After a nearly two-year layoff from the big screen, Will Smith [WSMIT] returns with the R-rated drama Focus [FOCUZ]. His bankability was severely damaged when his last film After Earth bombed commercially and critically. It’s also been 7 years since Smith’s last non-sci-fi role in Seven Pounds, which opened to $14.9 million. Smith hopes to entice his fans back with a con-artist role that plays to his strength as a smooth-talking, slick operator. Warner Bros. has paired him with Margot...Read more »
A24 has released a second trailer for the comedy While We're Young [WWERY] written and directed by Noah Baumbach [NBAUM]. Ben Stiller [BSTIL] stars as a filmmaker happily married to his wife, played by Naomi Watts [NWATT], but going through a mid-life crisis. Not wanting to join the ranks of their forty-something friends in parenthood, they try to recapture their youth by hanging out with a hipster couple in their mid-twenties. While We're Young opens in limited release on March 27th.
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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have dropped the teaser for the musical biopic Love & Mercy [LVMRC]. Paul Dano [PDANO] and John Cusack [JOHNC] play the younger and older version of Brian Wilson, the founder of the Beach Boys, the quinessential California surf rock band. The singer struggled with substance abuse and mental illness throughout his career. Love & Mercy arrives in theaters on June 5th.
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Walt Disney has unveiled the teaser for the animated short "Frozen Fever", which will play in front of Cinderella [CINDE] opening on March 13th. The beloved characters from the 2013 blockbuster Frozen return in a new story celebrating Anna's birthday.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony provided little drama this year as the winners mostly followed the script of the guilds. Host Neil Patrick Harris [NPHAR] provided some light-hearted comedy while Common and John Legend stole the show with their powerful rendition of "Glory", their Oscar-winning original song from Selma. HSX offered traders AwardOptions of nominees in the top 8 categories and the HSX collective wisdom correctly predicted the winners in 7 of them.
Despite tumbling down 73% from from its debut, the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey [50SHD] struck an estimated $23.2 million to remain in first place. The cumulative total stands at $130.1 million.
Kingsman: The Secret Service [TSSRV] stayed in the same spot with another $17.5 million, down 52% from its opening weekend. The spy actioner has banked $67.1 million.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water [SPBO2] also remained in third place with $15.5 million to bring its total to...Read more »
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday so here’s your last chance to play AwardOptions of the Oscar nominees in the top 8 categories and profit from your predictions before trading halts on Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
With the exception of the January breakout American Sniper [A5PAMS], the eight nominees in Best Picture this year have mostly been an arthouse affair. The main race has wound down to between early favorite Boyhood [A5PBOY] and late surging Birdman...
As Hollywood’s biggest stars prepare for the Academy Awards ceremony this weekend, three new movies will target specific demographics while ceding the top spot to Fifty Shades of Grey [50SHD]. After its record-breaking opening, the erotic romance is losing steam fast similarly to other female-targeted adaptations. The two Sex and the City films tumbled more than 60% in their second weekend, while the non-summer Twilight sequels have dropped 70% in their sophomore weekend. Fifty Shades of...Read more »
Fox Searchlight has revealed the full-length, theatrical trailer for the romance Far From the Madding Crowd [FFTMC] based on the Thomas Hardy novel. Carey Mulligan [CMULL] plays a woman in 19th Century England who is wooed by three very different suitors: a sheepherder, a military officer and a wealthy aristocrat. Who would you select? Far From the Madding Crowd opens in theaters on May 1st.
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Moviegoers turned out in record numbers to be turned on by the S&M sex-filled Fifty Shades of Grey [50SHD], which set a new President's Day weekend record with $94.4 million over 4-days. The romance also earned $36.7 million on Valentine’s Day to record the biggest single day ever in February. Women made up 68% of the audience while 5% were over the age of 25.
Kingsman: The Secret Service [TSSRV] debuted in second place with an estimated $42.0 million. The spy actioner also benefited...Read more »