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THE LION ROARS AGAIN

September 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Far fewer people went to the movies on Sunday than the studios had estimated, final box-office figures revealed. Sunday’s estimates, which are based on actual ticket sales for Friday and Saturday but on just an educated guess for Sunday, had each of the top three films grossing more than $20 million, a remarkable occurrence in […]

MOVIEGOERS CATCH CONTAGION (Updated)

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office needed some help this past weekend. For that matter, so did The Help, which fell to second place after holding on to the top position three weeks in a row. It is a measure of how poorly the box office behaved as a whole — it produced the lowest total of the […]

THE HELP WORKS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

September 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even without the benefit of 3D surcharges, DreamWorks/Paramounts’ The Help easily managed to stay at the top of the box office for the third week in a row, beating a slew of films that did have 3D going for them during the summer, including debuting Shark Night 3D, which pretty much only played 3D venues. […]

TRIUMPH OF THE APES

August 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

That tight, five-way race at the box office that had been predicted between holdover Rise of the Planet of the Apes and four new entries failed to materialize, except — arguably — between the top two films. Apes rose to the top again with a solid $27.5 million, down about 50 percent from last week’s […]

CAPTAIN AMERICA DOES WHAT VOLDEMORT DIDN’T

July 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Captain America took down Harry Potter over the weekend, sending box-office gurus back to forecasting school. Although most had expected a tight race, with each film taking in around $60 million, the race in reality turned out to be not close at all. Captain America wound up with a Marvel-ous $65.8 million, while Harry Potter […]

SUPER TAKE FOR SUPER 8

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A Twitter campaign rolled out by Paramount for Super 8 last week appeared to pay off over the weekend as the sci-fi flick debuted with an estimated $37 million, outdistancing most analysts’ predictions of around $30 million. Following a low-key marketing campaign aimed at keeping the plot of the movie under wraps, Paramount set up […]

HANNA STRONGER THAN EXPECTED; ARTHUR WEAKER

April 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hold on! Russell Brand pictures did not finish in first and second place at the weekend box office as Sunday estimates had indicated. Final figures did indeed put the animated Hop, for which Brand provided the voice of the lead character, in first place with $21.3 million, but “lovable drunk” flick Arthur, which also starred […]

HOP CAN’T BOOST BOX OFFICE

April 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hop didn’t jump quite so far as Universal had estimated. Still, with $37.5 million, it performed better than analysts had predicted going into the weekend. Weekend estimates, which are released on Sunday, are based on actual figures for Friday and Saturday and an informed guess for Sunday. The film had opened on Friday with $11.5 […]

HOP SKIPS FORECASTS, JUMPS TO $38 MILLION

April 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hop leaped beyond the best predictions of box office analysts over the weekend, taking in an estimated $38.1 million. The Universal live-action/CGI feature nearly quadrupled the $10.2-million take for 20th Century Fox’s second week of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with which it was supposed to vie closely for the family audience. Instead, Wimpysettled for […]

TRON: LEGACY: IT’S NO AVATAR

December 20, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Disney’s Tron: Legacy may have blasted off with a strong $18-million opening on Friday, but after its initial surge of fanboy enthusiasm waned, ticket sales quickly slumped, and it ended up with an estimated total of $43.6 million for the weekend, a result that the Los Angeles Times described as “solid but far from spectacular.” […]

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