Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Absolutely Shreds Box Office Records

MARVEL Based on presales, back in January, prognosticators predicted that Black Panther could break $100 million at the box office. By early last week, it looked like a safe bet to be the biggest February opening of all time. On Thursday, before it had even opened in America, it had already broken box-office records. By yesterday, it appeared as though Black Panther would cross $200 million and soundly thrash Deadpool with the biggest … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ’50 Shades’ Hang Strong, Eastwood Disappoints

Focus Features The weekend before Valentine’s Day was a huge one for the box office back in 2017, with a kid movie (The LEGO Batman Movie), an action film (John Wick Part II) and a 50 Shades of Grey sequel racking up nearly $130 million between them. Studios offered the same mix of films this year — a kid movie (Peter Rabbit), an action movie (The 15:17 to Paris) and the final Fifty Shades movie — but came up more than $50 … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Winchester’ Fizzles During Sluggish Super Bowl Frame

CBS Films Super Bowl weekend is not typically a big weekend for moviegoing. In fact, the biggest Super Bowl opening weekend ever was Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert movie, followed by the 2010 Nicholas Sparks joint, Dear John. The list of films opening on Super Bowl weekend is littered with forgettable horror entries (When a Stranger Calls, The Uninvited) and bad romantic comedies (The Wedding Planner, Bed of Roses), although there has been … [Read more...]

The Weekend Box Office Rewards Two Oscar Contenders Snubbed By The Academy

Fox Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finally fell out of the top spot this weekend, a position it held for the last three weeks as it slowly worked its way up to the fifth biggest film of 2017 with an impressive $337 million, surpassing both It and Spider-Man: Homecoming this week. Counting international grosses, it’s up to $800 million at the worldwide box office, good for 10th place for 2017, a hair behind Wonder Woman‘s $821 million. … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: Chris Hemsworth And Gerard Butler Take On ‘Jumanji’

Warner Bros The January box-office has been unusually buoyed by holiday holdovers and Oscar contenders for the first few weeks of the month, but this weekend a batch of new releases more in line with what we typically expect from January finally slowed the box-office momentum. It did not slow Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle down much, however. The Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart pairing continues to perform solidly, holding on to the top spot for … [Read more...]

‘The Last Jedi’ Will Make Less Money In China Than ‘Geostorm’

LUCASFILM The numbers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, laid out in a new Hollywood Reporter item, are in for its first two weekends of release in China — the second largest box-office market in the world — and they are not good. While many American blockbusters open in China with numbers comparable, or even better, than their opening weekends in America, The Last Jedi opened with only $28 million, or about a tenth of the $220 million … [Read more...]

‘Jumanji’ And Others Continue to Burn Up The Box Office Over A Busy MLK Weekend

Fox Through the first two weeks of 2018, the box office shows no signs of slowing down after a very busy and lucrative holiday season. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle leads Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, adding yet another $36 million to its coffers in its fourth weekend. The Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart pairing has now earned nearly $300 million, and it has quietly moved into eighth place among all 2017 box office titles. It should eventually … [Read more...]

‘The Last Jedi’ Falls To Third In An Exciting Weekend To Open The 2018 Box Office

Columbia There was a lot more excitement than anticipated for the first box-office weekend of 2018. Two years ago, The Force Awakens didn’t give up the top spot at the box office until mid-January when Kevin Hart’s Ride Along 2 finally toppled it. This year, The Last Jedi fell a week sooner, but again, it was vanquished from the top spot by a Kevin Hart movie. In this case, it was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which has pulled off … [Read more...]

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jumanji,’ And Other Winners And Losers Of The Holiday Box Office

Sony Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! As we move into the new year, let’s take a look at the last week at the box office to see who came out ahead and who came up short over the holidays. The big winner, not just of the holiday season but of the year, is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which earned $52 million over the three-day weekend, which was enough to lift it past Beauty and the Beast to take the top spot at the box office for all of … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: Can The Force Withstand 5 New Releases?

Columbia Pictures In its second weekend, Star Wars: The Last Jedi faced off against five new releases, plus two movies expanding around the country. Unsurprisingly, the Force vanquished them all. In fact, the estimated $102 million second weekend for Star Wars: Episode VIII earned more than all five of the new releases combined. Box-office estimates are soft this weekend because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday and it’s hard to predict … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: The ‘Divisive’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Puts Up A Monster Opening Weekend

DISNEY Reaction on social media to Star Wars: The Last Jedi has, so far, seemed divisive. In fact, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score for the eighth chapter in the franchise currently sits at 56 percent despite overwhelming critical support for the film. That’s a considerably lower audience score than for Justice League. But something feels fishy about it (aside from the fact that most of the audience scores come from first-time users). In … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: The Calm Before The Storm(Troopers)

LucasFilm There was only one new wide release this weekend (a bomb), while James Franco’s Disaster Artist expanded into 840 theaters. However, it was an otherwise very quiet weekend as the box-office gets into formation to prepare for the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and its projected $200 million opening weekend next week. It’s going to be a huge weekend that’s likely going to blow everything else (aside from Ferdinand) … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: The Oscar Contenders Have Come To Play

Fox Searchlight The week after Thanksgiving — like Labor Day weekend and the week after Christmas — is typically a time when the studios don’t bother releasing worthwhile movies. Studios flood the box-office with blockbuster films during the lead-up to Thanksgiving so holdovers generally extend their muscle through the first week of December and beyond. That was no exception this year, as holdovers dominated the first six slots. However, beyond … [Read more...]