Box Office Predictions: 'Dragon 2' and '22' Open Huge

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Studios often decide against opening two franchises against each other, but this weekend should see two films soar at the box office. But it's partly because they don't have as much crossover as -- say -- two superhero movies. Both How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street should be huge this weekend.

Box Office Roundup: 'Fault in Our Stars' Topples 'Tomorrow'

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Edge of Tomorrow had everything going for it... except an ad campaign that could reveal the idea in a way that got audiences excited about it. The Fault in Our Stars had everything going against it... except that's a total lie, it was primed to be a big hit. Basically, the expected happened this weekend.

Box Office Predictions: 'Edge of Tomorrow' Edged Out by 'The Fault in Our...

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Tom Cruise was once the most reliable performer in cinema. He was once one of the last great movie stars. That time has passed for many reasons, some personal, some due to the cinematic tectonic plates that have shifted over the last thirty years. Which is why he's poised to lose the weekend to a movie starring Shailene Woodley.

Box Office Roundup: 'Maleficent' Trounces 'West'

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This weekend showed that Disney knows how to market their brand as Maleficent opened to seventy million, and has a shot at making more money than either Godzilla or The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It also showed that maybe Seth MacFarlane will not be transitioning into movie stardom.

Box Office Predictions: 'Maleficent' Slaughters Seth MacFarlane

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The Disney brand is a powerful thing, and it looks to dominate the weekend with Maleficent. This is somewhat surprising since the film isn't being all that well received, but it does star Angelina Jolie, and is based on popular fairy tale/animated film. Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West is also opening, and is being panned...

Box Office Predictions: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Will Have a Memorable...

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It's Memorial Day weekend, which means school is almost out and summer actually begins (no matter what Hollywood would lead you to believe), and now there's a new X-Men movie from original series director Bryan Singer. The film looks to be a huge hit, and should open big over the weekend, though the director is unlikely to throw a party to celebrate.

Box Office Predictions: 'Godzilla' Gets a Weekend to Stomp

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Well, this summer has been a little unpredictable so far, but it looks like Godzilla will definitely dominate this weekend. The question is if it can do over $150 Million domestic, and what the international numbers are like. As this summer's shown, getting to a $60-$70 Million (or even $90 Million) is no guarantee of over $150-$200 Million.

Box Office Roundup: 'Neighbors' Soars, 'Spider-Man' Crashes

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The Seth Rogen/Zac Efron vehicle Neighbors had the potential to blow up, but Universal and many thought the film would open in the mid-$30 Million range at best.  Yeah, that was a low estimate, the film made over fifty million this weekend. Also, in a suprise to no one paying attention, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 collapsed this weekend.

Box Office Predictions: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Takes Top Spot, But...

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There is an argument to be made that critics often give the first films of summer a pass. It's partly because they're ginormous studio productions, and it used to be that coverage and/or advertising could be hurt by panning their latest blockbuster. But also there's often a sense of a soft pass, films that aren't particularly great (at least in the critic's eyes) but also not worth going hard...

Box Office Predictions: 'Captain America 2' Winzzzz

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The picture above is from this weekend's The Other Woman, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. This could be a big breakthrough role for Upton as Hollywood has seemingly been courting her. She's got the right mixture of innocence and cleavage to be the hot girl maybe other women don't hate. Still, the movie is DOA.

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.