feb27.pngWarner Bros. reports that Focus once again claimed first place on Wednesday with $1.29 million, bringing its six-day domestic total to $23.35 million. The Will Smith/Margot Robbie con artist pic is running about 4.5 percent behind the pace of 2011's Limitless.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service continued to display its holding power with another $0.89 million in second place yesterday, off just 33 percent from the same day last week. The graphic novel adaptation has earned an excellent $88.8 million domestically so far, putting it 3.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2003's Daredevil. Kingsman is also quickly catching up to the pace of 2007's Ghost Rider as the former title now trails that flick by just 8 percent at the same point.

Fifty Shades of Grey held onto third with $0.81 million added to its haul on Wednesday, down 54 percent from last week. The adaptation's domestic tally stands at $150.05 million through 20 days of release, 6 percent ahead of where Twilight stood. Grey also eclipsed the $500 million global box office mark yesterday.

In fourth place, The Lazarus Effect posted $0.45 million on Wednesday. With $11.84 million in the bank through six days of release, the horror flick is pacing 21 percent behind last year's Oculus.

Filling out the top five, McFarland, USA added $0.43 million for a healthy 34 percent week-to-week drop. The Kevin Costner sports drama has tallied $23.6 million domestically thus far.

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Fifty Shades of Grey passed the $500 million mark ahead of the weekend, with $150 million grossed in North America and $352 million overseas. The film holds the highest ever opening for an R-rated title worldwide and is Universal's third biggest opening in history. 

Fifty Shades has topped the box office for two consecutive weekends in North America and its opening across 3,646 theaters marked the biggest R-rated roll out of all time based on theater count. Other domestic records include the highest February three-day weekend of all time, the highest Valentine's Day debut of all time (three day), the highest Valentine's Day opener of all time ($36.8M), and the biggest President's Day weekend opener of all time (four day). 

Overseas, the film is Universal's highest grossing R-rated film ever. It had the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated film ever and set a record as Universal's highest grossing day ever at the international box office on Saturday, February 13 with $55 million. The film opened No. 1 in 55 territories to date and has been No. 1 at the overseas box office for three consecutive weekends. 

 

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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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