Box Office

Box Office Roundup: September 17-19, 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010 10:24

It was an impressive weekend at the Box Office. Ben Affleck’s gritty crime drama The Town debuted on 2,861 screens to slip comfortably into the top slot, raking in $23.8 million. Not far behind was Will Gluck’s romantic comedy Easy A, which earned just over $18 million while opening to virtually the same screen count. The M. Night Shyamalan produced chiller Devil occupied the third slot earning $12.5 million.

'Resident Evil: Afterlife' chomps down #1 spot

Sunday, 12 September 2010 20:12

The September 10-12 weekend brought to the box office only one new notable wide release, and that made for a significantly less-dramatic showdown than we've been experiencing in past weeks. However, many eyes were on said release, as the future of a franchise potentially rested on its performance.

Another week, another batch of new releases to help close out the summer. With the hot moviegoing season almost at an end, five new flicks came into the marketplace to help pry some money away from last week's muscular winner, The Expendables. So who wound up being the victor?

The question coming into this weekend was this: would Christopher Nolan's Inception pull of the impossible - a four-peat in the summer? Or would the always reliable team of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell (The Other Guys) finally unseat the recent box office king?

Box Office: July 30 - August 1, 2010

Monday, 02 August 2010 04:54

Christopher Nolan's Inception has proven to be that most elusive kind of summer blockbuster: the repeat winner. During the summer months, so many films are apt to open huge, then fall out of favor and give way to the "next big thing" the following week. Not the case with Nolan's mind-bender.

Box Office: July 23-25, 2010

Monday, 26 July 2010 08:00

It was star-power vs. star-power this weekend at the box office, as it fell upon Angelina Jolie's Salt to try and defeat the instant sensation that is Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The questions coming in: While Inception had a very impressive opening with $62 million last weekend, would it be a one-weekend wonder? And while everyone in the world knows who Angelina Jolie is, can she still open a movie? Luckily, the news is good on both fronts.

Box Office: July 16-18, 2010

Monday, 19 July 2010 08:49

Coming into the weekend, all eyes were on Inception, Christopher Nolan's dreamy sci-fi tale starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Obviously, Nolan has tons of street cred thanks to his Batman films, but is that enough for a 2 1/2 hour movie where the story was still somewhat hazy to those walking into theaters? And while DiCaprio is one of the world's biggest movie stars, he's not a guaranteed hit-maker. (See: Body of Lies, Revolutionary Road.)

For one weekend at least, Warner Bros. has nothing to worry about; Inception performed very well, raking in an estimated $60 million during its first three days. It's the second straight hit for DiCaprio, whose Shutter Island opened to $41 million back in February on its way to $128 million domestic (with an additional $166.7 million overseas). As for Nolan, it's obvious that his name carries some weight with moviegoers, who were eager to see what the imaginative director had up his sleeve (it didn't hurt that the ad campaign featured epic visions of crumbling towers, folding cities and Matrix-like fight scenes). The real question for Inception will be if it has strong word of mouth with the Average Joe (of course the fanboys will see it 2 or 3 more times). It will need legs to recoup its reported $160 million budget - for right now though, life is but a dream over at Warner Bros.

Disney, however, might think it's having a nightmare, as their big-budget adventure The Sorcerer's Apprentice came in with a very un-magical $17 million weekend. The fantasy flick, from the seemingly can't-miss re-teaming of National Treasure trio Nicolas Cage, director Jon Turtletaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actually opened on Wednesday, but couldn't do much with the extra two days, grossing an estimated $24 million total. For Disney - and Bruckheimer - it's the second straight live-action disappointment of the summer, after Prince of Persia opened to $30 million; that film has made only $89 million so far here in the states. (Lucky for the Prince, however, is the much more impressive $237 million it has made overseas). Pirates of the Caribbean 4 probably can't come soon enough...

Box Office: July 9-11, 2010

Monday, 12 July 2010 07:42

Last weekend brought to the box office the screeching hurricane known as Eclipse, which we all knew would destroy everything in its path and sit atop the box office throne (most likely shirtless). This weekend brought two new films and an intriguing showdown on all fronts. Would Despicable Me steal the youngsters away from the uber-popular Toy Story 3? Would there be an audience for an R-rated horror film based on a franchise that had pretty much been run into the ground? How would Eclipse fare in its second week - would it crumble like its predecessor, New Moon. At long last, the battle of the box office was gettin' good...

Box Office: July 2-5, 2010

Monday, 05 July 2010 10:50

There was hardly any doubt that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse would dominate this Fourth of July's box office. The third film in the massive franchise had been enjoying an incredible amount of pre-release hype (those gathering crowds, those omnipresent cast members) for many weeks now. The only real question has been, would it best its predecessor, New Moon?

After a four-day weekend and six-daysof release total (it opened on Wednesday and also had the benefit of an extra Monday thanks to the holiday), Eclipse has grossed an estimated $175 million. To break it down - it made $68.5 million on its first day (which fell a few million short of New Moon's record $72 million single day gross), dipped to $24 million the following day, then

Box Office Roundup: June 25-27, 2010

Monday, 28 June 2010 07:17

After opening in splendid fashion last week, Toy Story 3 had a battle going into its second frame. While Jonah Hex wasn't going to be any kind of competition (and it was indeed squashed - more under the weight of audience disinterest than anything else), a gaggle of mega-watt stars in two high-profile films stood in the Pixar sequel's way this time around. Did Woody and the gang overcome flashy names like Cruise, Sandler, Diaz and... Spade?

Indeed. Toy Story 3 grossed an estimated $59 million in its second weekend, a decline of 47%. Not too shabby for the flick, which has now gathered $226.6 million thus far, an astounding number. (It sits at #5 for the year already.) Notably, it holds the seventh best second weekend gross ever, and is well on its way to becoming Pixar's second highest domestic grosser (worldwide will be a much tougher assignment).

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