Grosses

'Focus' Lands $6.47M Opening Day; 'The Lazarus Effect' Nets $3.8MFebruary 28, 2015 02:35 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Warner Bros. reports that Focus earned an estimated $6.47 million for its opening day, easily taking first place on Friday. The Will Smith-Margot Robbie con artist flick debuted just under Limitless' $6.6 million first day back in 2011. Unfortunately, early word of mouth appears very mixed as the film received a "B" CinemaScore and sits at a 66 percent user rating on Rotten Tomatoes this morning (where critics disapprove even more at 56 percent). Still, the film's adult-skewing appeal could balance out some of the early complaints about the film throughout the weekend. BoxOffice is projecting an opening frame of $18.5 million.

Relativity's The Lazarus Effect debuted to $3.8 million on Friday as it claimed second place for the day, nearly 24 percent lower than last year's Oculus. The horror pic's early buzz isn't heading in the right direction, though: only 33 percent of Rotten Tomatoes users approve of the film so far, while critics have given it an even lower 14 percent. Given the natural tendency for horror pics to drop off quickly, expect the same here. BoxOffice projects a $9.2 million opening weekend.

Fifty Shades of Grey slid into third place yesterday with $3.5 million, down another 56.5 percent from last Friday. The erotic drama has taken in $140.3 million domestically through 15 days of release, putting it 8 percent ahead of the original Twilight. BoxOffice projects a $9.9 million third weekend.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to display strong holding power as it eased 41 percent from last Friday to $3.12 million in fourth place. The graphic novel adaptation has earned an impressive $77.1 million domestically to date, putting it 1 percent ahead of Daredevil and 31 percent ahead of Jumper through their same release points. Kingsman will also surpass the latter film's final domestic gross of $80.2 million over the weekend. Look for a weekend total around $10.8 million.

Filling out the top five yesterday was The DUFF, down just 50 percent from opening day last week to $2.14 million. The sleeper hit's 8-day total stands at just over $15 million, putting it 15 percent ahead of the pace of That Awkward Moment. BoxOffice projects a $6.5 million weekend.

Three well-received holdovers fought for space just outside the top five yesterday. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water dropped 47.5 percent to $2.11 million, giving it a strong $131.2 total thus far and setting it on course for an $8.9 million frame.

McFarland, USA was off just 45 percent from opening day last week to $1.99 million, bringing its 8-day total to $16.2 million (in line with Draft Day's $15.8 million sum through the same point) as the latest Kevin Costner sports drama eyes a $6.8 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, American Sniper added another $1.9 million (off just 30 percent from last Friday), giving it $325.3 million in all domestically. The blockbuster flick should land around $7 million this weekend, and is currently on pace to surpass The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 by next weekend to officially become 2014's highest grossing release.

Check BoxOffice on Sunday for official weekend estimates from the studios.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 13 - Sun, Nov. 15

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Waterboy$24,431,129-38%2,67511$9,133$63,845,8102Disney
2I Still Know What You Did Last Summer$16,520,038--2,443--$6,762$16,520,0381Sony / Columbia
3Meet Joe Black$15,017,995--2,503--$6,000$15,017,9951Universal
4The Siege$8,101,705-42%2,58241$3,138$22,032,9902Fox
5Antz$4,017,378-28%2,351-253$1,709$81,106,9737DreamWorks
6I'll Be Home for Christmas$3,898,293--1,759--$2,216$3,898,2931Disney
7Pleasantville$3,675,133-34%1,77312$2,073$25,003,5434New Line
8The Wizard of Oz (1998 re-issue)$3,269,630-39%1,8823$1,737$8,623,9412Warner Bros.
9Living Out Loud$2,606,522-40%1,0871$2,398$7,096,0143New Line
10Practical Magic$1,919,519-53%2,250-302$853$33,243,1875Warner Bros.