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Can Bill Murray Get His Box Office Groove Back?

Posted By Gary Susman on Oct 27th 2014 12:59PM
Kids, you may not believe it, but once upon a time, Bill Murray was a box office giant. Sure, it's hard to imagine, based on his career over the past 15 years -- mostly supporting roles in Wes Anderson films, lead roles in other indie and art-house films, and offbeat cameos in other people's movies. Now, however, with "St. Vincent," he may be poised to return to some semblance of his former glory.... read more

Weekend Box Office: 'Ouija' Haunts the Top Spot Ahead of 'John Wick'

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - The spirits moved "Ouija" to No. 1 at the box office, with the board-game adaption leading the weekend with a $20 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. The horror movie release, timed to Halloween, attracted more moviegoers at the box office than the violent Keanu Reeves thriller "John Wick." The R-rated hit-man revenge tale opened with $14.2 million in second...

Forget 'Fury,' 'Birdman' and 'St. Vincent' Are the Real Box Office Titans

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2014
Michael Keaton and Bill Murray haven't been box office heavyweights for ages, but at the art-house, both men are setting ticket sales on fire, with "Birdman" and "St. Vincent," respectively. During what proved to be a ho-hum weekend for mainstream, wide-release movies, led by Brad Pitt's underperforming "Fury," Keaton and Murray were among the stars packing them in at the indie theaters. ...

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Blasts 'Gone Girl' From Top of Box Office

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The bloody World War II drama "Fury" blew past "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. "Gone Girl" was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in "Fury" blasted the film to second place. According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony's "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend. Fox's "Gone Girl"...

'Gone Girl,' 'Dracula Untold,' and 'Addicted' Share the Box Office Wealth

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2014
Who won at the box office this weekend? Sure, "Gone Girl" earned the most money -- an estimated $26.8 million -- but several other movies could also plausibly claim victory and bragging rights by different measures of success. Overall, this was a good weekend for nearly every new film and many holdovers, with the total box office up 30 percent from the same weekend last year (and that was when...

'Gone Girl' Tops the Box Office for a Second Weekend, Beats 'Dracula Untold'

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four new films couldn't catch "Gone Girl" at theaters this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Fox thriller is set to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales. Universal's "Dracula Untold" opened in second place with $23.4 million. Disney's family romp, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in...

In the 'Gone Girl' vs. 'Annabelle' Box Office Battle, Everybody Wins

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2014
After the lackluster last couple of months, Hollywood's box office analysts must be scratching their heads at their good fortune this weekend. The long summer-early-fall slump ended with not one but two huge debuts and an overall rise in sales of nearly 40 percent over last weekend. Not only did "Gone Girl" and "Annabelle" open well above expectations, scoring nearly $40 million each, but...

'Gone Girl' Sneaks by 'Annabelle' to Win Weekend Box Office

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2014
"Annabelle" couldn't scare off "Gone Girl" at the weekend box office. The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a writer whose wife goes missing overcame the Warner Bros. possessed doll horror with $38 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Gone Girl" is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn and was directed by David Fincher. "Annabelle" debuted closely behind "Gone...

Why 'The Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Is Such a Reliable Hitmaker

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
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." ...

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...

This Is How 'The Maze Runner' Miraculously Broke 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: 'Maze Runner' Leaves 'Tombstones' and 'This Is Where I Leave You' in the Dust

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...

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