Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR Box Office Report: February 16

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News bits-&-pieces:

Gina Carano has been cast as Angel Dust in Deadpool.  The Hollywood Reporter also confirms Colossus will appear in the film, along with T.J. Miller in a yet undisclosed role.

The Wrap is reporting that Joel Kinnaman is to Replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad.

Marvel has updated the release schedule following the announcement that Spider-Man will be joining the MCU. The new release schedule is as follows:

  • April 10th, 2015: Daredevil (Netflix)
  • May 1st, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17th, 2015: Ant-Man
  • May 6th, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
  • November 4th, 2016, Doctor Strange
  • May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • July 28th, 2017: Unnamed Spider-Man Film
  • November 3rd, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
  • May 4th, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
  • July 6th, 2018, Black Panther
  • November 2nd, 2018, Captain Marvel
  • May 3rd, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
  • July 12th, 2019, Inhumans

Variety has reported some details on the mutually beneficial Marvel/Sony Spider-Man deal.

Marvel Studios won’t pay Sony Pictures for the rights to put Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” the “Avengers” franchise or its other superhero films, as part of its new partnership with the studio, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. At the same time, Marvel won’t receive a cut of the box office for any of Sony’s films that feature Spider-Man. Sony won’t receive a percentage of the revenue Disney makes from Marvel’s films that have Spider-Man, either.

Finally, we have a few new trailers at the bottom of the page.

Weekend Box Office Report:

Fifty Shades of Grey found an audience, but will it be able to keep that audience captive and submissive?  My guess is no, the audience in general will realize that there are better movies out there, and they deserve better.  Still, Grey managed to open with a nearly record-breaking weekend.  Followed by the much better Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opened in the U.S. pulling in $42 million over the weekend.  Both Kingsman and Grey usurped the Bob-Sponge’s number 1 spot, which knocked American Sniper off its pedestal, which is now starting to retreat from theatres along with Paddington.  Meanwhile Jupiter Ascending only picked up $10.5 million bringing its domestic totals to $33.8 million in its second week.  For a film that cost over $176 million to produce and an estimated $100 million to market, this bomb hurts, even if you account for foreign box office returns of $58.9 million.  In comparison the Seventh Son ”bomb” only had a budget of $95 million and its foreign and domestic box office gross has reached $97.6 million, however the marketing has been a costly nightmare for Legendary Pictures.  Next weekend will prove to be lackluster, with no highly anticipated films on the horizon.  Unless Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is anticipated by anyone.

 

TW LW Title (click to read our review) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week 
1 N Fifty Shades of Grey Uni. $94,395,000 3,646 $25,890 $94,395,000 $40 1
2 N Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox $42,000,000 3,204 $13,109 $42,000,000 $81 1
3 1 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $40,000,000 -27.8% 3,654 +13 $10,947 $103,133,000 $74 2
4 2 American Sniper WB $19,460,000 -16.4% 3,436 -449 $5,664 $307,158,000 $58.8 8
5 3 Jupiter Ascending WB $10,680,000 -41.9% 3,181 $3,357 $33,801,000 $176 2
6 6 Paddington W/Dim. $5,375,000 +3.0% 2,244 -644 $2,395 $63,568,000 $55 5
7 4 Seventh Son Uni. $4,756,000 -34.1% 2,874 -1 $1,655 $14,027,000 $95 2
8 8 The Imitation Game Wein. $4,095,000 -12.6% 1,551 -412 $2,640 $80,227,000 12
9 7 The Wedding Ringer SGem $3,700,000 -21.6% 1,456 -682 $2,541 $60,043,000 $23 5
10 5 Project Almanac Par. $3,260,000 -37.7% 1,732 -1,168 $1,882 $20,090,000 $12 3

New to theatres this week:

The DUFF

Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The magical hot tub sends Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) 10 years into the future to prevent an unknown assailant from shooting Lou.

McFarland, USA

Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California’s Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another, but things begin to change when White realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions.

New to Blu-Ray/DVD this week: (Amazon links provided for your consumer convenience)

New trailers

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Age of Adaline

The Longest Ride | Valentine’s Day Trailer

Aloha

Trainwreck

Footage from BIRDMAN drummer/composer Antonio Sánchez and Michael Keaton at a live score screening

That is all we have for this week.  Would you like to know more?

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