Weekend Wrap-Up

Fifty Shades Fades to Grey

By John Hamann

February 22, 2015

She's as limp as the film's second weekend box office.

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Jupiter Ascending continues its freefall to eighth this weekend, as the Wachowski's film is getting chased from cinemas. After a long weekend gross of $9.3 million, Jupiter earns only $3.7 million this weekend, dropping a nasty 60%. The $175 million Warner Bros. flick has now earned $39.5 million domestic and another $60 million overseas.

The Imitation Game stays in the top ten for its eighth consecutive weekend and could stay there longer with some big wins tonight. This frame, it earned another $2.6 million and fell 26%. The Weinstein Company release how now earned $83.9 million, putting it in the top four releases of films that never ranked higher at the box office than number five.


Paddington takes the number 10 spot as it loses more screens. Paddington earned another $2.3 million and was off 43% compared to the previous frame. The Weinstein pickup has now earned $67.7 million domestically to go with the $154 million earned overseas.

Still Alice, the Oscar nominated film with Julianne Moore, expanded further this weekend, bring its venue count up to 765. The Sony Classics release earned $2.2 million , and brings its domestic take up to $7.9 million.

Overall, despite the big drop from Fifty Shades of Grey, the box office keeps up its pace versus last year. A year ago, the top 12 films were still being led by The LEGO Movie, which finished at number one for the third straight weekend. Last year, the top 12 earned $98 million, which was the last time the top 12 earned less than $100 million until the end of August, six months later. This weekend, the top 12 films earned $108.2 million, keeping the hot streak in 2015 alive. Next weekend brings Focus, the Will Smith/Margot Robbie comedy-thriller, and The Lazarus Effect, the new horror flick with Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass.

Top Ten for Weekend of February 20-22, 2015
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 Fifty Shades of Grey Universal 23.2 -73% 130.1
2 Kingsman: The Secret Service 20th Century Fox 17.5 -52% 67.1
3 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Paramount 15.5 -51% 125.2
4 McFarland, USA Walt Disney 11.3 New 11.3
5 The DUFF Lionsgate 11.0 New 11.0
6 American Sniper Warner Bros. 9.7 -41% 319.6
7 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Paramount 5.8 New 5.8
8 Jupiter Ascending Warner Bros. 3.7 -60% 39.5
9 The Imitation Game The Weinstein Co. 2.6 -26% 83.9
10 Paddington The Weinstein Co. 2.3 -43% 67.7
11 Still Alice Sony Pictures Classics 2.2 +28% 7.9
12 The Wedding Ringer Screen Gems 1.2 -63% 61.9

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