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TWILIGHT FINALE TOPS BOX OFFICE IN THIRD WEEK

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The competition for the top two spots on the weekend box-office list did not turn out to be quite so close as studio estimates had indicated on Sunday. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 placed first, as predicted, with $17.42 million, but Skyfall, which Sony thought would be a close challenger with $17 […]

KILLING THEM SOFTLY IS KILLED AT BOX OFFICE (Updated)

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the 30 years that CinemaScore has been asking audiences to grade the movies they have seen on opening weekends, only five films have ever received F grades. CinemaScore has now added a sixth: the Brad Pitt starrer, Killing Them Softly. Going into the weekend, the question had been whether Pitts’s name on the marquee […]

STUDIOS BENEFIT FROM BLACK FRIDAY

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Friday this year not only provided a bonanza for retailers but, what with cineplexes anchoring most shopping malls, for movie exhibitors and studios as well. Ordinarily, ticket sales on Friday are 25-35 percent lower than on Saturday. But on the Friday of this Thanksgiving Day holiday, they actually were about 5 percent higher. The […]

TOP TEN FILMS OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the three-day/five-day holiday weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2, Summit/Lionsgate, $43,641,448/$64,435,436, 2 Wks. ($227,366,118); 2. Skyfall, Sony/Columbia, $35,502,973/$50,548,778, 3 Wks. ($221,144,122); 3. Lincoln, Disney/DreamWorks, $25,676,413/$34,759,927, 3 Wks. ($62,840,796); 4. Rise […]

GOOD FOR THE GOOSE — MOVIE GANDERERS SET THANKSGIVING RECORD

November 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the fifth Twilight movie and the 23rd James Bond movie raking in $116 million between them and with Oscar hopefuls Lincoln and the Life of Pi producing better-than-expected results, the box office set a new record for a Thanksgiving holiday. In its second week, Twilight: Breaking Dawn –Part 2 added an estimated $65 million […]

THE LAST TWILIGHT IS GLEAMING

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 did not, as many box-office pundits had predicted, set a new record for an opening weekend. It did not even set a new record for the Twilight franchise. (That’s held by 2009’s New Moon with $142.8 million.) But the $141.1 million that it earned nevertheless represents the […]

IT’S OFFICIAL: SKYFALL SETS BOND RECORD

November 18, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

While all eyes were focused on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 to see whether it would break box-office records (it didn’t; see separate item), Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond blockbuster, was continuing to rack up huge profits overseas, where, in its fourth week, it grossed an additional $49.6 million to bring its […]

WINDFALL FOR SKYFALL: $88.4 MILLION (updated)

November 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Daniel Craig, who remarked after learning that he had been selected to play James Bond in 2005 that he recognized that the franchise is a machine that “makes a lot of money,” has made the machine the most money for a Bond opening ever — an estimated $87.8 million [see updated figures below] for Skyfall. […]

SKYFALL FORECAST TO CRUSH WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

November 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Box office pundits have become so many Chicken Littles, predicting that Skyfall will crush everything else in sight this weekend. The 007 flick, which opens in many theaters at midnight tonight (a preview on IMAX screens took place on Wednesday), is likely to collect more than $70 million, according to many forecasters, provided that a […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When the last 007 movie, Quantum of Solace, opened in 2008, critics railed at the decision to turn Bond into an action hero. “He is too good for that!” remarked Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. “He is an attitude. Violence for him is an annoyance.” Peter Howell commented in the Toronto Star: “This is […]

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