interpretation of the imagery. The scenes play out differently from what he or she created in their mind, consequently creating a huge anticlimax for the viewer (please, excuse the pun).

    It could also be that less effort was interjected into the production process, as film investors already knew they would be bringing in the numbers purely based on the books following. If that was indeed the case, their box-office numbers proved them right.

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    February 18, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Entertainment News • Views: 4327

  • 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: 4010

  • 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: 3905