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The much talked about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie is officially dethroned by romantic heist pic starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. “Focus” raked in an estimated $19.1 million on its debut weekend securing the spot as the most watched movie at the box office this past weekend. Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Robbie).  As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off.  Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit.  In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.

Check out the trailer for “Focus”

The film failed to impressed review aggregator Rottentomatoes.com who dished out an average score of 55%. Their consensus reads:

“Focus may have a few too many twists and turns, but it nearly skates by on its glamorous setting and the charm of its stars.”

'Focus' Beats 'Fifty Shades of Grey' at the Box Office

‘Focus’ Beats ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ at the Box Office

The kinky “Fifty Shades of Grey” nosedived to fourth this week with approximately $10.9 million. The number crunchers reveal that the movie based on E.L. James’ trilogy of novels dropped by 74% compared to last week.  Internationally, the disappointing erotic movie still rocks by adding approximately $36 million for an overall international take of $338.4 million, and a worldwide haul of $486.2 million.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” remains in second place compared to last week with an estimated $11.8 million. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” also retained the third spot with approximately $11.2 million. The top five is rounded out by Olivia Wilde’s horror movie “The Lazarus Effect” as it debuts with an estimated $10.6 million, based on a shoestring budget of only 3.3 million. Check out the trailer for “The Lazarus Effect”.

 

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  1. “Focus” – $19.1 million
  2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” – $11.8 million
  3. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” – $11.2 million
  4. “Fifty Shades of Grey” – $10.9 million
  5. “The Lazarus Effect” – $10.6 million
  6. “McFarland, USA” – $7.8 million
  7. “American Sniper” – $7.7 million
  8. “The DUFF” – $7.2 million
  9. “Still Alice” – $2.7 million
  10. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” – $2.4 million