Ffty Shades of Grey and Kingsman; The Secret Service’open in wide release this weekend. The Last Five Years opens in limited release.
Recapping Last Weekend
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened with an excellent $55.4 million at the weekend box office to dethrone American Sniper. Sniper had spent 21 days leading the box office before SpongeBob opened with $14.9 million on Friday. Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle finished with $23.3 million for the weekend. Jupiter Ascending and its bloated budget opened with $18.3 million, good enough for the third spot. Seventh Son opened in fourth place with $7.2 million in receipts. Project Almanac earned $5.2 million to round out the top five.
The wonderful Paddington earned another $5.2 million to push its domestic total to $57 million, which is above its $55 million budget. The film has earned a whopping $154 million overseas so, it’s safe to say it has been a financial success. It won’t open until next month in China and 2016 in Japan, Variety has a report that Studiocanal and the movie’s producer, David Heyman, are in talks about a sequel.
American Sniper has earned $281.4 million domestically to date and $363.75 million worldwide. It was made for an estimated $58.8 million.
Project Almanac, which was a pretty interesting film, has made almost $20 million worldwide in 2 weeks of release against a budget of just $12 million.
Predicting This Weekend
50 Shades of Grey will easily win the weekend box office this weekend. Screen Rant is predicting an $89 million opening at the box office. The folks there are also predicting a $32 million opening for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Fandango is reporting that 50 Shades is the fourth-highest selling pre-sale they’ve had when you compare films at the same selling point vs release date. BoxOffice.com puts out the possibility that 50 Shades could come close or top $100 million this weekend. Todd M. Thatcher lowballs everyone and thinks 50 Shades of Grey only reaches $63 millon. He predicts Kingsman comes in second with $30.6 million.
Opening This Weekend
Fifty Shades of Grey
Is there anything more really to say about Fifty Shades of Grey, the film adaptation of the best-selling book that stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey? An anchor of the Today Show in Australia called it possibly the worst movie she has ever seen. Worth noting, however, she’s not exactly the target audience for the film since Lisa Wilkinson admits she didn’t read the books. Marlow Stern over at The Daily Beast calls it “campy, silly, sorta sexy fun”. Over 100 million copies of the book were sold and I’m many more copies were read, so it’s of course going to attract haters. Pretty crazy that this whole thing started as Master of the Universe, a piece of fan-fiction based on the Twilight series.
Kingsman : The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson. The film has generally gotten pretty decent reviews, like this one from USA TODAY. Rolling Stone gave the the film 3 out of 4 stars. The film is loosely adapted from The Secret Service comic book series by Mark Millar. It’s directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also directed Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2 as well as X-Men: First Class.. Jane Goldman handled the screenwriting. Vaughn is already talking about a Kingsman sequel.
The Wrap says Kingsman is way more fun than Fifty Shades. You can see Kingman: The Secret Service tonight at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.
The Last Five Years
Outside of Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick has a bit of a spotty record with her film choices. This newest film is another bit of a leap and only gets a limited release this weekend. Kendrick stars as a struggling actress and Jeremy Jordan plays her novelist lover. The film is an adaptation of a musical by the same name. The New York Post reviewed the movie with the headline “Anna Kendrick sings it out of the park in The Last Five Years“. Like with Kendrick’s last movie, Into the Woods, there are things you need to understand before going to see the movie. For one, the film is almost entirely signing. For another, Jordan’s character tells the story in chronological order while Kendrick details her’s in reverse order. Jeremy Jordan talked a bit about the filming of The Last Five Years with Broadway.com, including about how 90% of his character’s attire got stolen in Harlem.
Unfortunately you may have to wait for this one to come out on DVD. The closest screenings of The Last Five Years to St. Louis appear to be in Peoria, IL.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Keller 8 Cinema in South County welcomes The Loft, Into The Woods and Strange Magic this weekend. I saw Into The Woods a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. You have to remember that it is a musical adapted into a play and it’s a wee bit long.
Make It A Redbox Night
Gone Girl, The Judge and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day are all available at your local Redbox this weekend. Gone Girl is far and away the biggest box office hit among the three, with a $368 million worldwide take at the box office.
Pitch Perfect 2
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