It’s a long weekend in the United States, so a shout out of Happy President’s Day to everyone reading there. It also means there will be a big emphasis on the four day weekend box office results; for our purposes, though, we continue to look at the three day estimated totals, which should come as no surprise. Here’s who…I mean, what went down:
Combating some seriously awful reviews, Fifty Shades Of Grey still had an astounding weekend, especially for an R-rated film. The sex-driven movie managed to score $77 million in its first three days, including $30.2 million on its opening day. The Valentine’s Day timing certainly didn’t hurt the film, and neither did the lackluster critical reaction. The question now is, was Fifty Shades Of Grey front-loaded for a strong opening weekend of devoted fans, or will it manage to have legs over the coming weeks. Something to look out for, to be sure.
Opening in second place with $34 million was the Matthew Vaughn directed Kingsmen: The Secret Service, which has been getting solid reviews and strong word of mouth. Based on an under the radar graphic novel, the film should be able to hold strong for at least a few weeks as it looks to make back its $81 million budget.
As for the rest of the top five, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water dropped to third place, bringing in $32 million. American Sniper was in fourth place with $15.5 million, bringing its new total to $303 million. Closing things out in fifth place was Jupiter Ascending with $7.9 million, proving that the Wachowskis’ latest was pretty much DOA.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Fifty Shades Of Grey – $80 million
2) Kingsmen: The Secret Service – $30 million
3) The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water – $28 million
4) American Sniper – $18 million
5) Jupiter Ascending – $8 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) Fifty Shades Of Grey – $77 million
2) Kingsmen: The Secret Service – $34 million
3) The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water – $32 million
4) American Sniper – $15.5 million
5) Jupiter Ascending – $7.9 million
Opening next week are The DUFF and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!