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Biggest Blockbusters of the Year: Do American Audiences Really Want ‘Quality Movies’?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Channing Tatum
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra with Channing Tatum.

Sept. 6 update:The Final Destination held on to the No. 1 spot at the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend with $12.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

New Line Cinema’s David R. Ellis-directed horror sequel scored an average of $3,984 per theater at 3,121 locations, bringing its domestic total to $47.5 million after a little more than one week in release.

At No. 2, new entry All About Steve brought in a disappointing $11.2 million from ticket sales at 2,251 locations. Starring Sandra Bullock, the comedy follows a hyperactive crossword-puzzle constructor who stops at nothing to be close to the love of her life (Bradley Cooper).

Aug. 30 update: New Line Cinema’s horror thriller The Final Destination slashed its competition at the North American box office, taking the No. 1 spot with a solid $28.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The David R. Ellis-directed fourth installment in the popular series delivered a better opening weekend than its predecessors, scoring an average of $9,079 per theater at 3,121 locations. The Final Destination is currently playing in both 3D and standard format.

Aug. 23

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds stormed the North American box office, securing the No. 1 spot this weekend with an estimated $37.6 million in ticket sales, the biggest opening ever for a Tarantino film.

Inglourious Basterds was screened at 3,165 locations, scoring a solid average of $11,881 per theater. In the R-rated WWII drama, Brad Pitt stars as Lt. Aldo Raine, who assembles a gang of Jewish soldiers making it their mission to kill every Nazi they encounter on their way to Paris.

Meanwhile, Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, starring Channing Tatum (above), slipped to third place, earning $12.5 million for a cumulative gross of $120.5 million. Following at No. 4 with $10 million was The Time Traveler’s Wife, with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, which brought its domestic total to $37.4 million.

Aug. 16

Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi actioner District 9 flew past its competition to the top spot at the North American box office this weekend with $37 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Pulling strong reviews, the Peter Jackson-produced film scored a solid average of $12,135 per theater at 3,049 locations. District 9 is set in a world where unwelcomed aliens are living as refugees in slump-like conditions on Earth.

Aug. 10

Paramount’s summer actioner G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra raced to the top of the North American box office this weekend with a solid $56.2 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed by Stephen Sommers and based on the popular Hasbro action figure, the film starring Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans and Sienna Miller scored an average of $14,025 per theater at 4,007 locations.

Aug. 2

Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, Funny People, jumped to the top of the North American box office this weekend with $23.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The R-rated film, which received mixed reviews, scored an average of $7,793 per theater at 3,008 locations. Starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann, Funny People follows the adventures of a stand-up comedian having a near-death experience.

July 26

Walt Disney’s 3D-animated flick G-Force topped the North American box office with $32.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Jerry-Bruckheimer-produced film follows a squad of smart guinea pigs trying to stop a ruthless villain from taking over the world. The film grabbed an average of $8,697 per theater at 3,697 locations.

July 20

David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with a solid $79.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Since its opening Wednesday, the sixth installment in the popular series has collected a stunning $159.6 million at 4,325 locations. Daniel Radcliffe returns as Harry Potter, who explores the dark past of Voldemort while the forces of the Dark Lord create further terror at Hogwarts and in the world of muggles.

July 13

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno jumped to the top spot at the North American box office with a solid $30.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Larry Charles-directed comedy debuted at 2,756 locations Friday, beating the opening weekend gross of Borat by $4 million. (It should be noted that Borat opened in considerably fewer theaters.) In Brüno, Cohen plays a flamboyant gay Austrian fashionista heading to Los Angeles to become the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler.

July 5

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs tied for the No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with $42.5 million each, according to studio estimates Sunday.

While Michael Bay’s sequel lifted its domestic total to an impressive $293.4 million after only a little more than a week in release, the third installment in the Ice Age series brought its total to $67.5 million.

Playing at 4,099 locations, Dawn of the Dinosaurs scored an average of $10,360 per theater, while Revenge of the Fallen pulled $10,038 per theater at a total of 4,234 locations.

Critical bomb is audience favorite: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

June 29 update: “If you build, they will come.” That’s a classic line from a near-classic movie about corn cobs and ball playing and father-son relationships. A little paraphrasing – if you build big bad bots, add lots of explosions and idiotized dialogue – would result in a perfect description of the current leader at the domestic (U.S. and Canada) box office: Michael Bay’s critically lambasted Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

As found at Box Office Mojo, over the course of five days – since its Wednesday opening – the Transformers sequel debuted with an impressive $200.1 million from 4,234 locations, of which $108.9 million on the June 26–28 proper. Its $62 million first-day gross is reportedly the highest ever for a Wednesday.

That once again proves that moviegoers want quality fare, no matter what know-nothing film critics have to say. Starring in this sure-to-become 2050s cult classic are Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, and Josh Duhamel.

As per various sources, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had a $200 million production budget, not including marketing and distribution expenses. These could easily add another $100 million to the cost of Bay’s flick.

June 21 update: Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, Anne Fletcher’s romantic comedy The Proposal was the top movie at the North American box office this weekend with $34.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Proposal scored an average of $11,163 per theater at 3,056 locations. The plot follows an overbearing book editor who forces her assistant into marrying her when she faces deportation to Canada.

May 17 update: Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons topped the North American box office with $48 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The latest big-screen adaptation of one of Dan Brown’s popular novels struggled to beat J.J. AbramsStar Trek, which came in a close second with another $43 million this weekend. The sci-fi reboot’s domestic total currently stands at $147.6 million.

In Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks reprises his role as professor Robert Langdon, who heads to the Vatican to solve a murder and help prevent a ruthless terrorist attack. The film scored $29 million less on opening weekend than its predecessor, The Da Vinci Code.

May 10 update: Moviegoers beamed up J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot to the No. 1 spot at the North American box office, with a solid $72.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg, Star Trek lifted its early domestic total to $76.5 million (counting revenues from Thursday’s evening screenings).

Last week’s box office winner X-Men Origins: Wolverine dropped to second place, earning $27 million. Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, and Liev Schreiber, the film brought its total haul to $129.6 million after two weeks in theaters.

May 3: Online leak or no, X-Men Origins: Wolverine slashed its competition at the North American box office with a remarkable $87 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Released by 20th Century Fox, the Gavin Hood-directed action spectacle scored an average of $21,225 per theater at 4,099 locations.

Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, the film follows Wolverine as he seeks revenge against the evil-minded Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber) and William Stryker (Danny Huston). Also in the cast are Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Kitsch.

‘Obsessed’ Beyoncé & ’17 Again’ Zac Efron

April 26 update: Beyoncé Knowles’ Obsessed defeated its competition at the North American box office with $28.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In the Steve Shill-directed thriller, Idris Elba co-stars as a successful asset manager who gets into trouble with his wife (Knowles) when his new temp (Ali Larter) starts stalking him.

At No. 2, last week’s box office winner 17 Again collected another $11.6 million, lifting its domestic total to $39.9 million. Starring Zac Efron, the comedy follows a 37-year-old who gets to relive his past as a 17-year-old.

April 19: Zac Efron’s latest teen comedy, 17 Again, beat the competition at the North American box office this weekend with $24 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed by Burr Steers, the film follows a 37-year-old man who despises his existence and gets to relive his past as a 17-year-old. Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon and Michelle Trachtenberg co-star.

Fast & Furious: Vin Diesel-Paul Walker actioner easily tops box office

April 5:Fast & Furious easily outraced its competition at the North American box office this weekend with a stunning $72.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com. The return of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious lead roles proved to be quite lucrative, as the fourth installment in the popular action series delivered a better opening weekend than any of its three predecessors. (Image: Fast & Furious Vin Diesel.)

March 8

Zack Snyder’s Watchmen stormed the North American box office this weekend with $55.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The big-screen adaptation of the celebrated graphic novel scored the widest release ever for an R-rated film, opening at 3,611 locations. The film also collected $4.5 million from midnight screenings early Friday.

Still, Watchmen failed to beat Snyder’s last film 300, which debuted at 3,280 locations two years ago and delivered a $70.8 million opening weekend gross.

At No. 2, Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail earned another $8.8 million, reaching a domestic total of $76.5 million after three weeks in release. Perry’s latest has already surpassed the $63.2 million total gross of its predecessor, Madea’s Family Reunion.

Madea Tops

March 2 update: Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail topped the North American box office for the second consecutive weekend with $16.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The latest installment in the popular Madea series regained momentum Saturday and Sunday after briefly losing its No. 1 spot to new entry Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. The film’s domestic total currently stands at $64.8 million.

Feb. 24

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail took over the North American box office this weekend with $41.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Not only did the latest installment in Perry’s popular series completely dominate its competition, but the film also managed to beat the $30 million opening weekend gross of 2006’s Madea’s Family Reunion. This time around, Madea goes to prison, where she quickly befriends and inspires a troubled prostitute.

Marley and Me Owen Wilson Jennifer Aniston: Box office beats Adam Sandler + Brad PittMarley & Me with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the dog Clyde. Directed by David Frankel, the canine comedy-drama has once again topped the domestic box office, beating big-name competitors such as Adam Sandler (Bedtime Stories), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Tom Cruise (Valkyrie).

Weekend box office: Marley & Me once again beats Adam Sandler & Brad Pitt + Tom Cruise

Jan. 5 update: This early January 2009, Marley & Me topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, with $24 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

As found at boxofficemojo.com, David Frankel’s comedy-drama starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston easily dominated the competition all week long, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $106.5 million after barely two weeks in release.

At no. 2, Adam Sandler’s Bedtime Stories picked up another $20.3 million, reaching a total haul of $85.3 million. The Adam Shankman-directed comedy stars Sandler as a hotel handyman whose bedtime stories become true the next day.

Meanwhile, David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button raked in $18.4 million in third place, lifting its cumulative gross to $79 million. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the movie tells the story of a man who mysteriously ages backwards.

Bryan Singer’s World War II drama Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise as a Nazi officer who plots to assassinate Hitler, clung to the no. 4 spot, with a weekend gross of $14 million and a total of $60.6 million. Also in the Valkyrie cast are Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Carice van Houten.

Jim Carrey & Will Smith slow down

Following in fifth place with $13.8 million was Jim Carrey’s Yes Man, which brought its domestic total to $79.4 million after three weeks in release.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Yes Man stars Carrey as Carl, a bitter man who decides to change his life by saying Yes to anything and everything for a whole year. That makes Carl the near-exact opposite of the Doris Day character in the 1950 musical comedy Tea for Two (from Broadway’s No No Nanette), who must say No to everything for 24 hours.

Also in the Yes Man cast: Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper.

At no. 6, Sony Pictures’ drama Seven Pounds took in $10 million for a cumulative gross of $60 million. Directed by Gabriele Muccino and starring Will Smith – who had previously collaborated on the highly successful The Pursuit of Happyness – the movie follows an IRS agent who embarks on a quest to drastically change the lives of seven strangers.

Bedtime Stories Adam Sandler Teresa Palmer: Box office below expectationsBedtime Stories with Adam Sandler and Teresa Palmer. The latest Adam Sandler comedy, Bedtime Stories, had a more modest-than-expected domestic debut, getting bitten (bad pun intended) by the canine movie Marley & Me at the U.S. and Canada box office. With $27.45 million on opening weekend, Bedtime Stories landed well below the recent Adam Sandler star vehicles I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry ($34.23 million), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan ($38.53 million), and Click ($40.01 million).

Weekend box office: ‘Marley & Me’ beats Adam Sandler

Dec. 28 update: David Frankel’s comedy-drama Marley & Me raced to the top of the North American box office this weekend, with $37 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. Marley & Me‘s domestic total currently stands at an impressive $51.6 million after only four days in release.

At no. 2, Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, Bedtime Stories, brought in $28 million, reaching a cumulative gross of $38.5 million. At no. 3 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button collected $27 million, lifting its total gross to $39 million after a strong four-day run.

Following at no. 4 with $21.5 million was the Bryan Singer-Tom Cruise collaboration Valkyrie, which brought its cumulative gross to $30 million.

The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 Keanu Reeves. Panned sci-fi remake box officeThe Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 with Keanu Reeves. U.S. critics have mostly derided Scott Derrickson’s remake of the 1951 Robert Wise sci-fi classic, but North American audiences did – at least on the film’s first weekend out – embrace it. After grossing $31 million on its debut, The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 might have eventually reached the $100 million mark domestically – except for the fact that on weekend no. 2 it was down nearly 70 percent. Barring a box office miracle, that particular domestic milestone now lies beyond reach. In the 1951 original, Michael Rennie had Reeves’ role – the alien who makes the mistake of attempting to warn humankind of its likely destruction.

Weekend box office: Destroyed by critics, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ destroys competition

Dec. 14 update: 20th Century Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still remake destroyed its competition at the North American box office, with $31 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

Scott Derrickson’s critically panned remake of the 1951 sci-fi thriller directed by Robert Wise opened at 3,560 locations, landing at the no. 1 spot early Friday.

Last weekend’s box office champion, Four Christmases, dropped to second place, earning $13.2 million, for a domestic total of $87.9 million after a strong three-week run.

Four Christmases Reese Witherspoon Vince Vaughn: Actress back atop box office chartFour Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Following a trio of post-Walk the Line box office disappointments – Rendition, Penelope, Just Like Heaven – Reese Witherspoon returns to the top of the North American box office chart with Four Christmases. In fact, when it comes to Witherspoon’s personal box office chart, Seth Gordon’s holiday comedy’s $31.06 million opening-weekend gross trails only that of Andy Tennant’s Sweet Home Alabama, which collected $35.64 million back in September 2002.

Weekend box office: ‘Four Christmases’ once again tops box office as trio of new releases bomb

Dec. 8 update:Four Christmases topped the U.S. and Canada box office for the second consecutive weekend, with $18.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

The holiday comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn easily dominated the competition, lifting its domestic total to $70.8 million.

This week’s new releases weren’t that lucky, with Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone, with Ray Stevenson, delivering the least dismal result at no. 8 with $4 million.

Cadillac Records, starring Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright, closely followed in ninth place with a paltry $3.5 million.


Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and the dog Clyde Marley & Me image: 20th Century Fox.

Teresa Palmer and Adam Sandler Bedtime Stories image: Tracy Bennett / Disney Enterprises.

Keanu Reeves The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 image: 20th Century Fox.

Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon Four Christmases image: New Line / Warner Bros.

“Box Office: Canine Star Beats Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler & Tom Cruise + Reese Witherspoon Back at the Top” last updated in March 2018.

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Alexander Miller -

i love watching GI Joe, both the cartoon series and the movie. I am hoping that they would make a sequel. ‘

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Krisse -

Cobra commander and Duke are two of my favorite GI Joe characters. the movie is great and i am waiting for a sequel of gi joe perhaps maybe next year or so.

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Vincent -

i love the graphics and special effects on the GI JOE Movie. the story line and action sequences are good too.

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Caramoan17 -

When i was a kid, i watched GI Joe animated version on TV all the time. GI Joe Movie is also a very good rendition of the original GI Joe cartoon series.
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wilynillie -

Let’s not watch it.
HORRIBLE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
Stupid, made for morons

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jubilee -

I watched Final Des 4 in 3D so I saw eveything like a real !
There is nothing in content just having good idea on how each people die ^^!

Let’s watch it !

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ulises -

you guys dont know anything about movie making tarantino is a great director the technique is different the movie is great you are doing fine quentin….ulises…miami fla

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Movie Producer -

People were expecting Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie will be on top, the cuteness of this 3D-animated flick G-Force made them to the top. That was a close fight between the 2 movies. Congratsulations

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