‘McFarland’ Wins Race Behind ’50 Shades’; ‘Hot Tub’ Left Flailing

By Alyssa Pereira

Following a massive opening weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey fell 73% this weekend, making its decline the second largest for a movie of that caliber, ever. However, as it turned out, that still wasn’t enough to bump it out of the top spot in this weekend’s box office round up.

This week featured three premieres: McFarland, USA, a Disney film based on a true story starring Kevin Costner, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which flopped, and The DUFF, a high school comedy starring “Parenthood”s Mae Whitman.

McFarland did decently overall, bringing in just over $11.3 million—that number may not seem all that high, but it’s not bad for a sports drama, and it took in more that Disney’s previous sports flick Million Dollar Arm and another sports film starring Kevin Costner, Draft Day.

The DUFF fared well too. The film, aimed at high school audiences had a warm reception, especially among women under 25, so it’s likely that the movie will wind up grossing around $30 million.

Also opening this week was the massive flop Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which opened to an abysmal $5.8 million. So what led to its downfall? A confusing plot, for starters: the characters traveled not just to one point in time, but several, leaving the audience a bit lost. Also a factor was the long break since the first film, which came out about five years ago.

Keep an eye out for Oscar winning-films to reach more and more theaters this week, including Foxcatcher, Whiplash, and Still Alice.

Full Box Office (via Box Office Mojo):

1. Fifty Shades of Grey $23,246,000
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service $17,525,000
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Par. $15,500,000
4. McFarland, USA $11,315,000
5. The DUFF $11,025,000
6. American Sniper $9,650,000
7. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 $5,800,000
8. Jupiter Ascending $3,660,000
9. The Imitation Game $2,565,000
10. Paddington $2,289,000

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