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February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Three new films are set to debut this weekend — Hot Tub Time Machine 2, McFarland, USA and The DUFF — but, according to tracking studies and industry analysts, none of them stands a chance against the second week of Fifty Shades of Grey. That film, say the pundits, will likely take in another $30 million. (It has already collected $102.7 million domestically and $209 million overseas.) The new entries are also expected to be beaten out by holdovers Kingsman: The Secret Service and Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water, each of which will likely earn around $20-25 million. Of the new films, the sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine is expected to come out ahead with around $10-15 million. Critics have mostly poured cold water on it, with Peter Howell of the Toronto Star calling it “this wretched excuse for a comedy … this rancid turkey … this sloshing cesspool” and also “an early candidate for worst sequel of 2015 and also worst movie.” But then, it’s only February. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle summed up: “It’s just bad.”

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