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By Daniel Garris

Warner's Focus took in $1.86 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was up a healthy 23 percent over Monday's performance. Focus has grossed $22.06 million in five days. That is slightly below pre-release expectations and places the film a lackluster 31 percent behind the $31.91 million five-day take of 2013's After Earth.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service held steady in second place with $1.17 million. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth was up a strong 25 percent over Monday and down 38 percent from last Tuesday. Kingsman has grossed a stronger than expected $87.94 million in 19 days and is currently on pace to surpass the $90 million mark on Friday.

Fifty Shades of Grey took in $0.980 million to remain in third. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was up 13 percent over Monday and down a sharp 57 percent from last Tuesday. While it's proving to be very front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed a very strong $149.24 million in 19 days and will reach the $150 million mark either today or Thursday.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was up one spot and 20 percent over Monday to place in fourth on Tuesday with $0.619 million. Paramount's successful 3D animated film was down just 31 percent from last Tuesday. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations with $141.07 million through 26 days of release.

The Lazarus Effect was down one spot from Monday to land in fifth place with $0.616 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film from Relativity increased a modest 8 percent over Monday. The Lazarus Effect has grossed $11.39 million in five days. That is slightly below expectations and places the film 19 percent behind the $14.09 million five-day start of last year's Oculus.

Disney's McFarland, USA continued to claim sixth place with $0.604 million. The well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner was up a solid 19 percent over Monday, but also down 42 percent from last Tuesday. McFarland, USA continues to perform on the very high end of expectations with $23.13 million through twelve days of release.

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Boca Raton, FL and Knoxville, TN -- MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, has entered into an agreement with Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the motion picture exhibitor operating the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States. Through the deal, MovieTickets.com will offer its ticketing solutions across all 572 Regal Cinemas theaters with 7,356 screens, including its three main brands: Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres, and United Artists Theatres.

"Our new relationship with Regal, the largest theatre circuit in the United States, establishes MovieTickets.com as the leader in the advance movie ticketing category, based on both screen count and number of movie theater chains served," said Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com. "The addition of over 7,300 screens significantly boosts our footprint in the domestic marketplace and magnifies the opportunities for us on a much broader scale."

"Regal is excited about our relationship with MovieTickets.com," said Dave Doyle, CIO at Regal Entertainment Group. "Our partnership with MovieTickets.com means greater access to the magic of movie-going at Regal and added convenience for our customers."

In a joint statement, MovieTickets.com Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen Shari Redstone and Mitchell Rubenstein, said, "We could not be prouder to join forces with a leading exhibitor of Regal's caliber and offer moviegoers around the nation unparalleled ticketing choices and services. As the founders of MovieTickets.com, it's especially meaningful to see us take a leadership position with such a significant addition."

MovieTickets.com will begin deployment of its service across Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres and United Artists Theatres today, with the roll-out continuing through the end of this month. With the addition of these theaters, MovieTickets.com will be providing advance movie ticketing to over 28,000 screens worldwide, becoming the largest online advance movie ticketing platform in the world.

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February's domestic box office closed out over $763.5 million, marking a 9 percent improvement over the same month last year. It also represents the third best February on record behind 2012 ($818.3 million) and 2009 ($770.2 million).

To no surprise, Fifty Shades of Grey was the month's top grossing flick as it rang up $145 million in its first 16 days of release. The first adaptation of the popular book series claimed the biggest February opening weekend in history with an $85.2 million 3-day bow, as well as the President's Day weekend record with just over $93 million in that extended 4-day frame.

In addition, Grey posted the fourth highest debut ever for an R-rated pic (trailing only The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, and The Hangover Part II). For distributor Universal, it was their largest opening weekend in history outside of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Arguably almost as impressive, though, were two other February releases. Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water blew away expectations with its $55.4 million opening weekend earlier in the month -- 73 percent higher than its 2004 predecessor. That well-received sequel has gone on to prove leggy as it accounted for $136.6 million through the end of the month.

The other standout performer has proven to be Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service. Its early international release and positive reviews complemented a solid marketing campaign in North America, leading to perfect counter-programming over the Valentine's/President's Day weekend and very healthy word of mouth ever since. The graphic novel adaptation continues director Matthew Vaughn's winning streak in the genre following X-Men: First Class and the original Kick-Ass. The stylized tribute, and often send-up, to spy movies bowed to $36.2 million and totaled a strong $82.6 million through February 28.

Kingsman has an excellent shot at topping the $102.5 million final domestic haul of 2003's Daredevil, with an outside chance at approaching Ghost Rider's $115.8 million back in 2007 (both of those comic book properties similarly opened over President's Day weekend).

Meanwhile, blockbuster holdover American Sniper added $85.4 million to its massive run. That film's total domestic gross stood at $328.9 million through the final day of the month, and will overtake both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ($336.7 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($333.2 million) as 2014's top earner before this coming weekend is up.

Other notable performers in February included Paddington's continued legs, positive word of mouth for modest opener McFarland, USA, The Imitation Game's strong awards season run, and The DUFF's sleeper-like success. Below you'll find February's top ten calendar grosses, including new releases and holdovers.

Year-to-date, 2015 remains 11 percent ahead of last year's $1.77 billion total box office earned through the first two months. As with January's and February's monthly grosses, that makes 2015's YTD haul the third highest ever behind 2010 ($1.81 billion) and 2009 ($1.79 billion).

Looking ahead, March promises to continue the year-over-year improvement with a new high profile film set for release every weekend this month. Neill Blomkamp's Chappie is tracking to open well (around the $20 million mark) over the March 6 frame thanks to strong interest from young males and fans of the filmmaker's District 9 and Elysium. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is also poised to benefit from its predecessor's goodwill over the coming weekend, while Unfinished Business is expected to debut modestly.

The weekend of March 13 brings Disney's latest potential hit in Cinderella, which should build on the studio's incredible success in revitalizing various fairy tale stories (Into the Woods, Maleficent, Frozen, Oz the Great and PowerfulAlice in Wonderland) in recent years, as well as the Liam Neeson-Ed Harris thriller, Run All Night.

Later in the month, March 20 brings the sequel to Divergent, dubbed The Divergent Series: Insurgent, as well as the Christian-themed Do You Believe? and The Gunman. The final weekend of the month will see comedy superstars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up for Get Hard. DreamWorks' Home opens over that same frame.

The average March over the past five years has yielded $817 million in ticket sales. We think that figure's attainable given the variety of appealing options moviegoers will have on top of February's holdovers.

February 2015's Top 10 Box Office Performers

1. Fifty Shades of Grey ($145 million, 16 days)
2. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($136.6 million, 23 days)
3. American Sniper ($85.4 million, 28 days)
4. Kingsman: The Secret Service ($82.6 million, 16 days)
5. Jupiter Ascending ($42.5 million, 23 days)
6. Paddington ($21.1 million, 28 days)
7. McFarland, USA ($19.8 million, 9 days)
8. The Imitation Game ($19.3 million, 28 days)
9. The DUFF ($18.3 million, 9 days)
10. Seventh Son ($16.6 million, 23 days)

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's Focus took in $1.52 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. In the process the romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie surpassed the $20 million mark on Monday. Focus was down 67 percent from Sunday and has grossed $20.20 million in four days. That is slightly below pre-release expectations and places the film a lackluster 32 percent behind the $29.58 million four-day take of 2013's After Earth.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service claimed second place with $0.939 million. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth held up nicely on Monday as it was down 71 percent from Sunday and down 35 percent from last Monday. Kingsman has grossed a stronger than expected $86.77 million in 18 days and is currently on pace to surpass the $90 million mark on Friday.

Fifty Shades of Grey placed in third with $0.864 million. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was down just 63 percent from Sunday, but was also down a sizable 53 percent from last Monday. While it's proving to be very front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed a very strong $148.26 million in 18 days. That leaves the film just $1.74 million away from reaching the $150 million mark.

It was a tight race for spots four through seven on Monday, as fourth place and seventh place were separated by just $65,789.

The Lazarus Effect finished in fourth with $0.568 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film from Relativity was down 72 percent from Sunday. The Lazarus Effect has grossed $10.77 million in four days. While the film is performing slightly below expectations it is also off to a solid start with its low production budget in mind. The Lazarus Effect is running 17 percent behind the $12.95 million four-day take of last year's Oculus.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water rounded out Monday's top five with $0.514 million. Paramount's successful 3D animated film was down 85 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 28 percent from last Monday. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations with $140.46 million through 25 days of release.

McFarland, USA followed very closely behind in sixth place with $0.509 million. The well received sports drama starring Kevin Costner fell 77 percent from Sunday and a slim 29 percent from last Monday. McFarland, USA is displaying very solid holding power thus far and continues to perform on the very high end of expectations with $22.53 million in eleven days.

Warner's American Sniper took seventh with $0.502 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film decreased 73 percent from Sunday and 40 percent from last Monday. American Sniper has grossed a massive $331.30 million to date and is now on the verge of surpassing the $336.74 million current total gross of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 to become the highest grossing release of 2014 domestically.

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