After taking in almost $100 million in domestic ticket sales alone, the box-office juggernaut “Fifty Shades of Grey” is predicted to come out on top this weekend over newcomers like “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and “McFarland USA.” The box office is likely safe from the whipping it sustained last week from the Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson romantic drama, but “Grey” did manage to outperform its estimates last week and could do so again this weekend. Studio predictions put the film's weekend tally in the $26 million-$34 million range.
Matthew Vaughn’s latest action movie, "Kingsman," starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson will potentially hold onto its No. 2 spot in the charts with an intake of about $18 million, or about half of what it grossed the previous week. The raunchy sequel with a chlorine smell, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” will follow the “Kingsman” lead in attempting to lure male audiences away from other fare. Their predicted numbers could hit about $15 million, but the movie needs to do well in its first week as Vince Vaughn’s latest bro-comedy hits theaters next weekend.
Kevin Costner’s sports inspiration story about a group of underprivileged Latino cross-country runners will potentially cross the finish line at around $8 million. Teen comedy “The DUFF,” about the woes of a high school “Designated Ugly Fat Friend,” is estimated to do about the same amount for its weekend take.
Overall, the weekend promises lots of activity at the box office. With the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night, don’t count out strong last-minute numbers from some of the nominees still in theaters, like “The Imitation Game” and “American Sniper.” The Oscars begin on CBS at 8:30pm EST.