Well, it wasn’t exactly “Independence Day” or “Men in Black,” but “Focus” still easily won the weekend office.
After two weeks at the top of the charts, “Fifty Shades of Grey” took another huge 51 percent drop, good enough for fourth place. Don’t feel bad though, after 17 days, the movie has earned $147.8 million domestically and over $338 million overseas.
Replacing Fifty Shades at the top was Will Smith’s “Focus.” The heist drama opened to an estimated $19.1 million this weekend, well below the $27.5 million “After Earth” brought in during its opening weekend two years ago. But at least people aren’t mocking “Focus” they way “After Earth” continues to be mocked. I guess that counts as good news?
The audience for “Focus” was 53 percent female and 88 percent over the age of 25, and awarded the movie a so-so “B” CinemaScore. Add in the movie’s so-so reviews (56 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and it’s likely that “Focus” falls off a cliff over the next few weeks. If its lucky, “Focus” could get to $65 million domestically, but probably it won’t go much higher than that.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” took second place at the box office for the third weekend in a row. The comic book adaptation earned $11.75 million, bringing its 17-day domestic total to $85.7 million. Overseas, Kingsman has earned over $ 124 million. The film now appears on track to earn at least $100 million by the end of its run in the States.
In third place, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” added $11.2 million, which is down 32 percent from last weekend. The movie has now earned a solid $140.3 million total, and is on track to wrap up between $160 and $170 million.
Your top five Vulcan films this weekend:
1. Focus — $19.1 million
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $11.8 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $11.2 million
4. Fifty Shades of Grey — $10.9 million
5. The Lazarus Effect — $10.6 million