feb6wknd.pngAmerican Sniper moved back into first place on Wednesday as it eased 35 percent from last week to $1.47 million yesterday. The blockbuster biopic has taken in $286.2 million domestically thus far as it continues marching toward an inevitable finish as 2014's highest grossing film.

Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water grabbed $1.45 million yesterday as it inched down to second place. With $61.6 million in the bank through six days, the sequel is pacing an impressive 59 percent ahead of its 2004 predecessor heading into what promises to be a lucrative sophomore weekend.

Jupiter Ascending grossed $1.02 million yesterday in third place, giving the Wachowski film a six-day haul of $22.2 million. Unfortunately, the film is pacing in line with their 2008 adaptation of Speed Racer.

Seventh Son bagged $0.44 million on Wednesday, landing in fourth place. The adventure-fantasy film has pulled a disappointing $8.9 million through six days of release, 49 percent off the pace of R.I.P.D.

Rounding out the top five, The Imitation Game moved up one spot from Tuesday as it added $0.36 million, down just 22 percent from last Wednesday. The Oscar nominee has tallied $75.8 million domestically up to this point.


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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water took in $2.29 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. In the process the 3D animated live-action hybrid film surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday. The SpongeBob Movie was down 8 percent from Monday, though it should be noted that family films in general experienced daily percentage declines on Tuesday. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a strong $60.16 million in five days. That places the film a very impressive 71 percent ahead of the $35.26 million five-day start of 2004's The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie and 20.5 percent behind the $75.68 million five-day take of last year's The LEGO Movie.

Warner's American Sniper held steady in second place with $1.77 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was up 12 percent over Monday and down 39 percent from last Tuesday. American Sniper has grossed a massive $284.75 million after 26 days of wide release. That leaves the film just $15.25 million away from becoming the third release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Jupiter Ascending took in $1.53 million to remain in third. The expensive 3D sci-fi film from The Wachowskis starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis was up 19 percent over Monday. Jupiter Ascending surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed a very disappointing $21.20 million in its first five days. That places the film essentially on par with the $20.55 million five-day start of 2008's Speed Racer.

Seventh Son placed in fourth with $0.659 million. The long-delayed 3D fantasy film from Universal was up 21 percent over Monday. Seventh Son continues to perform on the low end of its very modest pre-release expectations with a five-day start of just $8.42 million. The film is currently running 47 percent behind the $15.97 million five-day take of 2013's R.I.P.D.

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fiftyshadeslongrange.pngLOS ANGELES - February 11, 2015 - "Fifty Shades of Grey" doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the "Harry Potter," "Hunger Games" and "Twilight" franchise movies, which currently dominate the list.

Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles (two days before release date), are:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009)

2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" (2011)

3. "The Hunger Games" (2012)

4. "Fifty Shades of Grey" (2015)

5. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" (2011)

"The worldwide phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey' is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as a date night for Valentine's weekend."

"Fifty Shades" is also on track to break more Fandango ticket sales records as the company's:
Top seller among all films released during Valentine's Day, beating, respectively, "Valentine's Day" (2010), "Safe Haven" (2013), "About Last Night" (2014) and "The Vow" (2012);
#1 February pre-seller, topping "The Lego Movie" (2014);
Biggest R-rated ticket-seller in the company's history.
"Fifty Shades" also tops Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, scoring an astounding 98 out of 100 points for its opening weekend, while "Kingsman: The Secret Service" is reaping an action-packed 80 points.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Fifty Shades" moviegoers on Fandango:
85% are already looking forward to the film adaptations of E L James' other books;
79% have read at least one of the novels;
78% are excited that "Fifty Shades" was directed by a woman (Sam Taylor-Johnson);
· 72% indicate the movie will be part of their Valentine's celebration plans;

· 40% will see the film with a significant other or a date; 33% will see it with a group of friends;

· Among the 33% who said they will see it with a group, 88% are making it part of a girls' night out.

Fandango is reporting hundreds of sold-out "Fifty Shades" showtimes across the country, while theater owners are continually adding new screens and posting new showtimes on Fandango to meet the fan demand.

About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.


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fiftyshadeslongrange.pngThe official release from MovieTickets.com:

Fifty Shades of Grey is apparently not just about a Girls Night Out at the movies. It's also a pretty hot date film with Valentine's Day (2/14) accounting for 42.3% of sales, Friday night (2/13) reaching 28.3%, and Thursday pre-shows (2/12) at 14.5%.

Fifty Shades of Grey is currently trending #1 at MovieTickets.com with 75% of all tickets sold by the company in the last 24 hours being for the film. For the most current data, be sure to check the company website's "Trending Now" feature found at www.movietickets.com. You can also follow the company on Twitter for updates as well: @MovieTickets.

Last week, MovieTickets.com, a leading global provider of remote movie ticketing, announced that the number of tickets sold by the company in January 2015 were up 37% over January 2014. The extraordinary first month figures are led by advance ticket sales of Fifty Shades of Grey and American Sniper.

MovieTickets.com has 250 theater chains in its group and provides ticketing services in 22 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. In the US, MovieTickets.com provides advance tickets to theater circuits and independent operators in all top 50 markets across 48 states.

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