news//WILL SMITH BOUNCES BACK WITH A NUMBER ONE WEEKEND

BOX OFFICE



It seems like it's been a while since Will Smith was a box office champ. The embarrassment of 2013's After Earth could have had a lasting effect on the box office potential of the once-lucrative summer blockbuster king. His newest venture, the crime-comedy-caper Focus, co-starring Margot Robbie, ended the quiet weekend on top, with just over $19 million. While this is a number one opening, it's interesting that Smith had to settle for a February opening instead of a 4th of July weekend spot. That $19 million, by the way, is lower than After Earth's $27 million opening, but Focus should definitely go a little longer, thanks to decent reviews.

The other wide release was horror flick The Lazarus Effect. Made by the producers behind Insidious, the film starring Evan Peters and Olivia Wilde was a low-budget affair by Relativity and stayed that way, debuting in fifth place with right at $10 million.

Releases in their second and third weeks seemed to hold up best, with The DUFF, McFarland, USA, and Kingsman: The Secret Service remaining firmly in the top ten.

On the smaller scale, '71 opened in 4 theaters to $60,050 and Leviathan, the Oscar-winning foreign language film, bumped to 80 theaters for a $124, 809 weekend.

Last weekend's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Birdman, saw an increase of 125%, despite already being available for purchase on home video.

Here are the Top Ten films for the week ending March 1, 2015:

1. Focus, $19.1 million (NEW)

2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $11.7 million (Total: $85.6m)

3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $11.2 million (Total: $140.3m)

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, $10.9 million (Total: $147.7m)

5. The Lazarus Effect, $10.6 million (NEW)

6. McFarland, USA, $7.79 million (Total: $21.9m)

7. American Sniper, $7.7 million (Total: $331m)

8. The DUFF, $7.1 million (Total: $20m)

9. Still Alice, $2.6 million (Total: $11.9m)

10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2, $2.4 million (Total: $10.2m)

SOURCE: BOXOFFICE.COM


news//AWARD SEASON CALENDAR 2015/2016

AWARDS COVERAGE



It's never too early to plan for the year. The first "major" awards of the 2015/2016 season are the MTV Movie Awards, which celebrate a mix of 2014 and 2015 cinema. Shortly after, the television award season gets in full swing and, before we know it, it'll be the film award season.

Sundance is behind us. Cannes and Toronto are ahead. Here's to a successful year in entertainment!

Follow this handy guide all year long. As more dates are added, the list will be updated. You can also always find a quick reference guide located to the right, just under the AllTheHitsSoFar Twitter feed.

MARCH
20 - mtvU Woodie Awards, SXSW Music Festival

APRIL
12 - MTV Movie Awards, Nokia Theatre

MAY
24 - 68th Cannes Film Festival Awards, Palais des Festivals et des Congres 

JUNE
16 - 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announced

AUGUST
30 - MTV Video Music Awards

SEPTEMBER
20 - 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Nokia Theatre

DECEMBER
9 - 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced

JANUARY
10 - 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Beverly Hilton

30 - 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards, Shrine Exposition Center


news//'ROMY AND MICHELLE' ARE OUT; 'PATCH ADAMS' IS IN ON NETFLIX IN MARCH

STREAMING NEWS



March looks to be heavy on awards films and classic favorites as Patch Adams and Finding Neverland join the brunt of films available for streaming on Netflix. But, a new month with Netflix wouldn't be the same without saying goodbye to a few favorites. Leaving in March are 90s hits Cool Runnings and Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, plus the classics Troop Beverly Hills and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. So, get your queue ready and binge watch before it's too late!

Below is a full list of scheduled films titles being added to the Netflix canon and leaving the streaming service this March.

March 1
Available:
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Evelyn (2002)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Mercy Rule (2014)
Patch Adams (1998)
Teen Witch (1989)
Leaving:
3 Ninjas: Kick Back (1994)
Air Bud (1997)
Anaconda (1997)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams (1981)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Desperado (1995)
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Emma (1996)
Evita (1996)
Fireproof (2008)
Freaky Friday (2008)
Fright Night (1985)
Girlfight (2000)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Jackass: Number Two (2006)
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Old Yeller (1957)
Ordinary People (1980)
Out of Time (2003)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Saving Silverman (2001)
Seven (1995)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The Baby Sitters Club (1995)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Graduate (1967)
The Possession (2012)
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

March 2
Leaving:
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Uptown Girls (2003)

March 5
Available:
The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)
Food Chains (2014)
Leaving:
The Muppet Movie (1979)

March 6
Available:
Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden (2015)
My Own Man (2014)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix Original Series)

March 9
Available:
After the Fall (2014)
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Cesar Chavez (2014)
Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club (2014)

March 11
Available:
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Leaving:
Flubber (1997)
The Grey (2012)

March 15
Leaving: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

March 17
Available:
Dummy (2002)
You're Not You (2014)

March 19
Available:
Life Itself (2014)

March 20
Available:
God's Not Dead (2014)

March 22
Leaving:
Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997)


March 23
Available:
November Man (2014)

March 27
Available:
Frankie and Alice (2010)

March 31
Available:
Ask Me Anything (2014)
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
Leaving:
Legends of the Fall (1994)