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'Star Wars 7' News: 'Jurassic World' & Christmas Box Office Records Shattered

'Star Wars 7' news: Laser sword shatters box office records. 'Star Wars 7' news: 'The Force Awakens' shatters 'Jurassic World' & Christmas records Dec. 27, '15, update: As expected, Star Wars 7 a.k.a. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken three major box office records this Christmas weekend (Dec. 25–27, […]

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to Become All-Time Worldwide Blockbuster?

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Oscar Isaac: Poe Dameron and pals NOT to become all-time box office champs? 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' NOT to become worldwide top-grossing movie of all time? Dec. 21, '15, update: J.J. Abrams' futuristic adventure movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most […]

'Ben-Hur' Movie: Christian Epic Became Costliest Production & Biggest Worldwide Blockbuster in History

'Ben-Hur' movie: Ramon Novarro starred in the silent version, at the time the most expensive film production and the biggest worldwide blockbuster in history. 'Ben-Hur' movie: Semi-biblical epic starring Ramon Novarro became most expensive and most successful blockbuster in history Christmas 2015 is just around the corner. That helps to […]

'The Martian' to Beat 'Gravity'? Either Way, Box Office Record Actually Belongs to a Comedy

'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life […]

'Hotel Transylvania 2' Box Office: Adam Sandler Biggest Opening Weekend Ever? Think Again

'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was […]

'Maze Runner 2' to Beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass'

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it […]

'War Room': Power of Prayer Christian Movie Surprises at Box Office

'War Room' movie: The Power of Prayer. The Power of Prayer at the domestic box office: 'War Room' (sort of) beats 'Straight Outta Compton' A miracle was needed for any of this weekend's new entries to beat the sleeper hit of 2015, F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, at the […]

'Straight Outta Compton' NOT to Become Top Box Office Hit by Black Filmmaker Anytime Soon

'Straight Outta Compton' poster. Weekend box office: 'Straight Outta Compton' to beat weak competitors, but still far from being top blockbuster directed by black filmmaker If you thought last weekend was bad at the U.S. and Canada box office, you should see what's in store for this weekend, Aug. 28-30, […]

'American Ultra' & 'Hitman: Agent 47' Bomb: Weekend Box Office

Sinister 2 poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' & 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra […]

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015 Movie: Saved by International Box Office?

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger co-star Armie Hammer, the […]

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected

'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like to remark on the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at […]

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Box Office: One of Biggest Flops of the Year

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Hollywood's third major domestic bomb in a row Right on the heels of Chris Columbus-Adam Sandler's Pixels and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four comes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series, directed […]

'Fantastic Four' Box Office: Worst Big-Budget Superhero Movie Opening This Century?

'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards a.k.a. Mister Fantastic in box office bomb-in-the-making. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic […]

'Fantastic Four' 2015 Box Office: Costly Flop?

'Fantastic Four' 2015: Expensive box office dud stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the […]

'Jurassic World' Box Office: Truly Beating 'The Avengers' Worldwide and Domestically?

'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office […]

'Pixels' Movie Box Office: Adam Sandler Beaten by 'Ant-Man'?, 'Trainwreck' Theater Shooting

Pixels movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend, July 24–26, thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels […]

'Ant-Man' Box Office: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe Domestic Debut

Ant-Man: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19. That didn't happen. A mere […]

'San Andreas' Movie Box Office: Feel Good Disaster Film Passes Milestone

'San Andreas' movie with Dwayne Johnson. 'San Andreas' movie box office: $100 million domestic milestone today As the old saying (sort of) goes: If you build it, they will come. Warner Bros. built a gigantic video game, called it San Andreas, and They have come to check out Dwayne Johnson […]

'Still Alice' vs 'Maps to the Stars': Julianne Moore Oscar Helps 1 Film

Still Alice with Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart. 'Still Alice' and 'Maps to the Star's box office: Julianne Moore Oscar helps only one movie (See previous post: “'The Lazarus Effect' Box Office: Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Arrives Comatose.”) The Oscars do matter. As mentioned in the previous post, Alejandro González […]

'The Lazarus Effect': Olivia Wilde Horror Movie Born Comatose

'The Lazarus Effect' with Olivia Wilde. 'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (See previous post: “'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.”) Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark […]

'Focus' Movie: Will Smith Third-Worst Box-Office Opening

'Focus' movie with Will Smith: Weekend box office dud. 'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box office debut of his career According to those referred to in polite society as “conservatives,” winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not […]

Box Office Mojo Mysteriously Disappears and Reappears

Box Office Mojo is back online following mysterious disappearance. Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source […]

'Gone Girl': David Fincher Biggest Debut?

'Gone Girl': David Fincher directs Ben Affleck. 'Gone Girl' weekend box office: Biggest David Fincher opening weekend ever? Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is expected to top the North American box office this weekend, Oct. 3-5, '14, while boasting Fincher's biggest domestic opening ever. Or maybe not – if […]

'No Good Deed' Movie Box Office Goes Unpunished Despite Rotten Reviews

'No Good Deed' movie with Idris Elba. 'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September […]

'The Other Woman' 2014: Cameron Diaz Panned Comedy Tops

'The Other Woman' 2014: Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton and Leslie Mann. 'The Other Woman' 2014 box office: Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann comedy to top North American box office chart despite mostly bad reviews Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other […]

'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Box Office: Weekend to Pass $100 Million Domestic?

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' box office: 'Captain America 2' to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (image: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier') The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: […]

'RoboCop' 2014: Full-Fledged Domestic Box Office Bomb

Joel Kinnaman in 'RoboCop' 2014 'RoboCop' 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Picture's $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there's no […]

Zac Efron 'That Awkward Moment' Weekend Box Office to Surpass Movie Budget?

Zac Efron movies: 'That Awkward Moment' box office disappoints on Super Bowl weekend - though grosses may surpass budget Zac Efron can be seen this weekend, January 31-Feb. 2, 2014, in That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy directed by Tom Gormican, and co-starring Miles Teller (the star of Sundance 2014 […]

'I, Frankenstein': Aaron Eckhart Reboot Dismal Box Office Bomb

'I, Frankenstein' box office: Frankenstein reboot is second domestic box office bomb of 2014 (image: buffed up, shirtless Aaron Eckhart in 'I, Frankenstein') Made for a reported $65 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses), the Lionsgate-distributed I, Frankenstein is surely not about to become a movie franchise. Directed by […]

Top Box Office Movies: Women to the Sidelines (Except Sandra Bullock) + What's the Actual Record-Breaking Year?

Top box office movie Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr. With a total gross of $409.01 million, the biggest commercial hit of 2013 in the U.S. and Canada is Shane Black's Iron Man 3; the third installment in the Robert Downey Jr.-led franchise has easily surpassed both of its […]

'The Hobbit 2' Box Office: Trailing Predecessor + Will Ferrell 'Anchorman 2' Bigger or Smaller?

The Hobbit 2 a.k.a. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. The sequel to the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened below expectations – and below its predecessor – in the U.S. and Canada. The […]

Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies: All-Star Crime Flick Biggest Box Office Hit?

Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber's Believe. A sort of sequel to Paramount's 3D box office hit Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Justin M. Chu's concert documentary Believe follows Canadian singer and teen/pre-teen sensation Justin Bieber as he embarks on the multi-continent, 33-city Believe Tour promoting his 2012 album of the […]

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': 2D Box Office Record Truly Broken?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. In 2012, Gary Ross' dystopian adventure drama The Hunger Games went on to gross $408.01 million in the U.S. and Canada; its Francis Lawrence-directed 2013 sequel, Catching Fire, will likely surpass it at the domestic box office and will […]

'Ender's Game' Movie Version of Anti-Gay Author's Sci-Fier to Become Next 'John Carter'?

'Ender's Game' movie to go the way of 'John Carter' & 'The Golden Compass'? Nov. 11, '13, update: Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, Ender's Game is going the way of Andrew Stanton's John Carter and Chris Weitz's The Golden Compass at the domestic box […]

'Thor 2': No Iron Man or Spider-Man, Superman or Batman

'Thor 2' box office: 'The Avengers' bump not enough to propel Thor into 'super man' territory Nov. 10, '13, update: Directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor 2 – officially Thor: The Dark World – debuted in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, Nov. 7, '13, collecting an […]

'Gravity' Film: Top Ten Box Office Chart But No Opening Weekend Record

'Gravity' film to pass $200 million at domestic box office next weekend? Oct. 23, '13, update: Starring Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón's thriller Gravity will quite likely pass the $200 million milestone at the North American box office this coming weekend, Oct. 25–27, '13. Gravity's […]

Tom Hanks 'Captain Phillips': One of Actor's Best Openings This Century

Tom Hanks' 'Captain Phillips' weekend box office: One of Hanks' biggest domestic openings in the past decade Oct. 13, '13, update: Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role – though you wouldn't know it by looking at the film's poster – Paul Greengrass' inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed […]

'Meatballs' Smash Chris Hemsworth & Joseph Gordon-Levitt 'Rush'

'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' box office: Sequel easily tops North America's Friday chart Sept. 28, '13, update: By Sunday evening, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will have provided further evidence that moviegoers are eager for new and original […]

'The Butler': 'True Story' Movie Reaches Milestone + 'Insidious: Chapter 2' 2nd Biggest September Opening

Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in 'The Butler' 'The Butler': 'True story' drama passes $100 million milestone at North American box office Sept. 17, '13, update: Hailed as a sleeper hit upon its North American release in mid-August, Lee Daniels' The Butler, featuring an all-star […]

Vin Diesel 'Riddick' Box Office: Disappointing or Great?

Vin Diesel 'Riddick' box office: Underwhelming domestic debut Universal's distribution chief Nikki Rocco may have called Riddick's opening-weekend figures “a great result,” but an estimated $18.7 million from 3,107 North American theaters – $2.5 million of that total from 314 IMAX locations – for an action-packed sequel starring Vin Diesel […]

'This Is Us' Trailer + One Direction Movie Has Solid First Day But Soon Plummets

One Direction members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson 'One Direction: This Is Us' movie weekend box office: One of steepest Friday-to-Saturday drops ever The 3D concert movie One Direction: This Is Us failed to get even close to the $20 million mark at the […]

Oprah Winfrey 'The Butler' Box Office: Late Summer Sleeper Hit?

Oprah Winfrey to help 'The Butler' top the domestic box office? (Image: Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard in 'The Butler') About a week ago, Oprah Winfrey was in the news for being told that a $38,000 crocodile-skin purse at a store in Zurich wasn't really for her. The uproar was related […]

Matt Damon Space Movie 'Elysium': Trailing 'District 9'?

Matt Damon 'Elysium' movie box office: weekend leader? Aug. 11, '13, update: Directed by the widely acclaimed District 9's Neill Blomkamp, the R-rated futuristic sociopolitical thriller Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, should have no trouble landing in the top spot at the North American box office this weekend. […]

Ramon Novarro: Gay 'Latin Lover' Was First Hispanic Hollywood Superstar

Ramon Novarro. Ramon Novarro: Mexican-born actor was first Latin American Hollywood superstar Mexican-born actor Ramon Novarro, the original Ben-Hur and one of MGM's biggest stars of the late '20s and early '30s, has his Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day on Thursday, Aug. 8. First, The Bad News: […]

'2 Guns': Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg Flop?

'2 Guns' weekend box office: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington pairing disappointing? A limp “low $20 million” range, is what 2 Guns U.S. distributor Universal claims it's expecting at the North American box office from the first-ever pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg – as momentous a cinematic occasion, if […]

'The Wolverine' 2013 Movie: Major Disappointment?

'The Wolverine' 2013 movie box office: Latest domestic summer season disappointment Starring Hugh Jackman, the James Mangold-directed The Wolverine debuted with a way lower than expected $21 million from 3,924 venues (3,063 of which in 3D) on Friday, July 26, 2013, including $4 million from Thursday evening and midnight shows, […]

'The Conjuring': Real Horror Movie Record? + 'Turbo' Disappoints

paranormal investigator Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring The Conjuring movie may have broken horror genre box office record - even considering inflation July 22, '13, update: James Wan's Warner Bros.-distributed horror movie The Conjuring, starring Patrick Wilson (Little Children, Watchmen) and 2009 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up […]

'Grown Ups 2' Among Biggest Adam Sandler Hits & 'Pacific Rim' Disappoints

Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2. Adam Sandler Grown Ups 2: One of Sandler's biggest domestic openings ever? Directed by Dennis Dugan, and starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James, Grown Ups 2 opened with $41.5 million from 3,491 North American locations this past weekend, July 12-14, […]

'The Lone Ranger' 2013 One of Johnny Depp Biggest Bombs

'Despicable Me 2' Despicable Me 2 easily tops domestic box office as 'The Lone Ranger' 2013 bombs July 8, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of the July 5-7, '13, top twelve movies at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at As expected, the $76 […]

'Man of Steel' vs. 'Superman' Movies & Henry Cavill Films + Domestic Milestone Passed

possibly after his Man of Steel workout, Henry Cavill chats with director Zack Snyder Man of Steel 2013 box office: $250 million milestone in North America July 3, '13, update: Directed by Zack Snyder, and starring Henry Cavill, Man of Steel passed the $250 million milestone at the North American […]

Roland Emmerich Worst Opening Weekend in Two Decades + Sandra Bullock Biggest Ever

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat Sandra Bullock The Heat: Bullock's biggest opening weekend at domestic box office? July 1, '13, update: Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig's buddy comedy The Heat opened with a remarkable – and better than initially expected – $39.11 million at […]

Zombie World War & Studious Monsters Bring Down Superman

Monsters University and World War Z box office: Monsters hungry for knowledge and zombies hungry for humans bring down Man of Steel June 24, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of this past weekend, June 21–23, '13, at the North American box office. If studio estimates found at are […]

'After Earth': Will Smith & M. Night Shyamalan Sci-Fier Fizzles

After Earth box office: Will Smith / M. Night Shyamalan sci-fier to open at highly disappointing no. 3? (Image: Will Smith and Jaden Smith in After Earth) Starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth opened with a highly disappointing $9.8 million – including $1 […]

'Fast & Furious 6' to Boast Biggest F&F Debut?

Dwayne Johnson in 'Fast & Furious 6' Fast & Furious 6 weekend box office: Biggest Fast and Furious domestic opening ever? Fast & Furious 6 will easily top Memorial Day weekend at the North American box office. According to studio estimates found at, the Justin Lin-directed action thriller featuring […]

'Star Trek: Into Darkness': Highly Disappointing Debut?

Star Trek: Into Darkness weekend box office: Downright disappointing domestic debut (image: Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness) J.J. Abrams' Star Trek: Into Darkness, featuring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, took in an estimated $22 million at 3,668 […]

'The Great Gatsby' 2013: Second Best Leonardo DiCaprio Debut Ever?

'The Great Gatsby' 2013 with Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby movie box office: DiCaprio's second biggest opening ever – but trailing Titanic in ticket sales May 13, '13, update: The Great Gatsby movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel earned $50.08m at the North American box office […]

'Iron Man' Movie Sequel: Second Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend Ever?

'Iron Man 3' with Robert Downey Jr. 'Iron Man 3' box office: Second biggest domestic debut ever? May 4, '13, update: Directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man 3 will likely boast the second biggest opening weekend ever at the North American box office – not […]

'Oblivion': Tom Cruise Best Opening in Nearly a Decade?

'Oblivion' with Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise Oblivion easily tops North American box office; Cruise's best opening since 2006 Tom Cruise is back on top at the North American box office, having had his biggest domestic opening weekend in seven years. According to April 19-21 weekend box office actuals found at […]

Jackie Robinson Movie '42': Baseball Films' Biggest Opening Ever?

Jackie Robinson movie '42' Jackie Robinson movie '42' weekend box office: Best opening ever for a baseball movie? The Jackie Robinson biopic 42, written and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland, and starring Chadwick Boseman and veteran Harrison Ford (from The Conversation and Star Wars to Cowboys & Aliens), […]

'Evil Dead' Easily Brings Down 'Jurassic Park 3D' Dinosaurs

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Shirtless Studs & Big Guns Tops + Stephenie Meyer 'The Host' Bombs

'The Host' with Jake Abel. The Host box office: Movie version of Stephenie Meyer book flops April 1, '13, update: Writer-director Andrew Niccol's movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's science-fiction novel The Host opened in sixth place on the domestic box office chart, with a paltry $10.6 million at 3,202 locations, […]

'Olympus Has Fallen' Enjoys Year's Biggest R-Rated Thriller Debut & Paul Rudd Flops

DreamWorks Animation The Croods box office: Solid, though hardly outstanding domestic debut The Croods, DreamWorks Animation's first movie distributed under a new deal with 20th Century Fox (following six years, 2006-2012, at Paramount), will be the undisputable box office champ this weekend, March 22-24. Directed by Kirk De Micco and […]

'Spring Breakers': Girls Gone Wild + Eclectic James Franco

Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens Spring Breakers: Surprising box office debut March 18, '13, update: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco are three of the stars of Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's low-budget crime comedy-drama that boasts 2013's highest per-theater average to date. According to North American weekend box office […]

'The Call' Surprises Halle Berry & 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Mammoth Bomb

'The Call' with Halle Berry. Halle Berry The Call box office surprises Oz the Great and Powerful will maintain a strong lead at the North American box office this weekend, chiefly because Friday's two new releases, the Halle Berry thriller The Call and the Steve Carell / Jim Carrey comedy […]

'Dead Man Down' Is Major Colin Farrell Bomb & Pedro Almodóvar Biggest Hits

'Dead Man Down' with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. 'Dead Man Down': Colin Farrell latest box office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, whose Swedish-made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box office standing has suffered a series of major setbacks […]

'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco Fantasy One of Biggest March Openings Ever

'Oz the Great and Powerful' with James Franco and Michelle Williams. James Franco 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Below expectations, but one of biggest March openings ever March 11, '13, update: Starring James Franco as the magician who becomes The Wizard of Oz, Sam Raimi's $200m+-budgeted Oz the Great and […]

'Jack the Giant Slayer' Dismal Debut

'Jack the Giant Slayer' with Ewan McGregor. Jack the Giant Slayer box office: Dreadful February followed by drab early March at North American box office Following a dreadful February at the domestic box office – down 38 percent from last year – things are looking even more drab in March […]

'A Good Day to Die Hard': Bruce Willis' Lowest-Grossing DH Movie in North America?

Bruce Willis in 'A Good Day to Die Hard.' Bruce Willis' 'A Good Day to Die Hard' has no good weekend at domestic box office The latest Bruce Willis Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, is having a merely acceptable weekend at the North American box office. […]

Melissa McCarthy 'Identity Thief': Best Opening Weekend of the Year?

Melissa McCarthy Identity Thief overperforms; Steven Soderbergh Side Effects disappoints: Box office Starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, the Seth Gordon-directed comedy Identity Thief grossed an estimated $11.2 million at 3,141 theaters on Friday, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That's considerably above expectations. As a result, instead […]

Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Beating Steven Spielberg & Harrison Ford?

Tom Cruise (Top Gun 3D) to beat Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford? Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, which opened in late December 2012, hasn't been a major hit at the domestic box office. (See more info below.) However, Cruise can boast a solid early 2013 North American opening – in limited […]

'Bullet to the Head': Sylvester Stallone Biggest Bomb in Three Decades

'Bullet to the Head' with Sylvester Stallone. Sylvester Stallone Bullet to the Head movie: Stallone's worst box office debut in more than three decades Feb. 4, '13, update: The Sylvester Stallone action movie Bullet to the Head suffered the worst box office debut of a Sylvester Stallone star vehicle in […]

'The Last Stand': Arnold Schwarzenegger Worst Box Office Bomb?

Arnold Schwarzenegger 'The Last Stand': Worst box office bomb in Schwarzenegger's career? Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie-star vehicle since Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, the Lionsgate release The Last Stand opened in North America last Friday, January 18. Expectations weren't high: Reviews have been mixed – […]

Golden Globes Box Office Boost: From 'Argo' to 'Lincoln'

Golden Globes 2013 box office bump The Golden Globes are undeniable domestic box office boosters. True, the Globes' box office bump may not last long, but let's not forget that a DVD/Blu-ray cover with the tagline “Winner of 1/2/3/etc. Golden Globe(s)” is a solid marketing tool, no matter how many […]

'Zero Dark Thirty' Controversy Sells: Box Office vs. 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Black Hawk Down'

Zero Dark Thirty: Controversy boosts weekend box office Familiarity may breed contempt (if you're around the wrong person), but controversy surely breeds box office sales (if said controversy takes place at the time of the film's release). Blasted by Righteous U.S. congressmen and women, by CIA honchos (who always tell […]

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 among top six movies in Brazilian box office 'history' Jan. 6, '13, update: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are back together for the last time in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The […]

'Skyfall': Most Successful James Bond Movie Ever Made?

Skyfall with the Aston Martin DB5 and Daniel Craig as James Bond a.k.a. Agent 007. The 23rd James Bond movie in the series begun with Terence Young's Dr. No half a century ago, Sam Mendes' Skyfall may turn out to be the most successful Bond of all at the worldwide […]

Kristen Stewart vs. Robert Pattinson Box Office Flop Comparison Infuriates Fans

Kristen Stewart at the On the Road U.S. premiere in New York City. A major international name, Kristen Stewart rose to fame after being cast as the lovestruck Bella Swan in Catherine Hardwicke's 2008 film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling fantasy novel Twilight. Chris Weitz's New Moon, David Slade's Eclipse, and Bill Condon's […]

'On the Road': Kristen Stewart Movie Flops + Fans Outraged Re: Robert Pattinson Indie Comparison

On the Road with Kristen Stewart. Shot in late 2010, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in spring 2012, and re-edited for the American market a few months later, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel On the Road landed with a thud at the U.S. box […]

'Jack Reacher': Tom Cruise Flops? + Barbra Streisand Bombs & Bette Midler Surprises

Jack Reacher movie with Tom Cruise. One of the top box office stars of the last three decades – e.g., Top Gun, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, Mission: Impossible & sequels – Tom Cruise has had his ups and downs at the domestic box office in the last five years or […]

'The Hobbit': Domestic Blockbuster or Box Office Disappointment + Surprising Victor Hugo Musical Hit

The Hobbit with the Gollum a.k.a. Andy Serkis. Starring Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first installment in the cinematic trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's (not all that long) 1937 novel The Hobbit – is both a domestic blockbuster and […]

'Killing Them Softly': Brad Pitt Worst Wide Box Office Debut Ever + Another 'Twilight' Landmark

Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt. Directed by Andrew Dominik and toplining one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly is about to have the worst opening weekend ever of any Pitt star vehicle in wide release. Screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, […]

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Biggest Worldwide Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Hit?

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Most successful Twilight movie worldwide? Dec. 10 Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, is now officially […]

'Lincoln' Film: Steven Spielberg Period Political Drama Far Surpasses Expectations

Lincoln film with Daniel Day-Lewis. Initially known as a filmmaker whose target audience consisted of children, teenagers, and assorted movie-thrill seekers, Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) began expanding his range with the highly successful melodrama The Color Purple (1985). Since then, Spielberg has mixed commercial fluff/thrill […]

'Wreck-It Ralph' Box Office: No. 1 Movie by Far?

Denzel Washington in Flight. Denzel Washington Flight has strong, but hardly sensational debut Nov. 4 Denzel Washington's R-rated drama Flight, Robert Zemeckis' first live-action feature since 2000, way overperformed as the no. 2 movie on the North American box office chart this weekend, Nov. 2-4. With an estimated $25.1 million […]

Dagny Taggart Bombs Miserably: Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged' Heroine Victim of Free Market or Censorship?

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 box office: Still (barely) there on weekend no. 4 Nov. 4, '12, update: Atlas Shrugged: Part II, the critically panned second installment in a planned movie trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel, is still playing in North America. (Image: Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Samantha Mathis as […]

'Cloud Atlas': One of Tom Hanks' Worst Opening Weekends Ever

Tom Hanks Cloud Atlas box office: One of Hanks' weakest (wide-release) debuts ever Oct. 28, '12, update: Featuring Academy Award winners Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Jim Broadbent (plus Hugh Grant), and directed by The Matrix's Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer's Tom […]

'Alex Cross' Tyler Perry Worst Box Office Bomb & 'Paranormal Activity 4' Big Disappointment

Paranormal Activity 4, Tyler Perry's Alex Cross box office actuals below estimates; Ben Affleck's Argo holds on Oct. 22, '12, update: We all knew that Paramount's Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman-directed Paranormal Activity 4 opened way below expectations this past weekend, Oct. 19-21, at the domestic box office. Box-office actuals […]

'Taken 2' vs. 'Argo': Liam Neeson Battles Ben Affleck & 'Frankenweenie'

Ben Affleck Argo movie. Ben Affleck Argo movie weekend box office: Behind Taken 2 and Sinister? Oct. 13 afternoon update: Ben Affleck's Argo opened in third place on Friday, having grossed quite a bit less than (the lower end of) early estimates (see further below). Starring Bryan Cranston and Affleck, […]

Barack Obama Movie '2016': NOT 2nd Most Successful Political Documentary Ever

Barack Obama movie '2016' about to end its run Oct. 6, '12, update: 2016 Obama's America is on its last legs at the domestic box office. Despite recent claims of an “organized misinformation campaign” against Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary – a strategy that could have raised the […]

'Hotel Transylvania' Not Exactly September Record & Sleeper Hit 'Looper' No Chinese Blockbuster

Looper 2012: Joseph Gordon-Levitt sci-fier tops North American box office two weekdays in a row Oct. 4, '12, update: Looper, the October 2012 sleeper hit starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, surpassed last weekend's top movie, Hotel Transylvania, two days in a row this week: on Tuesday, Oct. 2 ($2.36 […]

'Trouble with the Curve & 'Dredd 3D' Bomb

Clint Eastwood Trouble with the Curve box office: Disappointing debut Trouble with the Curve, The House at the End of the Street, End of Watch, and Dredd: four new releases, four box office disappointments as the end of summer/early fall blues at the North American box office continue unabated. Particularly […]

'The Intouchables' Movie: French Blockbuster & Brazilian Clown Among Oscar Submissions

The Intouchables: France's 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry The Intouchables, France's biggest French-language blockbuster at the international box-office, is that country's official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Distributed by The Weinstein Company in North America, The Intouchables has to date grossed a not […]

'Resident Evil: Retribution' Franchise's Worst Ever & 'The Master' Scores

Milla Jovovich Resident Evil: Retribution, Pixar's Finding Nemo 3D underperform at the domestic box office Sept. 16, '12, update: Starring Milla Jovovich, Resident Evil: Retribution topped the North American box office this weekend (Sept. 14-16), taking in $21.1 million (including $665,000 from Thursday midnight screenings) at 3,012 locations according to […]

'Dark Knight' Movies Box Office Comparison + Colin Farrell Sci-Fi Remake Bombs

The Dark Knight Rises. 'The Dark Knight Rises' passes $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office Sept. 10 update: The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, is lagging far behind its predecessor, The Dark Knight, at the domestic box office. Outside North America, however, The […]

Bradley Cooper & Henry Cavill Movies: One of Worst Weekends in Two Decades

Henry Cavill in 'The Cold Light of Day.' Bradley Cooper & Henry Cavill movies: Opening weekend one of the worst in two decades Sept. 9, '12, update: The studios have released the box office results – or rather, estimates – for this weekend's moviegoing attendance in North America. Okay, so […]

Obama Movie '2016' vs. 'Fahrenheit 9/11': Ridiculous Comparisons

Obama movie '2016' vs. Fahrenheit 9/11: Absurd comparisons Aug. 28 update: Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's right-wing documentary 2016 Obama's America had a solid first-wide-weekend run in North America on the eve of the Republican National Convention currently being held in Tampa, Florida. (To be blessed by the Archbishop of […]

'The Avengers' Return Bombs & 'The Possession' Scary

Labor Day weekend box office verdict: Scary Sept. 3, '12, update: Labor Day is generally a slow holiday at the North American box office. Why? Good question. Perhaps that's merely a Hollywood tradition – as the tail end of the movie summer season, Labor Day weekend has usually been a […]

'Cosmopolis' 2012 Bombs: Reporting Facts = Anti-Robert Pattinson Bias?

'Cosmopolis' 2012 with Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon. Robert Pattinson 'Cosmopolis' movie: Highly unlikely further expansion Sept. 4, '12, update: Starring Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis had a solid debut at three U.S. theaters two weekends ago. (The film was screened in Canada – and surprisingly flopped badly – last […]

'2016' Movie: Anti-Obama Documentary a Right-Wing Blockbuster?

'2016' movie weekend box office: Solid but at lower end of expectations Aug. 26, '12, update: The Republican national convention kicks off on Monday, Aug. 27, in Tampa, Florida. Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's right-wing documentary about U.S. president Barack Obama (photo), 2016 Obama's America, was a cinematic tie-in to […]

'2016 Obama's America' Movie: Box Office Bomb or Arthouse Hit?

2016 Obama's America Movie: Box-Office Bomb or 'Arthouse' Hit? Distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, the same company that last year handled the distribution of the box office disaster Atlas Shrugged: Part I – so disastrous, in fact, that parts II and III were initially scrapped – 2016 Obama's America has […]