Box Office: “Focus” opens #1, but weak for Will Smith — “Kingsman” closes in on $100 million

box“Focus” earned mixed reviews, and truth be told, Will Smith’s kind of yesterday’s news. So this caper comedy/romance wasn’t going to be that much-needed blockbuster comeback for him. It’s opening in first place this weekend, but will be lucky to clear $20 million. Word of mouth Saturday will be key.

“The Lazarus Effect” is a sturdy enough bring-back-the-dead thriller, poor reviews, but I thought its cast and director made it work. It’s opening at over $10 million.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” will be close to $150 million by Sunday night, “American Sniper” will be over $330.

“McFarland” and “The DUFF” aren’t holding much audience on their second weekend. Enough. Costner’s film is set to clear $20, “DUFF” just shy of it.

Among the Oscar winners re-issued to get people out to see what they missed, “Still Alice” is the one to crack the top ten.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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