Box Office

Sunday, Dec. 28 2008, 04:21 PM

This weekend people were in the mood for movies over Christmas weekend as multiplexes were jam-packed with customers that powered four different new releases to more than $30M in ticket sales each over the long Thursday-to-Sunday holiday session. The Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston dog drama Marley & Me led the way with a huge debut that exceeded expectations.

Monday, Dec. 22 2008, 09:50 AM

THIS WEEKEND Moviegoers gave a clear yes to Jim Carrey and a definite maybe to Will Smith as the A-list Hollywood stars took the top two spots at the North American box office with their newest films. Carrey's comedy Yes Man finished first, Smith's odd drama Seven Pounds locked up the runnerup spot, while another new release - the animated mouse adventure The Tale of Despereaux - debuted in third place. Ticket sales were hurt by huge snowstorms and sub-freezing temperatures across much of the northeast. Add in the frenzy of the final shopping weekend before Christmas and it was clear that going to the movies was not a top priority this weekend with the top ten crashing by nearly 50% versus a year ago.

Sunday, Dec. 14 2008, 05:56 PM

Fearing extinction, humans across North America lined up to see the new sci-fi thriller The Day the Earth Stood Still which debuted at number one more than doubling the gross of its nearest competitor.

Sunday, Nov. 30 2008, 03:49 PM

Four Christmases had a sensational Thanksgiving weekend in the number one spot. Bolt picked up the pace while the sun started to set on Twilight.

Sunday, Nov. 23 2008, 05:30 PM

This weekend the vampire love story Twilight stunned the film industry with an explosive opening leading the overall marketplace to one of the biggest November weekends in box office history. Disney went the other way with its new animated entry Bolt which debuted below expectations in third place. Along with some strong holdovers, the box office posted its best performance in four months.

Sunday, Nov. 16 2008, 05:16 PM

This weekend Sony and MGM shattered the record for the biggest James Bond opening in franchise history with their latest installment Quantum of Solace which audiences powered to a massive top spot debut.

Sunday, Nov. 09 2008, 05:46 PM

Business was booming at North American multiplexes as the cartoon sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa dominated the marketplace with a sensational opening weekend to kick off the holiday movie season.

Sunday, Nov. 02 2008, 06:42 PM

Despite being clobbered by Halloween on Friday, Disney's smash hit kidpic High School Musical 3 once again led the North American box office in its second weekend winning the frame by a comfortable margin. The squeaky clean teens were followed by a trio of R-rated films that fought fiercely over the runnerup spot.

Sunday, Oct. 26 2008, 05:45 PM

Recession be damned! Movie fans went on a spending spree at North American multiplexes as a pair of new sequels pumped over $72M into cash registers driving the overall marketplace to the biggest October weekend in box office history.

Sunday, Oct. 19 2008, 06:44 PM

With the elections just a few weeks away, W. seemed ready to rule the box office this weekend, but it was Fox's weekend to break out of its slump, with two of its openers finding their way into the top 5, including Max Payne to lead them all.

Sunday, Oct. 12 2008, 03:21 PM

In one of the bigger upsets in recent box office history, the canine adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua remained at number one with the highly touted and highly pedigreed Body of Lies landing with a thud in third.

Sunday, Oct. 05 2008, 04:03 PM

This weekend a jam-packed slate of eight new films opening or expanding nationwide flooded the multiplexes but it was a pampered little dog that ticket buyers wanted turning Disney's family comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the box office king.

Sunday, Sep. 28 2008, 02:08 PM

Looking down upon the rest of the box office, Eagle Eye soared to the top of the charts this weekend with one of the largest September openings in history. But the real surprise on the charts was in the number four position. Overall, the top ten sailed above last year's levels.

Monday, Sep. 22 2008, 03:03 AM

Movies were serious business this weekend with drama, Lakeview Terrace, heading the box office hands down while comedies My Best Friend's Girl, Igor, and Ghost Town trail behind.

Monday, Sep. 15 2008, 02:16 AM

Joel and Ethan Coen scored the largest debut of their career and first-ever number one opening with the crime caper Burn After Reading.

Monday, Sep. 08 2008, 01:53 AM

Americans spend the weekend doing everything but watching movies as the box office spills into a five year slump.

Monday, Sep. 01 2008, 05:55 PM

Labor day weekend saw a host of new films; few of them showing any signs of box office msucle.

Sunday, Aug. 24 2008, 09:27 PM

Tropic Thunder enjoys another good week but The Rocker and The Longshots limp into the game.

Sunday, Aug. 17 2008, 06:49 PM

While Dark Knight bows out from the top spot to make room for the star power of Tropic Thunder, it holds its place as the number two domestic blockbuster of all-time and the number one global smash of this year.

Sunday, Aug. 10 2008, 05:59 PM

The unstoppable box office superhero The Dark Knight once again defeated all foes and spent its fourth consecutive weekend at number one becoming the first film in nearly five years to accomplish the fourpeat. With the gold medal going to Batman, Seth Rogen and James Franco shared the silver with their new stoner comedy Pineapple Express which posted a solid five-day debut.

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