Grosses

'Focus' Leads Lackluster Weekend with $18.7M; 'The Lazarus Effect' Debuts in Fifth with $10.2MMarch 02, 2015 01:03 PM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Warner's Focus debuted in first place this weekend with $18.69 million. However, the romantic heist film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie did perform a bit below pre-release expectations. Focus opened a lackluster 32 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 $6.45 million on Friday (which included an estimated $900,000 from Thursday night shows), increased 18 percent on Saturday to take in $7.63 million and declined 40 percent on Sunday to claim $4.59 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.90 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).

It was a tight race for spots two through five this weekend, as second place and fifth place were separated by just $1.68 million.

Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $11.88 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 35 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 $85.83 million. That places the film an impressive 46 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 $10.82 million. Thanks in part to facing no new direct competition for family audiences, Paramount's 3D animated film stabilized nicely this weekend, as it was down 35 percent from last weekend. The SpongeBob Movie continues to exceed expectations with a strong 24-day take of $139.94 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 $10.56 million. Universal's successful erotic romantic drama was down a sharp 53 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 $147.39 million in 17 days, which places it a sizable 47.5 percent ahead of the $99.92 million 17-day take of 2010's Valentine's Day.

The Lazarus Effect debuted in fifth place with $10.20 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 15 percent below the $12.01 million start of Relativity's Oculus last April.

The Lazarus Effect opened with $3.79 million on Friday (which included an estimated $350,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 15 percent on Saturday to take in $4.37 million and declined 53 percent on Sunday to gross $2.05 million. That gave the film an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.69 to 1, which is a promising sign 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 $7.84 million. The sports drama starring Kevin Costner continues to perform on the high end of expectations with $22.02 million in ten days. That places the film 14 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 a seventh place take of $7.39 million. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper was down a slim 26 percent from last weekend. American Sniper has grossed a massive $330.82 million to date and is now on the verge of surpassing the $336.72 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 eighth place gross of $6.87 million. The low-budget PG-13 comedy from CBS Films and Lionsgate was down 36 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start. The DUFF continues to exceed expectations with $19.77 million in ten days. That places the film 19.5 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 Tue, Jul. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,065,1033%4,10719$1,477$273,009,2412Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$4,064,1688%3,040--$1,337$36,130,5441Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$3,012,40623%3,482--$865$25,534,6631Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$2,404,39321%3,990-125$603$153,222,5963Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,392,67615%2,962-87$470$81,279,6643Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$907,68039%2,9763$305$27,760,3752Universal
7Monte Carlo$810,67021%2,4730$328$17,604,1912Fox
8Super 8$642,25711%2,292-796$280$119,292,5535Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$608,27531%1,966-895$309$59,124,9634Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$491,27616%2,015-1265$244$110,644,7094Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$418,44521%1,102-287$380$158,907,6059Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$213,47310%847-755$252$142,497,9606Fox
2Kung Fu Panda 2$186,30941%650-631$287$159,332,5237Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$171,95614%622-851$276$236,573,3798Disney
4The Hangover Part II$157,3559%835-733$188$251,118,7567Warner Bros.
5The Tree of Life$127,40817%2379$538$9,250,9197Fox Searchlight
6Thor$108,23815%31545$344$178,942,04510Paramount
7Rio (2011)$94,14231%272-36$346$141,447,83913Fox
8Beginners$72,46319%15547$468$3,384,0286Focus
9Fast Five$40,97010%241-61$170$208,861,01011Universal
10A Better Life$37,2232%153142$243$633,3553Summit
11Water for Elephants$22,40914%168-66$133$58,332,51412Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$21,99820%171-50$129$14,188,8515Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,83020%112-28$141$53,229,46312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$13,50818%113-78$120$38,855,83810Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$9,23720%106-32$87$57,923,74217Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$81,29339%481$1,694$8,845,43414Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$31,37920%28-5$1,121$26,605,53569Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$27,48041%901$305$1,279,9682UTV Communications
4Insidious$14,9624%8111$185$53,751,76615FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,39127%42-26$128$10,116,54611Weinstein Company
6Source Code$4,28723%41-25$105$54,704,68715Summit
7Project Nim$3,89421%4--$974$32,9271Roadside Attractions
8Jane Eyre (2011)$3,80090%21-5$181$11,238,62918Focus
9Submarine$3,78533%19-1$199$384,4376Weinstein Company
10Everything Must Go$2,87940%17-2$169$2,667,9399Roadside Attractions
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,70036%43$425$221,86243Collective Eye
12The Last Mountain$1,17795%3--$392$92,2066Dada Films
13The Conspirator$1,00812%15--$67$11,514,19013Roadside Attractions
14Chillar Party$622120%7--$89$5,0601UTV Communications
15Beautiful Boy$467256%3-1$156$73,7566Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$39225%4-1$98$254,60517Roadside Attractions
1735 and Ticking$3816%42$95$85,8318Image Entertainment