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“Lone Survivor” leads box office as producers attempt damage control

“Lone Survivor” fought its way to the top of the box office over the weekend. The military action/drama debuted with $37.8 million  becoming the number one film in the U.S. That’s the second largest January opening ever. “Lone Survivor” is based on the real-life story of four Navy Seals on a covert mission in Afghanistan who must make some tough decisions when it goes wrong and they’re ambushed by the Taliban. Mark Wahlberg leads the cast. The film has sparked some award buzz and that’s a good thing.... Read More →

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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Frozen” break records and win box office gold

  The malls and shopping centers were not the only places attracting big crowds over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  A lot of folks bought tickets at movie theaters — allowing the two top films to break records and collect a ton of money. The final numbers came out today and they show the action adventure, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” won the domestic box office derby with $74 million over the weekend — holding onto the number one spot for the second week in a row.... Read More →

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“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” wins big at the box office

As expected, the debut of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”   exploded at the box office.The final numbers are out today and the sci-fi adventure raked in $158. 1 million, to become the number one movie in the country this week. It was an incredible achievement  — placing sixth on the list of the biggest movie openings ever. The second installment is about a teenaged girl in postapocalyptic North America who is a winner in the brutal “Hunger Games,” but still must battle to stay a live during... Read More →

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“The Butler” still king of the domestic box office

The historical drama and Oscar contender, “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,” scored domestic box office gold again this weekend. The drama, starring Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, held onto the number one spot for the second week in a row, despite challenges from a group of new films. “The Butler” appears to be expanding its audience from mostly older African Americans to younger and more diverse moviegoers. The film could hold strong in theaters for weeks and that means more dollars and more time to build on its Oscar buzz. More on... Read More →

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“The Butler” wins the weekend box office derby

  “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” kicked some serious butt at the box office this weekend, to snatch the top crown from the sci-fix actioner, “Elysium.” “The Butler,” an emotional drama based on the real life story of a black White House butler who served eight presidents, scored an estimated $25 million during its opening weekend. The other three  high-profile releases were left in the dust. A lot of chatter today about why and how “The Butler” connected with moviegoers. Also, this strong debut at the box office will... Read More →

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“Elysium” in for major fight at box office

  The sci-fi actioner, “Elysium,” won the battle for number one at the domestic box office last weekend, but another tussle is underway for that top spot. There are four new contenders hitting theaters this weekend:  the corporate thriller, “Paranoia,” the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs,” the sequel to the superhero comedy, “Kick-Ass 2,” and the historical drama about a black butler who served eight presidents, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ .” The real threat to “Elysium” holding onto number one for a second week, comes from “Kick-Ass 2” with... Read More →

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Box office battle: Who’ll be number one this weekend?

Several new films are gunning to bump the action flick, “2 Guns,” from the number spot at the domestic box office this weekend. The sci-fi thriller, “Elysium” appears to be the front runner  to take down the Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg buddy pix. However, the other new flicks like the raunchy comedy, “We’re the Millers,” the Disney animation “Planes,” and the fantasy adventure sequel “Percy  Jackson: Sea of Monsters” are out there fighting for the box office dollars as well. “This is going to be one... Read More →

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Disney takes a hit from “The Lone Ranger” flop

“The Lone Ranger” seriously under-performed movie theaters and that is going to cost Disney dearly. Since opening in the U.S. on July third, the western has made only $87 million, added to the global take — the total is $175 million. Box Office Mojo puts the production cost at $215 million and then there are those extra millions spent on promotion. Yes, in movie terms, “The Lone Ranger” is an expensive dud. How expensive? The Wrap is reporting Disney expects to take $160-190 million... Read More →

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Why “Pacific Rim” was defeated by “Despicable Me 2” at the box office

As the final numbers for the weekend show, “Despicable Me 2” is still king of the domestic box office. The new big budget sci-fic actioner, “Pacific Rim” had a fan base and good reviews, but still lost steam before the weekend was over. ‘Pacific Rim”had to settle for third, behind the poorly reviewed “Grown Ups 2.” What happened? Perhaps moviegoers are getting tired of the big screen battle to save Earth. Or maybe ticket buyers just wanted a break from all those flashy and loud special effects. Producers... Read More →

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“Despicable Me 2” beating “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim”

  The animated juggernaut, “Despicable Me 2,” is refusing to give up its title as the number one film in the U.S.  Two new contenders, “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” put up a fight — but “Despicable Me” appears to be headed for the winner’s circle for the second week in a row. “Despicable Me 2” brought in an estimated $44.7 million this weekend and has a haul of $200 million at the domestic box office since opening on July 3. More on the weekend numbers and... Read More →

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“Grown Ups 2” opens with poor reviews and better than expected performance

“Grown Ups 2” is apparently not for the mature nor anyone looking for anything but a weak story filled with bad jokes. The film is getting slammed by many reviewers including Claudia Puig over on USA Today. The first “Grown Ups” earned $162 million at the box office back in 2010. Despite the bad reviews, apparently a lot of moviegoers still want to see the sequel. The numbers are in for the late Thursday/early Friday morning screenings and “Grown Ups 2” and “Pacific Rim” did better than expected.... Read More →

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Another big budget box office flop for Disney?

It looks like the executives at Disney have another supersized dud at the box office to explain. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” owned the 4th of July weekend and scooped up an amazing $83.5 million in its debut, while Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” opened far behind with only $29.2 million. There’s chatter around town that Disney may have another big budget flop the size of its last summer bomb, “John Carter.” More on that here and here.

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“Despicable Me 2” shines at theaters, “The Lone Ranger” struggles

The long Fourth of July holiday weekend is shaping up to be a biggie at the box office. Two new films are in the spotlight. Moviegoers appear to be storming the theaters to see Universal Pictures’ animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” while Disney’s stylized western “The Lone Ranger” is struggling to find an audience. Both flicks have great promotion and movie trailers. Both have received mixed reviews. The final decision will come from the ticket buying movie fans. More here.  

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“Monsters” win box office derby, but “The Heat” is the big story

  The colorful creatures of Disney’s “Monster University” rule the domestic box office for the second straight week. The final box offices numbers released today show “MU” pulled in $45.6 million over the weekend to hold onto first place. The two week total for the film, $170.4 million. The second place winner stole much of the spotlight from the monsters. The female cop buddy pic, “The Heat” over performed and grabbed $39 million in its debut. The Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy flick was made on a modest... Read More →

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Weekend box office: Monsters are beating the Zombies

  The weekend box office is all about the monsters and the zombies. The battle is between the new Disney animation, “Monsters University” and Brad Pitt’s new zombie action flick, “World War Z.” And the monsters are winning. The weekend numbers are estimates today, but “Monsters University” appears to be headed to the top spot with around $82 million verses “World War Z” debut of $66 million. Nikki Finke over at Deadline has more on the weekend box office and how it’s shaping up to be... Read More →

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“Iron Man 3” reaches another milestone

  The new superhero films are making a ton of money and the prime summer movie season is just starting. In its debut, “The Man of Steel,” grabbed the number one spot and millions at the box office over the weekend. “The Man of Steel” had the best June opening and the second best debut this year behind “Iron Man 3.” Released more than six weeks ago in the U.S., “Iron Man 3” is continuing to draw big at movie theaters. Yesterday, it reached the $400... Read More →

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“Man of Steel” soars into the record books

  “Man of Steel” may not have thrilled a lot of the reviewers, but the new superhero flick is getting a lot of love from movie fans. In its debut last weekend, “Man of Steel,” shot right into the record books with the best June opening ever and the second best first weekend of 2013, right behind “Iron Man 3.” “Man of Steel” grabbed the number spot with $116.6 million from Friday to Sunday. If you add in Thursday screens, the haul goes up to $128.6 million. A... Read More →

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Box office: “Fast & Furious 6” still king, Will Smith’s new film fizzles

Moviegoers are still hot for the fast cars and action of “Fast & Furious 6.” The sequel held onto the number spot at the domestic box office over the weekend leaving two new films eating its dust. “Fast & Furious 6” earned an estimated $34.5 million pushing its two week domestic total to around $170 million. In second, the new magic heist film, “Now You See Me” with about $28 million, and in third, the Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi flick, “After Earth” with around $27 million. The... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits: “Fast & Furious 6,” Rick Springfield sells a novel, and NBC’s relief concert for tornado victims

Box office bonanza “Fast & Furious 6 ” burned rubber all over the competition Memorial Day weekend. Not a whole lot of new moves in this sequel, but moviegoers did not care. They love this franchise. “Fast &  Furious 6”  took in $120 million for its debut in the U.S. The top six films helped generate more than $300 million at the domestic box office, beating the previous record for a Memorial Day weekend. No surprise, “Fast & Furious 7” is in the works. More here... Read More →

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Did “Star Trek Into Darkness” stumble at the box office?

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opened in the number one spot last weekend and has made a ton of money at the box office. The sci-fi flick will rack up millions more during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Yet, the sequel to “Star Trek” (2009) has disappointed. It’s opening weekend take of $70 million fell far short of “Iron Man 3”  opener of $174 Million! Perhaps “Star Trek Into Darkness” fall victim to a packed May movie release schedule, as suggested by Box Office Mojo. More... Read More →

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“The Dark Knight Rises” hot movie ticket

“The Dark Knight Rises” doesn’t open until after midnight, but this superhero flick has already racked up an a huge $25 million in advanced ticket sales as of yesterday. This is supposed to be the final installment of a Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. It started with “Batman Begins” (2005) and then followed with The Dark Knight” (2008). No doubt  “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be huge, but the question is will it have enough appeal to rise about the box office numbers... Read More →

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“The Avengers” still strong going into Memorial weekend

  “Marvel’s The Avengers” is still packing them in at theaters. The superhero flick is number one at the domestic box office for the third straight week with a haul of $55.6 million. “Battleship,” based on a board game and with a cast that included Liam Neeson and Rihanna, was not much of a challenger — it debuted with $25.5 million last weekend — good enough for second place. “The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen, came in third with $17.4 million. This new comedy is about... Read More →

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