BOX OFFICE

It may not have be a full-blown Big Willie Weekend,* but Will Smith is back atop the box office heap.

Focus, in which Smith stars alongside Margot Robbie, opened at number one as Fifty Shades of Grey tumbled and The Lazarus Effect showed that, even in the wake of the Oscars, there's always an audience for old school scares.

After its record-breaking opening last week, Fifty Shades of Grey could only take a dive over Oscar weekend. 

And dive it did, declining a whopping 73% based on current estimates, which indicate that the erotic drama earned $23.2 million from 3,655 theaters in North America. 

With the frenzy that accompanied its Presidents Day debut, Fifty Shades of Grey was bound to be front-loaded, burning off demand quickly.  Since neither word of mouth nor reviews have been kind to the BDSM blockbuster, though, the decline in attendance was steeper than anticipated.

America got a little freaky at the multiplex over the weekend, making Fifty Shades of Grey a bona-fide sensation.

According to current estimates, the adaptation raked in $81.6 million from 3,646 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

After three weeks and many a broken record, American Sniper has slipped from its perch atop the box office chart.

Who had the huevos to knock the deadliest sniper in U.S. history from the number one spot?  None other than SpongeBob SquarePants.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water opened in first place this weekend, while long-delayed fantasy/scifi tales Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son debuted to middling commercial results.

It's Super Bowl Sunday, a secular holiday of football, greasy food, beer, and expensive commercials.  This, generally, is not a weekend when Americans are too concerned about what's playing at a theater near them, but this particular Super Bowl weekend proved to be an exception to that rule.

American Sniper continued its dominance at the box office for the third consecutive weekend, while newcomers Black or White and Project Almanac debuted strong, The Loft rounded out the top ten, and an HBO show invaded IMAX.

After breaking records aplenty a week ago, American Sniper is well on its way to becoming the biggest war movie of all time.

Rubber baby or not, Clint Eastwood's military hagiography hauled in another $64.3 million this weekend, according to current estimates.  That brings American Sniper's domestic total to a staggering $200.1 million after just ten days in wide release.

Having dropkicked Tony Stark in 2013, Katniss Everdeen has now delivered arrows to the necks of each and every member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 now stands as the highest-grossing domestic release of last year, kicking Guardians of the Galaxy to the curb.

American Sniper broke a boatload of records this weekend, hauling in an unprecedented amount of cash for this type of movie this time of year, upending a whole lot of box office wisdom in the process.

Liam Neeson punched Bilbo Baggins in the trachea this weekend and very nearly set a record as he did it.

After three consecutive weeks at number one on at the domestic box office, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was kneecapped by Taken 3.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies repeated history, following in its predecessors' Hobbity footsteps with a third consecutive weekend atop the box office dogpile.

While that may have been predictable, there was also a pleasant surprise: The Woman in Black 2: The Angel of Death opened bigger than anybody anticipated, helping power the box office of the first weekend in 2015 to 6% better than the first frame last year.

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