“Sucker Punch” becomes the latest geek-focused film to underperform at the box office as the PG-13 action/fantasy self-described as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns” made just below $20 million, which is about where “Kick-Ass” landed a little less than a year ago. The film drew the ire of most critics, but so did “Diary of [...]
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“Limitless” surprised as the number one film this weekend with nearly $19 million, but the 2011 box office continued to wane. New films “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Paul” also did reasonably well based on expectations, but not enough to bolster a relatively dull March. Bradley Cooper, however, is singing, as he has clearly established his [...]
Continuing to prove the effectiveness of low-budget alien flicks with extensive marketing, “Battle: Los Angeles” made $35.5 million this weekend, handily taking over the box office from “Rango.” Meanwhile, the other new aliens of the week made the bigger news: “Mars Needs Moms,” Disney’s motion-capture animated film made for more than twice the production budget [...]
Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski have made another top-grossing film together in “Rango.” The animated Western was the undisputed No. 1 at the box office with $38 million. Although a little on the lower end compared to most animated March offerings of the recent past, considering it had no Pixar or DreamWorks name or previous [...]
Gnever say Gnever. Even Justin Bieber knows that. On Sunday night, the box office news that broke beneath all the Oscar talk and celebrating was that “Gnomeo & Juliet” had taken first at the box office despite having been out for two weeks already. Well, turns out that the complete reports for the weekend put [...]
Three-day President’s Day totals were surprisingly low this weekend. Although last year combined Valentine’s and President’s Day weekends into one, this year still did about 30 percent less business. Unless you were a kids’ film (“Gnomeo & Juliet”), you finished way below expectations.
This weekend’s expected box-office surge was led by Adam Sandler. The “romantic” comedy “Just Go With It,” despite a lashing from critics, made a respectable $30 million for Happy Madison and just enough to edge Justin Bieber for No. 1.
In all honesty, the Super Bowl probably won the box office this weekend. When a female-focused horror flick takes top honors, it’s an indicator of what people are up to. There was very little appeal to both new entries this weekend as well.
Maybe it’s unfair to compare this year’s January box office to last year’s considering that “Avatar” acted as ideal cushioning for all of 2010′s early films, but “The Rite” taking No. 1 with fewer than $15 million? It’s going to take an impressive February to fully exorcize those demons.
Who’s pregnant with two top-ten films in America right now? Natalie Portman. “No Strings Attached” took in a strong rom-com opening weekend with $20 million, enough to detach “The Green Hornet” from the number one spot. “Hornet,” in fact, held up pretty well down just 47 percent from the previous weekend, a rarity for a [...]
The first successful box office weekend of 2011 featured newcomers “The Green Hornet” and “The Dilemma” atop the box office with the former establishing itself as the unquestionable leader with $33.7 million. More interestingly, this is the most successful opening for a superhero comedy, a genre that typically receives cult following and makes its money [...]
“True Grit” overtook “Little Fockers” for number one at the box office this weekend, passing $100 million and symbolically leading the charge of award-winning dramas over the rest of the pack in 2011′s first full weekend. “Black Swan” also snuck into the top five as it gears up for an even wider release this weekend.
Without any new films at the movies this weekend yet a full three-day holiday for most folks, most movies saw great Christmas follow-up numbers this weekend. “Little Fockers” led the way for the second straight week, but only by just a million or so over “True Grit,” which continues to impress considering the genre.
As expected, the “Little Fockers” took over the box office on Christmas weekend, but it was “True Grit” that made an impressive box-office showing with $25 million, more than any Western ever, and the five-day total from Wednesday made it the Coen brothers’ most successful film opening.
Although $44 million is far from ideal opening numbers when you have this much at stake, Disney execs can rest easier knowing that “Tron: Legacy” wasn’t a flop. The sci-fi adventure was the uncontested first-place finisher this weekend, beating out second-place finisher “Yogi Bear” by nearly $30 million.