Warner Bros.' Jupiter Ascending became the first mega-budget flop of the year, grossing a paltry $19 million. The sci-fi flick cost an absurd $176 million and will cause a massive write-down for the studio (thankfully, American Sniper grosses should offset some of the costs of this bomb). Jupiter Ascending also received a dismal "B-" Cinemascore which means that audiences liked it as much as the critics did (the movie is currently sitting at 22% on Rotten Tomatoes). The Wachowskis have pretty much lost all of their Hollywood clout and will need to rebuild their brand image if they want to stay in the business.
The Weinstein Company's Paddington finished in fifth place with $5.3 million, an impressive total for the film's fourth weekend. The British family flick has now made $57.2 million and will likely close with around $70 million domestically. Paramount's Project Almanac was close behind in sixth place with $5.3 million as well. The found footage film took a relatively mild 36% plunge in its second weekend and has now made $15.7 million. Not bad considering the film cost only $12 million to produce, but certainly not great.
The Imitation Game continued its strong run this weekend in seventh place with $4.8 million. The British period drama has now grossed $74.7 million and will definitely pass the $100 million mark before the end of its run. Close behind in eighth place was The Wedding Ringer, which grossed $4.8 million. The Kevin Hart comedy has now made $55.1 million and will surely make a profit for Screen Gems.
Black or White grossed $4.5 million in ninth place. The drama has now made $13.1 million, which is not exceptional. But it couldn't have cost much, so Relativity isn't in much trouble on this one. Finally, The Boy Next Door rounded out the top ten with $4.1 million. The film has pulled in $30.8 million so far.
Next weekend sees the release of Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Here are my predictions for the four-day weekend:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey- $105 million
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service- $60 million
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water- $38 million
4. American Sniper- $25 million
5. Jupiter Ascending- $13 million
6. Paddington- $4.8 million
7. Seventh Son- $4.7 million
8. The Imitation Game- $4.5 million
9. Project Almanac- $4 million
10. The Wedding Ringer- $3.9 million
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