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Will Smith's con-artist flick snatches US box office gold

2015-03-02 13:04

Los Angeles - Sexy con-artist flick Focus stole the top spot at North American box offices this weekend, vaulting over hit bondage film Fifty Shades of Grey, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The fast-paced and glittering dark comedy full of deceptions stars Will Smith as crook Nicky who takes on protege Jess, played by Margot Robbie.

Focus got $19.1m in sales, handily winning first place, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Holding steady at the second spot was British spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth.

The comedy took in $11.8m, just enough to hold off animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, that held onto third place with an $11.2m haul projected.

Erotic bondage tale Fifty Shades of Grey slipped out of its long-running spot on top of the box office ending a run that saw a record February opening.

The film starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele brought in $10.9m in its third week for the fourth spot.

Horror film The Lazarus Effect, about medical students who discover a way to bring people back to life, earned $10.6m in its debut weekend to come in fifth.

Kevin Costner sport drama McFarland, USA, about a student cross-country team from immigrant families took in $7.8m in its second week for the sixth spot.

Controversial war-drama American Sniper was projected had $7.7m in box office sales for the seventh spot.
The Iraq war film directed by Clint Eastwood set box office records and has pulled in $331.1m so far.

The film's portrayal of late Navy Seal Chris Kyle stirred up debate over its depictions of Arabs and Muslims.

The Duff, a teen comedy about high school cliques featuring Mae Whitman, slipped three spots to land in eighth with $7.2m.

Critically-acclaimed drama Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, took in $2.7m to land in ninth.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2, about a magical hot tub that sends its users into the future, sold the tenth most tickets, bringing in $2.4m.

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