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Despite dwindling movie ticket sales last year in light of more eclectic streaming options and illegal downloads, it looks like theaters will be able to bounce back from this.
In 2009 the Academy decided to increase its Best Picture nominees from five to 10, with the goal of bringing in more of the higher-grossing studio films that have largely not been included. However, increasingly lower collective box office numbers among Best Picture nominees suggests the Academy is still not recognizing movies people really care about.
Given the buzz leading up to the feature adaptation of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, it should come as little surprise that the film performed very well at the box office for its Thursday night preview, racking up a cool $8.6 million. That makes it the second-highest Thursday night preview ever.
Some people love seeing giant movies fail miserably. The same, however, cannot be said for the studios behind these mega-pictures, the latest of which The Seventh Son, just opened this weekend to very low numbers. Not only that, they're far worse than anyone could have expected.
Despite itís Golden Globes snub, Clint Eastwoodís American Sniper continues to break box-office records, in addition to holding its six Oscar nominations. While the 2015 Super Bowl dominated discussions this past weekend, people were apparently still heading out to theaters. What were most of them seeing? The film about the deadliest sniper in U.S. history.
Clint Eastwood's latest film American Sniper has been killing it since its wide release hit theaters last weekend. Not only has it made a ton of money, it also broke records for movie openings in the month of January. And the war-drama isn't even close to surrendering yet, as new information suggests its about to make even more substantial money and break, yet, even more records.
The newest Bradley Cooper film American Sniper opened in theaters last night, immediately proving itself to be a major box office contender. If it can manage to keep up at its current pace, and projections say it likely will, it could end up making the studios a mountain of cash.
The Interview actually ended up losing Sony quite a hefty amount of money because of its savaged cinematic release. In fact it lost them $30 million.
While The Interview was certainly not the first film to do this, because it was in the limelight, a debate arose of whether or not VOD release could trump over theatrical release and if the combination of the two is beneficial.
While August has classically been considered a weak spot on the Hollywood release date schedule, with studios regularly using the time as a sort of dumping ground for blockbusters they don't have much faith in, that hasn't been the case so far in 2014. The month got off to a hot start with the release of Marvel Studios' record-setting Guardians of the Galaxy, and a second week boost came in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Before the beginning of summer, this year's domestic box office was 9% ahead of last year's, buoyed by the strengths of springtime hits The LEGO Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Somehow, in some way, that lead was squandered. Now new reports say that 2014 is off 3.8% from 2013's pace. How did this happen? What's going on at the movies?
In a summer of heroes, leave it to a villain like Maleficent to have the only non spandex clad success at the multiplex. As it crossed the $600 million mark this week, we have to wonder - how did this happen?
Last weekend, The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug was able to spoil the debut weekend for Anchorman 2 by narrowly edging out a box office win. On Christmas, it may be able to deal the same Middle Earth blow to Leonardo Dicaprioís much-hyped Wolf Of Wall Street.
Unfortunately, it doesnít look like Carl Rinschís Japanese historical fantasy 47 Ronin will be adding much to that total, at least not in Japan, where the film took in a mere $1.3 million from its premiere. On the one hand, you think it would be a major project there since itís based on a Japanese legend, but on the other hand, itís a completely ludicrous take on the legend which probably didnít appease everyone they intended.
It seems movie theaters will be playing songs of ice and fire this weekend, as the Hunger Games sequel and Disneyís Frozen are likely to light up the box office. Early estimates suggest Catching Fire will come out on top, but Frozen wonít be far behind. Catching Fireís estimated five-day weekend hall is in the $90 million range, while Frozen is believed to do about $80 million for the same time period.
Itís too easy to get lost in numbers when the Marvel movies roll into theaters. And itís silly. Thor already is off to a monumental start, having grossed north of $150 million in international territories before even screening in a single American theater.
Were kids across America packing up their trick-or-treating hauls and bringing it to the movie theater last night? At least enough of them were to make midnight showings of Ender's Game a solid success. Early numbers at The Hollywood Reporter say the PG-13 sci-fi film made $1.4 million from early screenings on Thursday, putting in a good position for a weekend box office contest it's expected to win.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 may not match the jangly comic insanity of the original film released in 2009, but it had an ace in the hole no matter what: families with nothing else to see at the movies. According to the early numbers at The Hollywood Reporter Cloudy 2 was an easy leader at the box office on Friday, making $9.3 million and setting a course for a $35 million opening.
How do you know it's now, officially fall movie season? An R-rated drama about kidnapping and torture is the #1 movie at the box office. Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal along with a laundry list of other big names, opened to a modest but respectable $7 million on Friday, according to the early numbers at Deadline. That puts it on track for $21 million for the weekend and an easy #1 spot, though to be fair, its competition wasn't exactly stiff
As the only new wide release of the weekend, Riddick didn't face a huge challenge on its way to #1 at the box office, and has managed to sneak into place without a necessarily stunning debut. According to the numbers at Deadline the Vin Diesel-starrer opened to $7.3 million on Friday, putting it on track for an $18 to $19 million debut, even though some tracking numbers put it north of $20 million