It is now time for the box office to focus once again as the Oscars are over. “Focus” will take down “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend.
Will Smith, once a huge box office draw, now gets a wide released at the end of February. That doesn’t bode well for the once huge superstar. It doesn’t mean much for him, but once-proven blockbuster stars get regulated to early in the year does say something.
The studios are no longer looking at them for the blockbuster but rather pleasant surprises. A movie that does well early in the year helps the overall box office when the year ends. It looks like studios have looked into ways to spark a fire in the audience in January and February.
“American Sniper” is not in those categories as it had star power and opened on Christmas. It went wide in January, just in time for the Oscars.
A better example of a surprise was a few years back when Liam Neeson starred on the first “Taken” movie. Plus, recently, Kevin Costner has tried to ignite an early of the year spark. Animated movies have helped, too, when they are released now. The formula for releasing movies seems to be changing.
“Focus” stars Smith and Margot Robbie in a con game comedy. Also appearing is Kristen Stewart. Smith’s charm is the focus here and that may be enough. The estimates now are around $20-25 million. That is not too healthy for a winning film but that is more like normal for a end of February release.
“The Lazarus Effect” is like the name suggests. It is a movie about trying to bring the dead back to life and stars Olivia Wilde.
It does seems rather crowded at the box office with the addition of these two new wide releases. “Fifty Shades of Grey” took a huge dive in week two so that is not expected to do better, so “Focus” can fire up a win just because it is new.
Many films of late have been posting numbers that beat expectations and that is good for the box office.
Meanwhile, after its Oscar win, “Birdman” is upping its theater count to 1,000. Speaking, what the Oscars need is a host that is just a host There is no need to have a huge song and dance number and try to tear down the stars and be snarky.
The host just needs to move the show along and ad-lib when needed. They Do not need to be the show. Be a host, like Johnny Carson or Bob Hope. Jimmy Kimmel’s name is coming up now as he is not in-your-face rude or is going to sing and dance. He will host. Kimmel is the ideal late night host, too. Jimmy Fallon laughs way too much and feels the need to lip-synch, do too many skits and be like “SNL.”
It is time for Kimmel to take over late night and the Oscar stage.