Box Office Predictions: 'Transcendence' Eekes Out Win

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David Koepp gave a great interview on the Carlito's Way special edition, where he talked about how people are often beat up for what they did last. Right now, Johnny Depp is in a place where it feels like he's being attacked for the last ten years or so of his career. Sure, the Pirates of the Caribbean films made money, but now that the actor can...

Box Office Predictions: The Birds of 'Rio 2' Challenge 'Captain America'

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Rio 2 is opening this weekend. As someone who often waits a couple minutes after a show starts so I can skip through the commercials, and as someone without kids, I have little awareness of this franchise. The first film was a massive hit, but we're also at a point now where animated movies are hitting almost every month of the year. Though, perhaps a little...

Box Office Predictions: 'Divergent' May Start a Franchise

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The Young Adult adaptation has proved both a gold mine and minefield for studios. Lionsgate and Summit seem to have the best handle on it, while most every other studio has tried and failed. Warner Brothers may have kicked this modern trend off with Harry Potter, but Twilight and The Hunger Games have led the way of...

Box Office Predictions: 'Need For Speed' Only Moderate

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March has become a big money month for the studios, but this weekend will not be one of the biggest. Need for Speed is opening, and it's a functional car chase/car crash movie that hasn't connected with the Fast and Furious crowd in the way that was hoped for. But it may have enough muscle under the hood to open in the top spot.

Box Office Predictions: Will 'Non-Stop' Halt 'The LEGO Movie?'

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Well, it's going to be a close race this weekend as Non-Stop enters the fray, as does Son of God, both fighting against reigning champ The LEGO Movie. And there's the Oscars, so it's a movie-centric weekend. Who will take the top slot? Likely the Liam Neesons movie, but it could go to any one of the three.

Box Office Predictions: 'RoboCop' Loses to Storm, 'The LEGO Movie'

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This week there are three remakes hitting theaters. You could have called this a remake weekend, except Winter's Tale came along and ruined everything. RoboCop, About Last Night and Endless Love are the aforementioned remakes, all taken from 1980's movies. And yet none of them have enough public awareness to rocket to the top past The...

Box Office Predictions: 'The LEGO Movie' Busts Out

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The LEGO Movie is set to have a huge opening, but -- alas -- the record will not be broken for the biggest February opening weekend. That title is currently held by The Passion of the Christ, which did $83 Million. Still, it's going to do huge numbers for what's often one of the weakest months of the year.

Box Office Predictions: 'Ride Along' Rides Over 'I, Frankenstein'

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So this is a January weekend, old school style. I've talked before about how January used to be the dumping grounds season, but we've recently seen some smartly released films do bang-up business in the first month of the year. Where I, Frankenstein is a perfect example of the sort of dreck genre films we're used to.

Box Office Roundup: 'Ride Along' Rides Over Competition

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Sorry Paramount, you don't have a franchise reboot on your hands. It turns out that January is a good time to release a certain kind of movie, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't one of them. It is a good time for Ride Along, which now has the highest opening ever for a January picture.

Box Office Predictions: 'Ride Along' and 'Jack Ryan' Battle for the Top...

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January has become a strangely competitive season these days. It used to be that anything released in January was considered crap, but now... they might not be the best films in the world, but they're not all exploitation and misfires. Studios now make films specifically for January. That's a huge shift.

Box Office Predictions: 'Hercules' Battles 'Lone Survivor'

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It's a relatively slow weekend at the box office, with one new release (The Legend of Hercules) and two pictures expanding (Her, Lone Survivor), which means that we're in the heart of award season movies, and January releases. Mostly adult fare, but then also, Frozen is turning into a phenomenon, so it could be an interesting race for the top slot.

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' Returns to the Top Spot

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Considering that much of America is suffering through a pretty nasty winter, it's surprising that audiences would turn out en masse for Frozen -- which could remind them of their current situation -- but the film has proved resilient, and has returned to the top spot after six weeks in release. It easily bested the only new picture out this weekend, Paranormal Activity: The Marked...

Box Office Predictions: 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' Enters a...

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There are exactly two official stills for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which suggests that Paramount thinks they're going to make a quick buck on the film, but have no interest in a heavy push. They will make money, that's for sure. These films are usually done for cheap, run about ninety minutes, and have solid opening weekends and die a quick death. There's no reason to...

Box Office Predictions: 'The Wolf' Battles 'Smaug' for Top Slot

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It's the day after everything opened, that is to say it's the day after Christmas, which means that we already have a look at how this weekend could play out. And with Wednesday's numbers in, it's going to be a battle for the top slot, likely between Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of...

Box Office Predictions: 'Anchorman' Defeats 'Hobbit,' News at 11

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Though many reviews are mixed, and few are saying it's as good or better than the first (though surely someone will because it will show up in the TV spots), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues should clean up over its five day release window. There's also some expansion releases, and Fox's Walking with Dinosaurs, so there's a full plate of movies to chose from.