Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s Box Office Report: March 2

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News Bytes: 

Deadline is reporting that Adventure Time is coming to the big screen.  Warner Bros. has the project under development with producers Chris McKay and Roy Lee (producers of The LEGO Movie).  This is fantastic news for Adventure Time fans.

Netflix has announced, via press release, that they will premiere exclusively the new feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens.  Judd Apatow and Reubens will produce the film.  Reubens and Paul Rust wrote the film.  John Lee makes his feature film directorial debut with production beginning in early 2015.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the upcoming Blade Runner Sequel.  Additionally Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the project.  The project is set to begin production next summer (2016).

Variety is reporting Calista Flockhart has been cast Cat Grant, founder of CatCo, where Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) works as her assistant, in CBS’ Supergirl.  Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Benoist’s love interest, Jimmy Olsen.  Laura Benanti will play Supergirl’s mother.

Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt have been cast Universal’s The Huntsman a follow-up to the 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman starring Chris Hemsworth.  The roles for Chastain and Blunt have not yet been announced, the casting was reported by Variety

The highly anticipated LEGO Movie sequel has a director, according to Variety Warner Bros has picked up Rob Schrab for the project as his feature directorial debut.

Variety has announced Ben Hardy has been cast in X-Men: Apocalypse in a yet to be named role.

Fox’s DC Comics based project Lucifer has cast Tom Ellis in the title role according to Variety.  The Lucifer pilot will reportedly follow the Lord of Hell, Lucifer, as he resigns from Hell and moves to Los Angeles.  The character originated in Vertigo’s Sandman created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, before spinning off into his own series written by Mike Carey.

Finally, and sadly, as we are sure you have heard, Lenard Nimoy has passed.  He died on Friday February 27 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  He was 83.  The achievements of his career are too numerous to name here.  His impact on the past 50 years of film and television is nothing short of astonishing.  It is a staggering loss, yet we are all very pleased to have grown up with Leonard Niamey in our lives.  Goodbye old friend.

 

Box Office Results: 

This past weekend something glorious happened.  Fifty Shades of Grey doove from the number one spot to the number four spot after the weekend gross dropped by 50 percent.  If you remember last weekend the gross had dropped 73 percent.  These drops are amazing, they illustrate what happens to a terrible movie getting a lot of attention.  Everyone rushes out opening weekend, then abandons the offending film in the following weeks.  However that isn’t the wonderful thing that happened.  That is Kingsman: The Secret Service remaining in second for the third strait week.  Now it is only second place, but it illustrates a point I am attempting to make.  Kingsman has retained an audience while Fifty Shades could not.  In spite of Fifty Shades flirting with the $500 million worldwide gross it, I believe, lacks long term growth potential that Kingsman possess through repeat viewership.  Everyone wanted to see Fifty Shades  and many still do, it is horrifically fascinating that this film exists, and that they had to use CGI for pubic hair, but it is not nearly fascinating or entertaining enough to get anyone to sit through it twice.  If I were to make public predictions, I would expect these to films to continue on their own unique trajectories, that is to say Kingsman will have another 2 or 3 weekends at the top, or near the top of the charts, while Fifty Shades will be at the bottom next weekend, and maybe off the top ten the weekend after that.  Will Smith’s new film Focus opened at the top of the pack this weekend, finally knocking Fifty Shades from its number one spot.  That said, Focus opened with only $19 million, which is not terrific opening weekend for a $50 million film which used very few visual effects.  Meanwhile the ultra cheap (at $3.3 million) The Lazarus Effect opened with $10.6 million, meaning it is already turning a profit for its studio.  In the bottom half of the top ten, McFarland, USA slipped from fourth to sixth in its second week, illustrating that Kevin Costner alone is not enough to keep a film afloat.  American Sniper is losing appeal with audiences, and The DUFF and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 apparently never found much appeal to begin with.  Surprisingly the independent film Still Alice picked up steam jumping from eleventh to ninth as it expanded into more theaters.  This may be a film to keep your eye on.

 

TW LW Title (click for our review) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week 
1 N Focus (2015) WB $19,100,000 3,323 $5,748 $19,100,000 $50.1 1
2 2 Kingsman: The Secret Service Fox $11,750,000 -36.0% 3,282 +16 $3,580 $85,696,000 $81 3
3 3 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $11,200,000 -32.4% 3,467 -213 $3,230 $140,322,000 $74 4
4 1 Fifty Shades of Grey Uni. $10,927,000 -50.9% 3,383 -272 $3,230 $147,764,000 $40 3
5 N The Lazarus Effect Rela. $10,600,000 2,666 $3,976 $10,600,000 $3.3 1
6 4 McFarland, USA BV $7,797,000 -29.3% 2,765 +10 $2,820 $21,981,000 2
7 6 American Sniper WB $7,700,000 -23.4% 2,914 -321 $2,642 $331,108,000 $58.8 10
8 5 The DUFF LGF $7,150,000 -33.9% 2,622 +47 $2,727 $20,053,000 $8.5 2
9 11 Still Alice SPC $2,695,000 +24.4% 1,318 +553 $2,045 $11,984,000 $5 7
10 7 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Par. $2,400,000 -59.8% 2,901 +21 $827 $10,268,000 $14 2

Box office results come courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com

Coming Soon: 

Chappie

In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

Unfinished Business

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

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