X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Crosses $500M Worldwide, A Franchise Best, In Just 9 Days

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Box Office | 2 comments

Holy snikt. X-Men: Days of Future Past just did something no X-Men film has ever done before: Crossed $500 million worldwide. The complexity of the storytelling, the collision of two X universes and one hell of a final action sequence are certainly just  a few of the things that make X-Men: Days of Future Past the most popular X-Men film, even if it’s not the best (that goes to First Class). But fans have fallen in love with the film. I even went as far as saying what they do is a bigger deal than what happened in The Avengers because it hit the hard reset button on the franchise and introduce the multiverse to superhero films in a way people can understand. Surprising as it may be that no other X franchise film hit the half billion dollar mark worldwide. Here’s...

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Box Office: GRAVITY Breaks October Opening Weekend Record

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Box Office | 0 comments

I’m not a huge fan of focusing on box office numbers, which is why I don’t post weekly top ten lists. But every once in a while, something extraordinary happens at the box office. For Gravity, it was one of those moments. Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller beat pretty much everyone’s expectations to a pulp when it opened at $55 million. There are summer blockbusters that don’t get that kind of opening. The total, helped along by 3D ticket sales and a wonderful marketing campaign, was enough to give Gravity the record for biggest October opening of all-time, surpassing Paranormal Activity 3. And with that, Gravity has further positioned itself as an Oscar contender. In fact, most pundits now have it just behind the front runner 12 Years a Slave in the race for Best Picture, while Sandra Bullock is now in a neck-and-neck race with...

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WORLD WAR Z Crosses $500 Million Mark. Brad Pitt Doesn’t Thank Critics.

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Box Office | 0 comments

Looks like Brad Pitt will get the last laugh in the World War Z production saga. Paramount announced that the film has crossed the $500 million mark world wide, making it Brad Pitt’s biggest release ever. It’s also the studio’s biggest release of the year. Yep, even bigger than Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Into Darkness, which just crossed the $450 million mark. So despite all the haters, Brad Pitt’s movie turned out to be watchable and entertaining enough to overcome the film’s pre-release critics. Of course, using the logic of The Lone Ranger stars and filmmakers, now that the film is successful, Brad Pitt should thank all the critics who rallied around the film after its release. Because, you know, critics are the ones who make or break blockbusters these days....

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THE HEAT Burns WHITE HOUSE DOWN At The Weekend Box Office

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Box Office | 1 comment

While Monsters University held on to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office for a second week in a row, The Heat opened strong enough tear down the notion that women can’t star in comedies just a little bit more. (It’s from Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig, after all.) But where were the boys at? Definitely not at White House Down as the film opened in 4th place. Here are all the weekend numbers:    Title Weekend Total 1.  Monsters University $46,180,000 $171 2.  The Heat $40,000,000 $40 3.  World War Z $29,800,000 $123.7 4.  White House Down $25,700,000 $25.7 5.  Man of Steel $20,820,000 $248.6 6.  This Is The End $8,700,000 $74.6 7.  Now You See Me $5,500,000 $104.6 8.  Fast & Furious 6 $2,410,000 $233.3 9.  Star Trek Into Darkness $2,040,000 $220.5 10.  The Internship $1,425,000...

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MONSTERS U Scares Up $82M; WORLD WAR Z Alive with $66M

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Box Office | 2 comments

Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University, the sequel to the 2001 animated hit Monsters Inc., didn’t scare audiences away from the box office this weekend. The film brought in $82 million for the second highest Disney-Pixar opening to date. But Monsters big weekend didn’t stop Brad Pitt’s zombie epic World War Z from making $66 million for Pitt’s biggest weekend opener of his career. Here’s the full chart of weekend estimates:  Title Weekend Total 1.  Monsters University $82,000,000 $82 2.  World War Z $66,000,000 $66 3.  Man of Steel $41,215,000 $210 4.  This Is The End $13,000,000 $57.7 5.  Now You See Me $7,870,000 $94.4 6.  Fast & Furious 6 $4,725,000 $228.4 7.  The Internship $3,425,000 $38.3 8.  The Purge $3,412,000 $59.4 9  Star Trek Into Darkness $3,000,000 $216.6 10.  Iron Man 3 $2,175,000 $403.1  ...

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DEATHLY HALLOWS 2 crosses $1 billion, Burns walks the BOARDWALK, Von Trier’s latest controversy – News Links

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Box Office, The Pictures, The Tube | 1 comment

Warner Bros. had a magic moment over the weekend. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 became the first in the Potter series to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. The Potter finale, in its 19th day of release, also tied Avatar for the fastest movie to $1 billion. (Box Office Mojo) Ken Burns latest Americana doc, Prohibition, hits PBS in October. While promoting the show, Burns professed his admiration for Terence Winter’s prohibition-era HBO series Boardwalk Empire saying, “Americans always love to watch people who get to kill the people who piss them off.” (The Wrap) Oh, Lars von Trier. When you said “I understand Hitler” in front of the world’s film community at Cannes, I’m sure you expected that to be the most controversial moment of the year. Now you find yourself defending Dogville from being associated with the Norway...

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