Focus Wins Box Office Weekend, But Is One Of Will Smith’s Lowest Openings

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Focus Opening Weekend

By Daniel Gates


Focus Opening Weekend

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Focus won the weekend box office, but with a disappointing opening. The con-man caper, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, earned $19.1 million in its debut. While that was good enough to finish well ahead of the pack, it was also one of Smith’s lowest openings ever.

Those who weren’t, ahem, focused on Smith’s new film apparently went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, which held on to the #2 position for the third week in a row by bringing in $11.8 million. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water again took the #3 spot after taking in $11.2 million.

The big surprise? The BDSM sextravaganza Fifty Shades of Grey not only ended its box office dominance after reigning atop the Top 10 list for two weeks, but it also fell all the way to fourth place after earning $10.9 million. Still, its total domestic gross is inching closer to $150 million, and when combined with international numbers, the movie is nearing half a billion dollars in just three weeks, making it a bonafide hit.

The new horror flick The Lazarus Effect with Olivia Wilde opened in fifth place with $10. 6 million, followed by Kevin Costner’s latest sports movie, McFarland, USA, with $7.8 million. American Sniper was right behind at $7.7 million for seventh place. Teen comedy The Duff snagged eighth with $7.2 million.

It was big drop to round out the Top 10. Still Alice, following Julianne Moore’s Oscar victory, came in ninth with $2.7 million, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 landed at #10 with $2 million, making Hot Tub Time Machine 3 seem unlikely. What did you see this weekend?

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