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GRAVITY BLASTS OFF TO NEW OCTOBER RECORD

October 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Everything the experts thought that they knew about the October box office turned out to be wrong. Ticket sales for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space thriller Gravity soared past every other film ever released in October to set a new record for the month of $55.55 million, according to studio estimates. Most analysts had predicted […]

BOX OFFICE SURPRISES GALORE (Updated)

September 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Instructions Not Included, a Spanish-language comedy, came out of nowhere this weekend to surprise box office pundits by earning an estimated $7.5 million in just 347 theaters, landing at No. 5 over the three-day weekend. Its per-theater average of $21,614 far surpassed any other movie in release. By contrast, the No. 1 film, the concert […]

THE BUTLER DID IT — AGAIN

August 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Three new films couldn’t crack $10 million at the box office over the weekend, allowing Lee Daniels’ The Butler to hold on as the No. 1 film for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $17 million. In fact, in its third weekend, the R-rated comedy We’re the Millers beat out the newcomers […]

THE BUTLER KICKS ASS (IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE)

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Butler did it — murdered the competition, that is. The Lee Daniels-directed movie, starring Forest Whitaker, opened with an estimated $25 million, considerably above pundits’ forecasts. While they had predicted a close race with Universal’s Kick-Ass 2, the latter film wasn’t even a contender as it opened in fourth place with about $13.57 million […]

WOODY ALLEN SCORES HIS BEST OPENING WEEKEND EVER

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In limited release, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine opened in six theaters with $612,767, selling out in virtually all of them. That’s an average of $102,128 per screen — the best of Allen’s career and the highest of the year for any film. (By contrast, The Wolverine‘s per-theater average over the weekend was $14,000.) The result […]

THE WOLVERINE: WEAK IN U.S., MUSCULAR ABROAD

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wolverine had its claws clipped as it opened domestically with an estimated $55 million, well below the $70-75 million that many tracking studies had indicated it would earn. It was also well below the $65 million that 20th Century Fox had conservatively predicted for its debut. In 2009, X-Men Origins: Wolverine opened with $85 […]

PACIFIC RIM: A FLOP BY ANY OTHER NAME?

July 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t quite so big a flop as some writers had expected, but when a movie costs around $200 million to make and market and earns an estimated $38.3 million domestically in its opening weekend, it will have to struggle mightily to become profitable. The good news is that in the weeks ahead Pacific Rim […]

MINIONS OVERWHELM THE MASKED MAN

July 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office results for Disney’s The Lone Ranger were not only bad, as predicted, they were downright despicable. The film, which analysts had figured would earn around $70 million over the five-day Fourth of July holiday, wound up with an estimated $49 million — while Despicable Me 2 hauled in around $142.1 million. (Final results for […]

MAN OF STEEL CROSSES $500-MILLION MARK WORLDWIDE

July 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel added $52.2 million to its foreign gross, which now stands at $271.7 million. Together with its $248.7-million domestic take, the film flew past the $500-million mark to $520.4 million worldwide. IMAX screenings have accounted for $45.9 million of that amount. Some analysts are now predicting that the Superman movie […]

MONSTERS U HAS A MONSTER OPENING WITH $82 MILLION

June 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s Pixar studio extended its unblemished record of consecutive No. 1 openings to 14 over the weekend as its Monsters University debuted with $82 million, somewhat above the $75-80 million that analysts had predicted. But far exceeding all of the predictions was Paramount’s World War Z, which raked in a remarkable $66 million, more than […]

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