Thursday, January 29, 2015

“SNIPER” KILLS AGAIN

January 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For the second consecutive weekend, box-office analysts struggled to keep American Sniper in their sights. Last weekend, the movie earned nearly twice what the pundits had predicted — $89.3 million; this weekend it earned nearly half again as much — around $64.4 million versus the predicted $45 million, according to studio estimates. Coming in a […]

NEW FILMS DON’T STAND A CHANCE AGAINST “AMERICAN SNIPER,” PUNDITS SAY

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

American Sniper is expected to earn this weekend what analysts predicted it would earn last weeekend — around $45-50 million. Instead, it raked in twice that amount over the three-day weekend — $89 million — and $107 million for the four-day Martin Luther King holiday. The only significant challenge to Sniper is expected to come […]

FINAL BOX OFFICE RESULTS FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, according to final figures compiled by Studio System News (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. American Sniper, Warner Bros., $107,211,457, 4 Wks., ($110,636,235); 2. Paddington, The Weinstein Company, $25,494,139, (New); 3. The Wedding Ringer, Miramax/Screen Gems, $24,042,152, (New); 4. Taken […]

“AMERICAN SNIPER” SETS JANUARY BOX OFFICE RECORD

January 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper made a killing at the domestic box office over the weekend. With an estimated $90.2 million in ticket sales, it blasted past the opening-weekend record for January, earning nearly twice what most analysts had predicted, and pulled in the biggest haul ever for a non-franchise movie. The figure was all the […]

“AMERICAN SNIPER” EXPECTED TO KILL AT BOX OFFICE

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which received six Oscar nominations on Thursday (including best film), is expected to set an opening weekend record for January, according to analysts. They are predicting that it will handily surpass the current record holder, last year’s Ride Along, which opened with $41.5 million. Somewhat ironically, Kevin Hart, who starred in […]

2015 OSCAR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Best Picture Nominees: American Sniper Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash The complete list of nominees:

AMAZON STEPS UP ITS PUSH INTO ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING WITH WOODY ALLEN DEAL

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It instantly became the talk of the TV and movie industries: Amazon’s announcement that it had signed a deal with Woody Allen to write and direct an original series for its Amazon Prime streaming service. San Francisco Chronicle: Amazon signs Woody Alen for series Los Angeles Times: Amazon’s Woody Allen series deal marks big step […]

RATINGS FOR GOLDEN GLOBES TICK DOWN

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ratings for Sunday night’s Golden Globes presentations on NBC didn’t surpass those for last year, when they set a record. But they were nevertheless stronger than usual, thanks not so much to the popularity of the nominated films and TV shows but — once again — to the hosting performances of Tina Fey and Amy […]

“BOYHOOD” IS GOLDEN AT GLOBES AWARDS

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood came away with three top awards at the Golden Globes awards in the drama category Sunday night: best film, director, and supporting actress. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won the award for best comedy or musical. Los Angeles Times: Golden Globe Awards 2015: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Budapest’ take top film prizes The […]

“TAKEN 3″ TAKES FIRST AT WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

January 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Defying a universally hostile critical reception and predictions of disappointing ticket sales, the Liam Neesen thriller Taken 3 debuted with an estimated weekend gross of $40.4 million. While that number came in below the $49 million for the opening of Taken 2 in 2012, it was well above the $28-32 million that many pundits predicted […]

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