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​Box Office: Why 'The Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Is Such a Reliable Hitmaker

Posted By Gary Susman on Sep 29th 2014 12:51PM
Why was anyone surprised that "The Equalizer" was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $35.0 million? Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only in the high 20s; after all, it's a movie based on a second-tier 1980s TV action drama that no one under 50 remembers fondly, and it's competing in the marketplace with Liam Neeson's similar "A Walk Among the Tombstones." ... read more

Weekend Box Office: 'The Equalizer' Dominates the Competition, Debuts at No. 1

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Flexing a rare kind of star power, Denzel Washington led the thriller "The Equalizer" to a $35 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Columbia Pictures release dominated the weekend box office, coming out ahead of some forecasts for the film. In it, Washington plays a former commando lured into a battle with the Russian mafia. The strong opening marks the...

​Box Office: How Did 'The Maze Runner' Break the YA Curse?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
Ever since "Twilight," the studios keep making adaptations of Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic-future novel series, but for every "Hunger Games" and "Divergent" that scores, there are several that fail ("Percy Jackson," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments," "The Giver"). This weekend's "The Maze Runner," however, seems to have figured out a way to beat the curse, as it...

Weekend Box Office: 'The Maze Runner' Sprints to No. 1

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The young-adult thriller "The Maze Runner" raced to the box-office top spot with $32.5 million, sprinting past Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones." According to studio estimates Sunday, Fox' "Maze Runner" easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Neeson's latest action film for Universal Studios. "The Maze Runner," adapted from James...

Box Office: How Did 'No Good Deed' Beat 'Dolphin Tale 2'?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
On paper, "Dolphin Tale 2" looked like a stronger box office contender than "No Good Deed." Star-filled, family-friendly, upbeat animal sequel playing on nearly 3,700 screens vs. grim, modest-budget thriller debuting on about 2,200 screens? No wonder pundits predicted an opening around $24 million for "Dolphin" and $17 million for "Deed." And yet, when Sunday's estimates came in, it was "Deed"...

Weekend Box Office: 'No Good Deed' Breaks the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Winning Streak

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat "Guardians of the Galaxy" at movie theaters. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Sony thriller "No Good Deed," which stars Elba as an escaped convict, topped the box office with $24.5 million during its opening weekend. Warner Bros" feel-good film "Dolphin Tale 2" debuted in second place with $16.5...

​Box Office: What's Behind the Celestial Failure of 'The Identical'?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
"The Identical" was the only new wide release movie opening this weekend, so, in the absence of competition, why didn't it do better? The faith-based film, which follows such recent Christian-marketed hits as "Son of God," "God's Not Dead," and "Heaven Is for Real," opened on 1,956 screens and featured such brand-name actors as Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green. It featured a provocative...

Weekend Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Remains Atop Weak Box Office

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" continues to rule the box office universe. The cosmic Marvel adventure arrived in first place at the box office for a fourth weekend with $10.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic haul for "Guardians" now stands at $294.6 million after six weeks of release. Paramount's live-action superhero reboot "Teenage Mutant Ninja...

Summer Box Office 2014: What Went Wrong?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
Remember last summer, when movie industry insiders as lofty as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were predicting that it would take only a couple of megaflops to bring Hollywood's entire blockbuster-driven business model crashing down? Indeed, there were a number of such flops last summer, and yet there were enough big hits offsetting those failures to wind up with a record-breaking summer, worth...

​Box Office: Why Did 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Tank?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
Judging by the pre-release hype, you'd think "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" was a long- and eagerly-awaited sequel, a comic book movie for connoisseurs, whose all-star cast, eye-popping visuals, and violent action would make it the summer's last blockbuster. Given that the original opened at $29.1 million in 2005 dollars, the sequel, with a price boost from 3D, was expected to debut at least in...

Weekend Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Reclaims No. 1 Spot, Becomes Summer's Biggest Hit

Posted By The Associated Press on August 08, 2014
JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" became the summer's top-grossing movie at the North American box office with a $17.6 million weekend that narrowly bested the young adult melodrama "If I Stay," while the long-delayed "Sin City" sequel, "A Dame to Kill For," flopped. With an estimated $17.6 million in its fourth weekend of release, the Marvel space...

​Box Office: Why Did 'The Expendables 3' Flop?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
Really? "The Expendables 3" was supposed to be the last big action release of the summer, just as its predecessors were in 2010 and 2012. Even though the all-star action series had been trending downward, it was still supposed to open around $24 million, in close contention for first place with reigning chart champ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and three-week-old "Guardians of the Galaxy." ...

Weekend Box Office: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Stays On Top; 'Let's Be Cops' Takes Out 'The Expendables 3'

Posted By The Associated Press on August 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Moviegoers continued to shell out for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," while Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3" was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut. The rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the $16.2 million earned by Stallone's gang of aged warriors. The paltry, fourth-place...

Box Office: How Did 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Overtake 'Guardians of the Galaxy'?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
Here's a sentence I didn't expect to write: A film starring Megan Fox opened at No. 1 this weekend with an estimated $65.0 million and dethroned a Marvel movie after just one week atop the chart. I wasn't alone; no one expected the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot to enjoy such a huge debut. Pundits did expect "Guardians of the Galaxy" to fall to about $40 million in its second weekend (in...

Weekend Box Office: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Soars Past 'Guardians,' Claims No. 1 Spot

Posted By The Associated Press on August 08, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Studio estimates say "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. The Paramount comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend. The studio announced plans Sunday for a sequel scheduled for June 3, 2016. ...

Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' & 'Get On Up' Prove Older Moviegoers Still Matter

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
Hollywood thinks of summer as the time when kids buy most of the movie tickets, but this weekend's movies owed much of their sales to older audiences. Yep, even the comic-book adventure about the gun-toting raccoon and the laconic talking tree. Sure, the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a foregone conclusion. It had the widest opening of any August release ever (4,080 screens),...

Weekend Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rockets to a Record $94M

Posted By The Associated Press on August 08, 2014
DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office. Studio estimates Sunday show Marvel's cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana as members of an intergalactic band of mercenaries earned $94 million in its debut weekend. Box office analysts initially projected the comic book adaptation would...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Already Killing It

Posted By Drew Taylor on August 08, 2014
It's seems almost quaint how, just a few months ago, there were journalists and executives wringing their hands over how "risky" this weekend's "Guardians of the Galaxy" was supposed to be. Sure, there were a number of X-factors going into the movie, mostly based around the fact that it was populated by largely unknown characters, set in space (far away from the other events of the Marvel...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Going to Go Bonkers at the Box Office

Posted By Katie Roberts on July 07, 2014
After months of buzz, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is finally making its theatrical debut this weekend, and box office prognosticators are predicting a big haul for the Marvel flick. The Hollywood Reporter writes that "Guardians" is currently on pace to score a $65 million opening weekend total, though some industry analysts say that number could reach as high as $70 million. That would make it...

​Box Office: How Scarlett Johansson Beat Dwayne Johnson at the Action Movie Game

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
In a normal summer, a debut like the estimated $29.0 million opening for Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" would be reason for its creators and distributor to rejoice. After all, the movie did better than pundits had predicted (in the low 20s), and it enjoyed a healthy per-screen average ($8,067 per venue). As an action star with a track record, Johnson would be said to have delivered on his promise,...

Weekend Box Office: Scarlett Johannson's 'Lucy' Beats The Rock's 'Hercules'

Posted By The Associated Press on July 07, 2014
Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend. "Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock"...

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