Grosses

'Focus' Leads Lackluster Frame with $19.1M; 'The Lazarus Effect' Debuts in Fifth with $10.6MMarch 01, 2015 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Warner's Focus debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $19.1 million. However, the romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie did perform slightly below pre-release expectations. Focus opened a lackluster 31 percent below the $27.52 million start of 2013's After Earth, though it should be noted that Focus was far less expensive than After Earth and will likely hold up significantly better than After Earth did after opening weekend. With that said, the debut of Focus further suggests that Smith's drawing power at the box office is nowhere near the level it once was.

Focus debuted with $6.47 million on Friday (which included an estimated $900,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $7.66 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to claim $4.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a very solid 2.95 to 1 (though it should be noted that Friday's grosses were deflated a bit in general by winter weather in parts of the country). The film received a respectable B rating on CinemaScore. The audience breakdown for Focus skewed towards female moviegoers (53 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (88 percent).

Focus took in $2.08 million from IMAX locations, which represented 10.9 percent of the film's overall gross this weekend.

It was a tight race for places two through five this weekend, as second place and fifth place were separated by just an estimated $1.15 million.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service took in an estimated $11.75 million to claim second place for a third consecutive weekend. The Matthew Vaughn directed graphic novel adaptation starring Colin Firth was down a very solid 36 percent from last weekend. Kingsman: The Secret Service continues to inch closer to the $100 million domestic mark with a stronger than expected 17-day take of $85.69 million. That places the film an impressive 52.5 percent ahead of the $58.82 million 17-day gross of 2010's Red.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held steady in third place this weekend with an estimated $11.2 million. Thanks in part to facing no new direct competition from family audiences, Paramount's 3D animated film stabilized nicely this weekend, as it was down 32 percent from last weekend. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations with a strong 24-day take of $140.32 million and is running 32 percent ahead of the $106.34 million 24-day take of 2011's Rango.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fifty Shades of Grey fell three spots to land in fourth place with an estimated $10.93 million. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was down a sharp 51 percent from last weekend, but showed relative signs of stabilization after last weekend's massive percentage decline. While it's proving to be very front-loaded, Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed a very strong $147.76 million in 17 days, which places it a sizable 48 percent ahead of the $99.92 million 17-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day.

The Lazarus Effect debuted in fifth place with an estimated $10.6 million. The low-budget PG-13 rated horror film from Relativity had been widely expected to open slightly higher, but was still off to a solid start this weekend given its cost. It should also be noted that online activity levels before the film's release were soft by horror film standards. The Lazarus Effect opened 12 percent below the $12.01 million start of Relativity's Oculus last April.

The Lazarus Effect opened with $3.8 million on Friday (which included an estimated $350,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 15.5 percent on Saturday to take in $4.39 million and is estimated to decline 45 percent on Sunday to gross an estimated $2.41 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.79 to 1, which is very promising for a horror film. On the other hand, The Lazarus Effect received a C- rating on CinemaScore, which isn't the greatest early sign (even by horror film standards).

Disney's McFarland, USA held up very nicely in its second weekend, as it was down just 29 percent to place in sixth with an estimated $7.79 million. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner continues to perform on the high end of expectations with $21.98 million in ten days. That places the film 13.5 percent ahead of the $19.36 million ten-day take of last year's Draft Day (which fell 42 percent in its second weekend to gross $5.71 million). This weekend's hold is a strong sign for McFarland, USA going forward.

Warner's American Sniper continued to hold up very well this weekend with an estimated seventh place take of $7.7 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down a slim 23 percent from last weekend. American Sniper has grossed a massive $331.11 million to date and is now on the verge of surpassing the $336.71 million current total gross of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 to become the highest grossing release of 2014 domestically.

The DUFF also held up well this weekend with an estimated eighth place gross of $7.15 million. The low-budget PG-13 comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate was down 34 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start. The DUFF continues to exceed expectations with $20.05 million in ten days. That places the film 21 percent ahead of the $16.55 million ten-day take of last year's That Awkward Moment (which fell 40 percent in its second weekend to gross $5.24 million).

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$29,982,180-5%3,615--$8,294$61,592,5471Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$13,102,208126%3,925--$3,338$18,906,3371Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,927,366141%4,1649$2,624$124,522,6532Disney
4Bridesmaids$4,674,985120%2,95821$1,580$73,281,5403Universal
5Thor$2,483,793162%3,296-628$754$152,843,0964Paramount
6Fast Five$1,803,505191%2,981-641$605$191,212,6055Universal
7Something Borrowed$547,115144%1,440-1166$380$33,461,4414Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$521,547120%1,918-946$272$26,083,8283Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$416,239168%1,672-921$249$133,457,5137Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$474,261198%939-533$505$32,755,3274Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$292,122129%794-1100$368$53,621,5876Fox
3Soul Surfer$109,473217%401-583$273$40,998,4958Sony / TriStar
4Rango$90,621149%280-22$324$121,446,49213Paramount
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$90,128170%359-553$251$52,053,0386Lionsgate
6Source Code$89,499343%299-78$299$53,199,9879Summit
7Everything Must Go$67,784129%161-84$421$1,891,2023Roadside Attractions
8Limitless$61,861100%269-88$230$78,299,16711Relativity Media
9Hanna$58,768102%216-63$272$39,368,2908Focus
10HOP$56,810201%299-55$190$107,338,2159Universal
11Insidious$47,039211%186-315$253$52,618,2939FilmDistrict
12The Lincoln Lawyer$46,902167%166-92$283$56,646,27111Lionsgate
13Jane Eyre (2011)$43,61255%143-65$305$10,539,56312Focus
14Win Win$42,22199%124-78$340$9,492,90611Fox Searchlight
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$42,102161%214-39$197$51,988,59210Fox
16The Conspirator$35,880131%137-132$262$11,035,6677Roadside Attractions
17Scream 4$32,859330%26156$126$37,791,2137Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$30,32598%109-59$278$689,8734Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$13,518-26%203-439$67$9,396,3285Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$120,130--4--$30,033$120,1301Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$76,849-3%47-3$1,635$5,716,7638Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$26,9016%30-4$897$25,159,32163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$24,749105%77-160$321$32,879,5958Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$13,564--96-74$141$83,497,15012Sony / Columbia
6The King's Speech$4,02125%18-22$223$138,766,74827Weinstein Company
735 and Ticking$2,993101%60$499$40,6612Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$2,013138%10-2$201$1,160,01312Anchor Bay Films
9Dum Maaro Dum$443105%6-5$74$561,2016Fox Searchlight
10The Music Never Stopped$386298%50$77$243,41811Roadside Attractions
11Go For It!$340164%14-50$24$176,9763Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Biutiful$305-35%5-2$61$5,097,93522Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$102-57%2-9$51$17,3273Freestyle Releasing