‘American Sniper,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Drive First Quarter Box Office Up 3%
April 2, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey
Domestic sheet sales for a duration finale in Mar sealed during $2.47 billion compared to $2.4 billion a year ago, according to BoxOffice.com and Rentrak. Going into a quarter, many analysts approaching that a altogether box bureau would be down since a winter of 2014 hosted such winners as “The Lego Movie” and “Ride Along.”
However, a entertain got a large support from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster fight play that premiered in a handful of theaters during a finish of 2014 in sequence to validate for Oscars. That design has generated a large $345.6 million Stateside, a biggest domestic transport for any film expelled in 2014.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a highest-grossing domestic recover of 2015, carrying done $165 million, yet a prevalence will be challenged when “Furious 7″ debuts on Friday. The latest installment in a movement array is approaching to crawl to a record $115 million over a initial weekend in theaters.
Other hits expelled during a start of a year embody a view thriller “Kingsman: The Secret Service” ($119.9 million domestic); a charcterised “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” ($160.4 million domestic); and a family film “Paddington” ($74.7 million domestic).
The clever box bureau helped companies in a muster space. MovieTickets.com announced Wednesday that a array of tickets sole by a association in a initial entertain of 2015 were adult 29% over a 2014 results.
Yet a box bureau record remained elusive. Ticket sales could not compare a $2.65 billion generated in a initial entertain of 2010, a duration that fielded hits such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “How to Train Your Dragon.” It also could not strike a $2.59 billion racked adult in a initial 3 months of 2012.
Heading into a center of Feb a box bureau was outpacing 2014’s numbers by some-more than 10%, though a array of disappointments such as “Chappie” and “Run All Night” stopped a movement before a entertain could finish on a high note with a releases of “Cinderella” and “Home.”