Box Office

Sunday, Feb. 22 2015, 01:44 PM

After a record-breaking opening, Fifty Shades of Grey followed up with an almost record-breaking collapse, but has still generated a tremendous amount of money around the world. Newcomers opened with so-so to poor numbers.

Sunday, Feb. 15 2015, 01:25 PM

Smashing the all-time opening weekend record for Presidents Day weekend, the hotly anticipated erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey opened huge collecting an estimated $81.7M over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the long holiday session. The Universal smash averaged an eye-popping $22,400 from 3,646 theaters by pulling in fans of the best-selling sex-filled novel who had been waiting for the story to be put onto the big screen. The previous record holder for this holiday weekend was the romantic comedy Valentine's Day with $56.3M in 2010.

Sunday, Feb. 08 2015, 03:09 PM

This weekend, Clint Eastwood's runaway blockbuster and two new action films were no match for the animated comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water which rocketed to number one in North America with a spectacular debut of an estimated $56M. With the Presidents Day holiday coming up next week plus many schools closing for winter breaks later this month, the road ahead looks promising for SpongeBob.

Friday, Feb. 06 2015, 02:49 PM

Hit the red carpet with photos from the Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, and SpongeBob premieres!

Sunday, Feb. 01 2015, 01:46 PM

The Super Bowl frame was dominated by the blockbuster holdover American Sniper which easily sprinted past all competitors to gross an estimated $31.9M in its third round of nationwide play. Off a sizable 51%, the Warner Bros. smash has raised its total to a jaw-dropping $248.9M with plenty more to come as it heads towards the $300M club.

Sunday, Jan. 25 2015, 01:31 PM

Moviegoers continued to flock to the multiplexes in record numbers to see the runaway smash American Sniper which once again led the box office by a mile and quickly became the highest-grossing film of Clint Eastwood's 60-year career. The Warner Bros. blockbuster grossed an estimated $64.4M in its second weekend of nationwide play, slipping only 28% in the process, and making as much as the next seven films combined.

Sunday, Jan. 18 2015, 01:18 PM

In a box office shocker, Clint Eastwood's soldier drama American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper vaulted into nationwide release doubling expectations and shattering records in the process. Marketed and distributed brilliantly by Warner Bros., the R-rated pic soared to a towering $90.2M over the Friday-to-Sunday period, according to studio estimates, delivering a scorching $25,373 average from 3,555 locations including 332 venues with IMAX screens. These were summer numbers in January!

Sunday, Jan. 11 2015, 12:44 PM

Audiences lined up for Liam Neeson one last time as the final chapter of his signature franchise, Taken 3, stormed the North American box office with a muscular performance opening to an estimated $40.4M. If the estimate holds, it will rank as the second best January debut of all-time behind just Ride Along which bowed to $41.5M a year ago.

Sunday, Jan. 04 2015, 01:18 PM

Just like its predecessors, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies spent a third consecutive weekend at number one ruling over a strong marketplace. The final Middle Earth film rang in the new year with an estimated $21.9M dropping a sizable 47% from the post-Christmas frame. To date, the Peter Jackson epic has collected a stellar $220.8M domestically and looks on course to reach the vicinity of $260M by the end of its North American run. That would edge out the $258.4M of the last film The Desolation of Smaug but fall below the $303M of the first chapter of the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey which was the fantasy franchise's first film in nine years. The threequel should see rapid erosion in the weeks ahead now that the holidays are over and fans have already seen it.

Sunday, Dec. 28 2014, 12:55 PM

A wide assortment of flashy choices brought large numbers of moviegoers out to the multiplexes driving the box office to the best Christmas holiday weekend in five years. Holding onto the crown for a second straight frame was the concluding Middle Earth chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which dipped 24% to an estimated $41.4M pushing the total to $168.5M after 12.5 days. That puts the final film of the trilogy 20% ahead of last year's The Desolation of Smaug and even with 2012's An Unexpected Journey after the same number of December days. Tentpole sequels normally tumble in their second weekends but the holidays helped soften the blow in this case. With an $89.2M international haul this weekend, the worldwide tally now stands at $573.6M with a billion dollars likely by the end.

Sunday, Dec. 21 2014, 03:06 PM

It's the beginning of the end for the Middle Earth Saga as the final chapter in the six-film epic opened this weekend at number one, destroying everything in its path even as it slipped from previous entries. Two other films debuted to middling numbers while most holdovers had substantial falls.

Sunday, Dec. 14 2014, 01:51 PM

Ridley Scott's latest historical epic - the Moses tale Exodus: Gods and Kings - opened at number one at the North American box office topping another sluggish frame. The Fox release debuted to an estimated $24.5M from 3,503 locations for a good $6,994 average. It was a nice start for a non-franchise film debuting in mid-December, a typically slow period when Christmas shopping distracts a large number of adults.

Sunday, Dec. 07 2014, 11:53 AM

The annual post-turkey blues kicked in, and kicked in hard. North America's box office slumped to its second worst weekend of 2014 with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 easily holding onto the crown for the third consecutive time. Lionsgate's latest chapter in the Katniss franchise grossed an estimated $21.6M dropping 62% from the Thanksgiving holiday session. That was slightly better than the 65% fall that Catching Fire suffered this same weekend last year.

Sunday, Nov. 30 2014, 02:57 PM

For the sixth consecutive year, the Thanksgiving holiday session was ruled by a leftover literary-based sequel as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 remained at number one with an estimated $56.9M in ticket sales over the Friday-to-Sunday span. Across the five-day weekend from Wednesday-to-Sunday, the latest Katniss adventure amassed a stellar $82.7M. New releases did not come close to reaching these heights.

Sunday, Nov. 23 2014, 01:38 PM

To no surprise, the latest Katniss Everdeen flick The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soared to the top of the box office scoring the best opening of the entire year and grossed an estimated $123M. But the Lionsgate film also generated the lowest opening weekend for the three-film series taking in 22% less than its predecessor Catching Fire's $158.1M from this very same weekend last year.

Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, 03:06 PM

This weekend, 20 years after the release of the original, the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels sequel Dumb and Dumber To ruled the box office while last weekend's biggest hits had small falls. The rest of the box office was mediocre at best.

Sunday, Nov. 09 2014, 02:13 PM

Hollywood's lucrative holiday movie season kicked off with two event films which both connected with their respective audiences delivering a potent one-two punch driving the box office to its best sales in three months. Disney's animated action-comedy Big Hero 6 opened at number one with an estimated $56.2M from 3,761 locations for a muscular $14,943 average.

Sunday, Nov. 02 2014, 06:20 PM

Halloween madness put a curse on the North American box office which sunk to a seven-week low with all wide releases failing to reach $11M for the weekend or a $4,000 average. Two films tied for the number one spot in a race that was too close to call with weekend estimates so final numbers to be reported on Monday will tell which movie takes the crown - newcomer Nightcrawler or horror holdover Ouija. Either way, it will be an unimpressive victory.

Sunday, Oct. 26 2014, 04:21 PM

This weekend, With Halloween approaching, young women powered the supernatural thriller Ouija to the top of the North American box office with a solid opening of an estimated $20M. It's the third horror film in four weeks to deliver strong results, but the first to hit number one. For the first time in six years Keanu Reeves made it to the top two spots at the box office landing in second place with the opening of his new action thriller John Wick which debuted to an estimated $14.2M.

Sunday, Oct. 19 2014, 04:16 PM

Brad Pitt's World War II tank film Fury topped the North American box office charts opening to an estimated $23.5M for Sony. The brutal R-rated drama averaged a sturdy $7,406 from 3,173 locations and opened in between the $22M of George Clooney's The Monuments Men from February and the $25.7M of Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips from this same month last year. All skewed to an older adult audience using an A-list actor as the anchor.

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