Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ tops US box office

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Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ kicked ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ off the top spot of the US box office charts despite a relatively low opening for the actor.

The romantic dark comedy starring Smith and Margot Robbie did topple the romantic film adaptation ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which had spent two consecutive weekends at number 1, but has won the Northern American box office race debuting with a disappointing and modest opening.

Earning an estimated $19.1 million, it marked one of the lowest-ever openings for the Hollywood actor.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which is yet doing well overseas while shining at the global box office, fell to fourth place behind the children’s animated adventure comedy film ‘SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ which made $11.2m in its fourth week of release.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was also pushed ahead by ‘Kingsman: the Secret Service’, which earned second place, while the high new entry horror film ‘The Lazarus Effect’ secured fifth place rounding out the top five.

Last weekend number one movie ‘Focus’ was the first test for the ‘Independence Day’ star’s recent major flop with the sci-fi movie ‘After Earth’ which terribly failed at the US box office.

After the unprofitable blockbuster’s disaster which received trophies at the 2014 Razzie Awards, ‘Focus’ had appeared as Smith’s chance to reset his professional choices and reputation which have always seen him as a bankable actor. But did he want it this way?

The movie about a cop (Smith) who falls in love with a young and attractive hustler (Margot Robbie), despite gaining No. 1 over the weekend, turned to be a low turnout for the star.

‘Focus’ is a “mid-budget film”, made for a reported $50m and predicted just to take $21m in its opening weekend. And no matter what, the film ended up topping the charts.