Box Office: Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ a Financial Disappointment, ‘Sniper’, ‘Kingsman’ Rule

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Will Smith has not had a very good decade in film. M. Night Shyamalan’s 2013 clunker After Earth was more than just a post-apocalyptic father/son saga that served as both global warming propaganda and a commercial for Scientology, it was the end of Smith’s reign as a box-office heavyweight. And he was one of the biggest. This movie After Earth cost $130 million to make, but it only earned $60 million at the domestic box office. In fact, it came out only one year after Men in Black 3, which was Smith’s last big-budget movie that made money.

Well, it turns out that Smith’s latest film, Focus, is also his latest clunker. As of this weekend, the film only grossed $19 million out of a $50 million budget. Nobody expected Smith to fade from the A-list like this.

Meanwhile, Fifty Shades of Grey is fading fast. With an abysmal C+ CinemaScore, executives at Universal (which is a sister company to propaganda central in the US – NBC) are scratching their heads. No doubt the film is a success, but most of the negative backlash coming from audiences this early on during the films release will probably have an effect on the studio’s efforts to make Fifty Shades a trilogy. It falls into third place behind the violent, but thoroughly entertaining Kingsman: The Secret Service, which grossed $11 million for a total of $85 million.

American Sniper is now looking to beat Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the highest-grossing film of 2014. This Clint Eastwood masterpiece just reached the $330 million mark. Absolutely remarkable for a non-franchise film.

Well, that’s a look at this week’s Box Office numbers, I’ll see you soon.

 

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