Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Will Smith takes your money, but less of it than usual

Like a con man past his prime, Will Smith seems to have lost his gift for the grift. There was a time, not so long ago, when America was just begging to empty its pockets for the star, digging deep for whatever blockbuster project he lent his charms to. But while the $19 million Focus made this weekend hardly constitutes a flop—the movie pretty easily opened in first place—it’s also not exactly big business for a guy who used to have Independence Day on lockdown and who helped make Kevin James a big-screen draw. Something has to be wrong with Smith’s A-list stock if the Fresh Prince romancing Margot Robbie in a stylish-looking con comedy isn’t a recipe for (enormous) success. Maybe he should have cut a catchy/horrible tie-in track.

Or maybe it was just bad timing. Box office was generally soft on the …

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