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MAN OF STEEL ROARS INTO THEATERS WITH $129-MILLION DEBUT (Updated)

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Man of Steel was indeed more powerful than a locomotive as it roared into theaters over the weekend with a record-shattering $116.7 million domestically (plus another $12 million brought in at Thursday-night screenings that were part of a Walmart promotion). It was the biggest June opening in history, and, together with the $71 million […]

CRUISE ON TOP AGAIN WITH OBLIVION (Updated)

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Cruise, whose career had seemed to be heading in the direction of oblivion, got a massive boost over the weekend when Oblivion, his latest movie, opened with an estimated $38 million, his best opening since Mission: Impossible 3 opened with $47 million in 2006. The result exceeded most analysts’ expectations. However, Oblivion received only […]

HOBBIT FULFILLS GREAT EXPECTATIONS, SETS DEC. RECORD (Updated)

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There was nothing unexpected about the box-office triumph of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey over the weekend. Tracking surveys and movie analysts had predicted that it would set a December ticket-sales record, and it did, taking in an estimated $84.8 million and thereby eclipsing the previous December record of $77.2 million set by I Am […]

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY SHOCKS PUNDITS WITH $30.2M OPENING

October 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paranormal Activity 4 displayed what for the franchise was subnormal activity at the box office over the weekend. Expected to gross $50-55 million — in line with what Paranormal Activity 3 earned during its opening last year — the film wound up making “only” around $30.2 million, according to studio estimates. The quotes around “only” […]

MORE “FOUND FOOTAGE” MOVIES IN THE OFFING

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The surprising success of The Devil Inside is likely to trigger a plethora of “found footage” movies in 2012, the Los Angeles Times observed today (Tuesday). “There’s a freshness to it — the camera work gives you an intimacy, because you feel like you’re inside something that is real,” Lorenzo di Bonaventura, co-executive producer of […]

THE HELP MAY NEED NONE TO LEAD BOX OFFICE

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After being edged out by Rise of the Planet of the Apes at the box office last weekend, DreamWorks’s The Help took the lead during the midweek, earning $11.8 million between Monday and Wednesday versus $9.6 million for Apes. It also received an A+ rating from moviegoers, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Now some […]

APES RISES — AND SO DOES CHERNIN

August 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Peter Chernin, who was believed to be the likely successor to Rupert Murdoch until Murdoch made it clear that he wanted one of his sons to take over when he stepped down, must have been experiencing a profusion of schadenfreude Monday as final box office figures showed that the first film from Chernin Entertainment, Rise […]

HANKS AND ROBERTS STAR IN FLOP

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Who would have thought that a movie starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts would flop right out of the gate? But that’s what appears to have happened in the case of Larry Crowne. The movie earned $16.1 million over the July 4th weekend, landing in fourth place, and today’s Hollywood Reporter, citing figures from CinemaScore, […]

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS STORMS IN

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office is expected to cool off considerably this weekend. Only one new film is opening wide, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class. Box-office forecasters predict that it will sell about $55-60 million worth of tickets — about half what X-Men: The Last Stand took in ($105.8 million) when it opened in 2006, and […]

FOR WARNER BROS.: FIRST THE HANGOVER, THEN THE PARTY

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TTalk about nursing a hangover! Moviegoers were doing just that in spades over the Memorial Day holiday as they spent $137.4 million between Thursday and Monday on The Hangover Part II, according to an estimate by Warner Bros. It marked the biggest gross for the debut of any R-rated comedy ever. While the film had […]

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