October 18, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: 30 Days of Night Gets Halloween Started Early
Competition, or a lack of it, will be the deciding factor at the North American box office this weekend for the half-dozen new releases that studios are packing into already overcrowded multiplexes. With far too many films aiming for the same finite audience segment, some are sure to eat into the potential of others.
October 11, 2007
Box Office Guru Preview: Wide Open Race For #1 Spot This Weekend
Five new films push their way into nationwide release on Friday hoping to challenge two-time champ The Rock making for what should be a free-for-all at the North American box office with many different studios having a realistic shot at claiming the number one spot.
July 11, 2007
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Set to "Make It Happen" In Burlesque Flick
If you watched "Live Free or Die Hard" and thought, "Gee, what I'd really like to see is Mary Elizabeth Winstead with less clothing and more dancing," this item is for you: Variety is reporting that Winstead will star in "Make It Happen," a project referred to as "a dance movie set in the world of burlesque."
March 5, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Audiences Ride with Wild Hogs at #1
Moviegoers rallied behind the star-driven comedy "Wild Hogs," which raced to number one at the North American box office, zooming past all expectations from Disney. Meanwhile, Viacom saw less-than-stellar debuts from its serial killer drama "Zodiac" from Paramount Pictures and the southern fried saga "Black Snake Moan" from arthouse unit Paramount Vantage. Overall, the box office remained healthy and surged well ahead of last year's performance.
February 26, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: "Ghost Rides" High Again at #1
Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ruled Oscar weekend with his skull-on-fire motorcycle actioner "Ghost Rider," which held steady at number one in North America for the second straight time. Moviegoers delivered different verdicts to the handful of new releases led by the Jim Carrey thriller "The Number 23," which fared best and debuted in second place. Overall, the top ten was about even with the corresponding weekends from the last two years.
March 16, 2006
Tyler Perry Nabs Next Pic; No Fat Suit/Madea Involved
Lionsgate's man of the moment, Tyler Perry, has brokered a deal to produce the cross-dressing playwright's next flick, "Daddy's Little Girl" -- and this time, the gray-haired, snappy grandma Madea will be conspicuously absent.
March 3, 2006
2005 Stinker Awards Announced!
Low budget horror film ?Alone in the Dark? took home the industry?s biggest booby prize as Hollywood?s annual anti-Oscars, The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, dished out awards in 24 competition categories. The dishonors came courtesy of the Los Angeles-based Bad Cinema Society, a panel of movie critics and film fans which annually awards Hollywood's worst films and performances.
February 27, 2006
Tyler Perry "Madea" Few Million Bucks Last Weekend
Tyler Perry's follow-up to "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea's Family Reunion" had no trouble leaping to the top of the box office in its first weekend, handily satisfying its target demographic (and without any help from the film critics, tyvm). The flick snagged an estimated (and rather impressive) $30.2 million from 2,200 theaters, while fending off a pair of underperforming newcomers and a handful of hangers-on.
February 28, 2005
Box Office: Mad Black Woman Rejects Hitch for $22.7M
This was probably not the best movie weekend to coincide with The Academy Awards, which honored Hollywood?s best of 2004. Three of this weekend?s wide debuts were all below 17% on the Tomatometer. Two of them didn?t even have the guts to be screened for critics. However, one of them did claim the top spot at this weekend?s box office. As ?Diary of a Mad, Black Woman? shows, no matter how bad the film, it?s probably better to screen it to critics anyways because of the additional publicity it?ll receive from critics? reviews. ?Diary of a Mad, Black Woman,? also has the extra benefit of Oprah?s recommendation on Jay Leno.
February 26, 2005
Friday Box Office: Mad Black Woman Beats Hitch
According to Showbizdata, Diary of a Mad Black Woman unseated Hitch from top spot at the box office on Friday with an estimated $7.1M. For the Fri-Sun weekend, it will take in between $20-$22M.
February 25, 2005
A Cursed Weekend at the Movies
This weekend must be cursed. The two major releases -- ?Cursed? and ?Man of the House? -- were either not screened for critics or not screened in time for them to make Friday?s morning press. So don?t blame us for the lack of reviews for those two films. Clearly, the studios are trying to hide the quality of their movies, or lack there of, with marketing dollars before critics can get a chance to alert the public.