There are two wide releases this weekend looking to challenge The LEGO Movie's run at the top of the box office. Will either make a dent? It seems unlikely.
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...
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.
There are two pictures going wide this weekend: That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, and Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. And if either stood a chance of breaking out, they wouldn't be coming out Super Bowl weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens this weekend, and though it should make a great deal of money, it's hard to suggest that anyone's all that excited about seeing it. Sure, it's got more action than the last one, but still.
There is one movie opening this weekend. That's Inside Llewyn Davis, which will be on four whole screens. And those screens will be in New York and Los Angeles, so there's not going to be much to observe this week except huge drops after a holiday weekend. It will be like when gravity is restored in a movie. Sharp plummets.
In a surprise to roughly no one, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a massive, massive hit. Then again, the question when the film opened wasn't "is it going to work" but "how big is it?" Answer: A little over $160 Million.
Opening a week before Thanksgiving, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might clear $300 Million in ten days. That's the hope anyway, it's going to be a biggun regardless. The record for a three day opening is currently held by The Avengers, which made over $200 Million, and had the benefit of 3D and Imax (whereas this just has Imax). But that's...
Last week brought Thor: The Dark World. Next week brings The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. So in between those two titans the only film going into wide release is The Best Man Holiday. Which is smart counter-programming.
This weekend Thor: The Dark World hits theaters, and it could have been a mistake to release what seems to be a summer film in the fall months. But with tracking suggesting a near hundred million dollar opening, it might be smart not to question Marvel at this point.
It feels like turning Ender's Game into a movie was inevitable, and that sense of inevitability may be why the film doesn't feel like an event. Or perhaps it's that Orson Scott Card has turned into a crank who says offensive things, or maybe it's because the cast doesn't exactly pop. Whatever the reason, the film is going to have a struggle making much of an impact on...
After a stunning three-week run at the top of the charts, it looks like Bad Grandpa will finally dethrone Gravity from the top spot. It was great while it lasted.