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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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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water took in $2.50 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D animated live-action hybrid film was down 85 percent from Sunday. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations in a very big way with a strong $57.87 million in four days. That places the film a very impressive 72 percent ahead of the $33.56 million four-day start of 2004's The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie and 20 percent behind the $72.54 million four-day take of last year's The LEGO Movie. Family films typically hold up well over Presidents Day weekend, so odds are strong that The SpongeBob Movie will hold up well over the next week, especially with no new family films being released this coming weekend.

Warner's American Sniper took second place with $1.59 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. American Sniper has grossed a massive $282.98 million after 25 days of wide release. That leaves the film just $17.02 million away from becoming the third release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Jupiter Ascending claimed third place with $1.29 million. The expensive 3D sci-fi film from The Wachowskis starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis fell 71 percent from Sunday. Jupiter Ascending has grossed a very disappointing (but for the most part expected) $19.67 million in its first four days. That places the film essentially on par with the $19.64 million four-day start of 2008's Speed Racer.

Seventh Son placed in fourth with $0.546 million. The long-delayed 3D fantasy film from Universal was down 72 percent from Sunday. Seventh Son continues to perform on the low end of its very modest pre-release expectations with a four-day start of just $7.76 million. The film is currently running 45 percent behind the $14.16 million four-day take of 2013's R.I.P.D.

The Imitation Game rounded out Monday's top five with $0.393 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company continues to hold up very well as it was down 66 percent from Sunday and down only 11 percent from last Monday. The Imitation Game has grossed $74.94 million to date and will surpass the $75 million mark today.

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Spidey is swinging his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The world's favorite web-slinger is sure to recapture some of the magic it lost since Marc Webb relaunched the franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Let's face it folks, Spider-Man is prime super-hero real estate and Sony couldn't afford letting the property fall any further behind in terms of box office numbers. The new collaboration will bring Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige on as producer of the next installment in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise alongside Amy Pascal. The character will also be making its first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS MARVEL STUDIOS INTO THE AMAZING WORLD OF SPIDER-MAN

New Spider-Man Will Appear First in an Upcoming Marvel Film Within Marvel's Cinematic Universe

Marvel's Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal


(Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man - who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books - could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel's world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU.

Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: "Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world. We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building."

"We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans."

"Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future," added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

"I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world's most beloved characters. Marvel's involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years."

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water surprised in a big way this weekend with a very strong debut of $55.37 million. The 3D animated live-action hybrid film based on the long running animated series blew past pre-release expectations. The film opened 73 percent stronger than the $32.02 million debut of 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened just 20 percent below the $69.05 million start of last year's The LEGO Movie, which was certainly unexpected. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water delivered the fifth largest opening weekend ever for the month of February (behind only 2004's The Passion of the Christ, The LEGO Movie, 2001's Hannibal and 2010's Valentine's Day).

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened with $14.91 million on Friday, increased a healthy 62 percent on Saturday to gross $24.09 million and declined 32 percent on Sunday to take in $16.37 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.71 to 1. That was noticeably stronger than the 3.35 to 1 ratio of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The film did receive a so-so B rating on CinemaScore, though younger moviegoers under the age of 18 (who made of 50 percent of the film's audience) did give the film an A- score. With no real competition for family audiences throughout the month of February, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water should be able to hold up much better going forward than The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie did back in 2004.

After leading the box office for the past three weeks, Warner's American Sniper fell to second place this weekend with $23.29 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down just 24 percent from last weekend's performance, which was obviously deflated by the Super Bowl. This weekend's hold for American Sniper was especially impressive given that the film lost its IMAX screens to Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son. American Sniper has grossed a massive $281.39 million after 24 days of wide release. That ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically and leaves the film just $18.61 million away from reaching the $300 million domestic milestone.

Fellow Warner Bros. release Jupiter Ascending debuted in third place with $18.37 million. The expensive 3D sci-fi film from The Wachowskis starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis debuted on the lower end of already relatively modest expectations. Jupiter Ascending was originally scheduled to open last July, but pushing the film back to February ultimately made little difference at the box office and likely even hurt the film's potential a bit. The opening weekend performance of Jupiter Ascending was quite similar to the $18.56 million start of 2008's Speed Racer.

Jupiter Ascending opened with $6.33 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.0 million from evening shows on Tuesday), increased 20 percent on Saturday to take in $7.57 million and declined 41 percent on Sunday to gross $4.47 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. Jupiter Ascending received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to be significantly front-loaded due in part to fans of The Wachowskis rushing out on opening weekend. The audience breakdown for Jupiter Ascending skewed heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (82 percent) and towards male moviegoers (57 percent).

While Jupiter Ascending at least had a presence at the box office this weekend, Universal's Seventh Son didn't. The pricey and long delayed fantasy film (which was originally to be released by Warner Bros.) stumbled out of the gate with a fourth place debut of $7.22 million. Seventh Son debuted on the low end of expectations and represents yet another early 2015 release that audiences simply had no interest in (joining the likes of Blackhat, Mortdecai and Strange Magic). It should be noted that Seventh Son has had much more of a box office presence overseas.

Seventh Son opened with $2.29 million on Friday, increased 31 percent on Saturday to gross $3.00 million and fell 36 percent on Sunday to gross $1.93 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.16 to 1. Like Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son also received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (68 percent) and towards male moviegoers (61 percent).

Project Almanac rounded out the weekend's top five with $5.23 million. The low budget sci-fi thriller from Paramount was down just 37 percent from last weekend. Despite the nice second weekend hold, Project Almanac is still performing below pre-release expectations with a ten-day start of $15.66 million.

Paddington followed very closely behind in sixth with $5.22 million. The family film from The Weinstein Company was also down 37 percent from last weekend, which represented a very solid hold, especially given the stronger than expected launch of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Paddington has grossed $57.12 million through 24 days of release.

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BoxOffice.com projects that American Sniper, which received a platform release starting on December 25, 2014, will end up with $360 million-$365 million during its domestic run--an impressive tally that will be more than enough to push Sniper past The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, 2014's current leader, which has earned $335.7 million since opening last November. (Looking strictly at grosses during the calendar year, Guardians of the Galaxy would be the champ with $328.1 million).

Without adjusting for inflation, director Clint Eastwood's most successful film before Sniper was Gran Torino with $148.1 million. Unforgiven's $101 million tally in 1992 would equal roughly $200 million when adjusting for inflation. 

Sniper won't be the first war movie to achieve this distinction. 1998's Saving Private Ryan was the most successful domestic earner released that year with $216.3 million, or $373.6 million adjusted. 

 

 

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