Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR Box Office Report: February 2

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There is not much news this past week in the world of movies, unless you count all the news coming out of Sundance, which most are unconfirmed reports of films being sold.  What we do have, is a gigantic list of new trailers.  There are too many to post here, but we did post them all HERE.  The new trailers are: Fantastic Four, 50 Shades of Grey, Ted 2, Inside Out, Fast and the Furious 7, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World (RAPTORS!), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Seventh Son, Unfinished Business, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Heroes Reborn, and The season 5 trailer for Game of Thrones.  

This past weekend American Sniper once again walked away with the top earnings, in fact the film has set a record for the Superb Owl weekend.  While it is frustrating to see so many people spend money on a mediocre (at best) film, it is good to see audiences taking in a film that can potentially spark real conversation about war.  The kid friendly Paddington rose up to second, displacing The Boy Next Door.  Newcomer Project Almanac opened in third place taking in a respectable $8.5 million for a $12 million film.  Black or White followed behind opening in fourth place.  Encouragingly The Imitation Game is still running strong, having picked up another $5 million, bringing its domestic box office totals to $67.95 million and $125,957,901 worldwide.  Next weekend, the first in February, should be the first big weekend of the year, with three modestly anticipated films.  It will remain to be seen if a Sci-Fi, an animated sponge will displace a 6-week-old war film, for now we can only hope.


January 30-February 1

TW LW Title  Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget Week #
1 1 American Sniper WB $31,850,000 -50.7% 3,885 +180 $8,198 $248,942,000 $58.8 6
2 3 Paddington W/Dim. $8,505,000 -30.7% 3,303 -52 $2,575 $50,540,000 3
3 N Project Almanac Par. $8,500,000 2,893 $2,938 $8,500,000 $12 1
4 N Black or White Rela. $6,456,000 1,823 $3,541 $6,456,000 1
5 2 The Boy Next Door Uni. $6,093,000 -59.1% 2,615 +13 $2,330 $24,684,000 $4 2
6 4 The Wedding Ringer SGem $5,700,000 -49.6% 2,820 -183 $2,021 $48,100,000 $23 3
7 6 The Imitation Game Wein. $5,173,000 -25.5% 2,402 +377 $2,154 $67,955,000 10
8 5 Taken 3 Fox $3,650,000 -50.8% 2,533 -376 $1,441 $81,353,000 $48 4
9 7 Strange Magic BV $3,441,000 -37.5% 3,020 $1,139 $9,899,000 2
10 N The Loft ORF $2,879,000 1,841 $1,564 $2,879,000 1

New in theatres this week:

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under signs that predicted future greatness, but her reality as a woman consists of cleaning other people’s houses and endless bad breaks. Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter, arrives on Earth to locate her, making Jupiter finally aware of the great destiny that awaits her: Jupiter’s genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Seventh Son

Centuries ago, a supernatural champion named Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) defeated Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), a malevolent witch. Now, she has escaped imprisonment and thirsts for vengeance. She summons her followers and prepares to unleash her wrath on humanity. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. Gregory takes Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) as his new apprentice, but he has only until the next full moon to teach Tom what usually takes years: how to prevail against dark magic

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

New on Blu-Ray and DVD this week (click the link to view on Amazon)

Now that is quite enough for this week, go see a film, pick up one of the new films coming out on Blu-Ray.  Treat yourself, you deserve it.

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