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A tease for Frozen Fever with Elsa, Anna and Olaf

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A look at some images and the preview trailer for “Frozen Fever,” a new short about Elsa throwing a birthday party for Anna. It will play in front of the new live-action “Cinderella” arriving in theaters on March 13 and certainly looks like fun. Yes, I liked “Frozen” and gave it 3.5 stars when I reviewed it (so I wasn’t late to the party).

 

 

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Fifty Shades still No. 1 but the early thrill is gone

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” was No. 1 for a second weekend at the box office although the numbers were far lower than at opening. 
 
Still, the film “is an  unqualified success and a profit-making machine, having whipped up $410.6 million in worldwide revenue to date,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said today. 
 
Here are the early estimates from Rentrak: 
 
1. “Fifty Shades of Grey” — $23,245,800, for $130,148,310 to date. 
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service:” — $17,525,000, or $67,105,949 since release. 
3. “The SpongeBob Movie:  Sponge Out of Water”  — $15,500,000, or $125,171,834.
4. “McFarland, USA” — $11,315,000
5. “The Duff” — $11,025,000.
6. “American Sniper” — $9,650,000, boosting its North American gross to $319,607,179
7. “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” — $5,800,000.
8. “Jupiter Ascending” — $3,660,000, or $39,516,979 to date. 
9. “The Imitation Gaem” — $2,556,000, or $83,911,902. 
10. “Paddington” —  $2,289,000, for $67,660,766.
 

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Tim McGraw, Dakota Johnson rehearse for Sunday's Oscars

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Tim McGraw, who will perform a song from the documentary about Glen Campbell, rehearses for the Academy Awards on Friday. Also going through her paces at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood is Dakota Johnson from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” She will be a presenter. 

The other pictures show outside preparations and the bleachers where fans will sit as the stars stroll the carpet. Photos by Richard Harbaugh and Robert Gladden, A.M.P.A.S. 

 

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Oscar prep in Hollywood

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Final preparations and rehearsals are underway for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Scarlett Johansson was at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday while workmen continued setups outside. Photos by Richard Harbaugh, Jordan Murph and Robert Gladden, A.M.P.A.S. 

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Fifty Shades of Grey far exceeds expectations with $82 million

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“Fifty Shades of Grey” produced nearly 82 million shades of green. 
 
The first movie based on E.L. James’ erotic novel made even more money than projected, grossing an estimated $81,670,400 according to Rentrak estimates. Negative or lukewarm reviews made not a whit of difference, especially for book readers, advance-ticket buyers and Valentine’s Day dates. 
 
The top 10:
 
1. “Fifty Shades of Grey” — $81,670,400.
2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” — $35,600,000.
3. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” — $30,540,000, bringing its North American gross to $93,672,561.
4. “American Sniper” — $16,435,000, tipping it past $300 million to $304,133,293 since release. 
5. “Jupiter Ascending” — $9,430,000, for $32,551,146 to date. 
6. “Seventh Son” — $4,152,930, or $13,423,370 since release. 
7. “Paddington” — $4,105,000, for $62,298,308 so far. 
8. “The Imitation Game” — $3,545,000, or $79,677,423 to date. 
9. “The Wedding Ringer” — $3,400,000, or $59,743,017. 
10. “Project Almanac” — $2,730,000, for $19,559,576. 
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, reports “Fifty Shades” represents the second biggest February debut, just behind 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ” and its $83.9 million opening weekend.  
 
However, the Dakota Johnson-Jamie Dornan erotic drama easily became the highest grossing Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend opener of all-time for both the three-day portion and four-day holiday weekend surpassing the impressive 2010 debut of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
 
He also reports that, with $30.3 million on Friday, “Fifty Shades of Grey” posted the biggest opening day for any film released in February. The movie’s Saturday gross of $36.7 million represents the biggest single-day gross ever posted in February. 
 

 

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