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BEN-HUR RIDES AGAIN

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

And lo, the return of James Bond and the Hobbit will beget the return of Ben-Hur. According to Deadline.com, the success of Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has so raised MGM’s standing that it now plans to remake the 1959 blockbuster (a silent version, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was also produced in […]

TEXAS CHAINSAW MOWS DOWN HOBBIT, DJANGO (Updated)

January 7, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Despite all the recent hand-wringing over violence in films, the R-rated horror film Texas Chainsaw 3D slashed its way to the top of the box office over the weekend as it took in an estimated $23.3 million — far exceeding the $13-18 million that many forecasters thought it would make. Many had predicted that The […]

CLEAR SAILING FOR LIFE OF PI OVERSEAS

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, Ang Lee’s The Life of Pi, continued to sail on as the No. 1 film, even as it dropped out of the top ten domestically. It earned an additional $60.1 million to push its foreign total past the $300-million mark to $301.9 million. It has taken in $91.1 million domestically, bringing its worldwide total […]

WILL LEATHERFACE CUT DOWN THE HOBBIT?

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Only one new movie will be opening this weekend, and that one, Texas Chainsaw 3D, was not screened for critics. Although the movie is expected to perform well — despite all of the recent condemnation of violent films — most forecasters do not expect it to unseat The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the top […]

THE HOBBIT NEARS $500 MILLION OVERSEAS

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took an expected journey to the top of the overseas box office over the weekend; what was unexpected was the profitability of the journey, now in its third week. The film dipped just 12 percent from a week ago in those markets where it was playing last week, and it […]

BOX OFFICE JUMPING POST XMAS

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Boxing Day — the day after Christmas — is not celebrated in the U.S., but it certainly seemed as if a lot of people had taken the day off from work on Wednesday as the top three films each posted grosses in excess of $10 million. Leading the pack was Universal’s Les Miserables, which posted […]

BAGGINS & CREW BAG $36 MILLION AS THE HOBBIT STAYS NO. 1 (Updated)

December 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two of the box office’s biggest stars, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand, came crashing to Earth — well, Middle Earth — over the weekend as Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey overwhelmed all of its competition with an estimated $36 million, to bring its domestic tally to just under $150 million. It brought in […]

EIGHT NEW FILMS — COUNT ‘EM EIGHT! — TO OPEN OVER HOLIDAY

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pity the poor studio scheduler. Each one of them knew that if they had opened a movie a couple of weeks before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released — never mind the same weekend that it was — their movie would be killed. Their only alternative was to release theirs after The Hobbit‘s opening. […]

THE HOBBIT CROSSES $100 MILLION

December 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey brought in another $7.7 million on Monday and $7.9 million on Tuesday to push its total past the $100-million mark to $100,210,686 after five days in release. Warner Bros., which is distributing the film, estimated that it bagged another $6.3 million on Wednesday. Despite a deluge of new films set […]

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 […]

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