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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
A lot of very different movies are jostling for attention at the box office this weekend, but so far it's the most typical summer blockbuster that's coming out on top. Elysium, the sci-fi film starring Matt Damon and directed by District 9's Neill Blomkamp, was the highest earner on Friday, making $11.2 million on its opening day
Big-budget movies may be sucking up all the attention at Comic-Con this weekend, but it's a low-budget surprise hit that's actually dominating movie theaters. According to the early numbers at Deadline, The Conjuring is blowing away the rest of the competition tho sweetened, making $17 million on Friday alone and cruising toward a $38.5 million weekend
midnight screenings of the latest horror-thriller from James Wan (Saw, Insidious) has already earned an astounding $3.3 million between midnight screenings and pre-sale tickets. Better yet, early predictions that the film would make roundabouts $25 million are being revised. In lieu of the latest tracking numbers, The Conjuring is expected to make upwards of $36 million
Yes, it's only Wednesday, but with tomorrow being Independence Day and a whole lot of people considering this a holiday weekend (not that we're jealous or anything!), all of the weekend's biggest releases are already open, and the box office reports are rolling in. The two biggest films, The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2, ought to have no trouble with competing with each other.
It's now on track for $120 million for the weekend proper, with another $12 million on top of that if you count a series of showing on Thursday night held at Wal-Mart (yes, that really happened). That's more than twice what Superman Returns made on its opening weekend in 2006-- that film debuted to $52 million and topped out with just $200 million in the United States, a number Man of Steel ought to be able to pass after its second weekend
Google says that it reached the basics of this formula by analyzing the top 99 movies of 2012. They say that they do not plan to sell the information they gather on upcoming movies, but they are not opposed to sharing the information with studios if it can help them better market their products.
Given some poor tracking, Jaden Smithís unproven box office record and the incredible popularity of Fast & Furious 6, many experts went into this weekend willing to admit the young starís After Earth might lose the money battle this weekend to the likeable holdover. If Fridayís estimates are any indication, not only is that definitely going to happen, thereís a distinct possibility the flick will also lose to Now You See Me
It looks like Now You See Me has already pulled a box office rabbit out of its figurative hat, by topping After Earth at the box office on Thursday night. The Summit film arrived in theaters last night and managed to bring in $1.5 million for its Thursday night haul, a half-million more than was earned by After Earth, which took in $1 million.
Fast & Furious 6 roared into theaters this weekend, and if the estimates hold true, the film has secured itself a high spot on the list of successful Memorial Day openers. It hasn't quite topped Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but it's in that ballpark, with reports putting the action film's 4-day estimate at about $120 million.
Remember when The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift couldnít even muster $25 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend seven years ago? Let the record show the franchiseís successes in the years since have not been flukes. The latest installment in the series not only looks poised to win the box office crown this weekend, it looks poised to leave tire tracks all over the competing films.
A lot of people were expecting Star Trek Into Darkness, with the added benefit of 3D and a big-time villain its center, to open a whole lot bigger than the first Star Trek film that J.J. Abrams directed in 2009. And while the movie is much bigger than the first one overseas-- which is what really counts these days-- it's not any bigger here at home, and that's even with the 3D bump.
It is not an easy thing to be a surprise hit these days. The Iron Man 3's and Avengers's of the world come with months and months of buzz-building and tracking and anticipation, to the point that when the movies actually come to theaters, the studios know by Friday morning what Monday morning's box office will tell them. And yet, this weekend we had The Great Gatsby
Don't have plans with your mom for Mother's Day yet? Go take her to see The Great Gatsby-- you'll have plenty of company. The glossy literary adaptation is exceeding nearly all box office expectations this weekend, making a whopping $19 million between midnight Thursday and Friday showings, and on track for a $53 million opening
The Great Gatsby was never going to have an opening as huge as Iron Man 3's, or really any movie with a superhero and a lot of explosions, but its box office so far has managed to be surprisingly strong for a film based on a 90-year-old book. Early estimates at Deadline say that Gatsby managed to make $3.2 million from midnight and Thursday night screenings