Box Office Predictions: Same as it Ever Was, Same as it Ever Was

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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.

Box Office Roundup: 'Catching Fire' is a Champion

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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.

Box Office Predictions: 'Catching Fire' Will Be Caught

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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...

Box Office Predictions: 'Ender's Game' Tops But Disappoints

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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...

Box Office Predictions: Crazy 'Carrie' Challenges 'Gravity

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This weekend should test the staying (and grossing) power of Gravity, as it's been on top for two weeks. It seems unlikely that it will be able to defeat Bad Grandpa when that hits theaters next weekend, but this weekend, with Carrie, Escape Plan and The Fifth...

Box Office Predictions: 'Gravity' Trumps 'Captain Phillips'

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This weekend both Captain Phillips and Machete Kills hit screens, but they can't compete with Gravity. The question is if there's enough box office oxygen for either to survive. And though that could be read as a play on the astronauts in Gravity, this is October, and these are three "adult"...

Box Office Predictions: 'Gravity' Crushes 'Runner'

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There are two films opening this weekend, and both star Batman. In this case, the star of Batman and Robin has the advantage, while the upcoming star of Batman Vs. Superman (or whatever they call it) is in the turkey. Gravity should handily win the weekend over Runner Runner.

Box Office Predictions: 'Cloudy 2' Shines Through

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With Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 set to gross over $40 Million this weekend, you wouldn't know we're in September. But the calendar year is no longer segregated into summer/winter, everything else. We're now seeing that the right film released in January or September can clean up. That is, if there's no competition.

Box Office Predictions: 'Insidious 2' Topples 'The Family'

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Yeah, we're in September, where the stakes are much much lower for the movies released, and often the titles that come out may not be remembered in the years, months or weeks to come. This week brings Insidious 2 and The Family, with the former the second film from director James Wan in as many months.

Box Office Predictions: 'Riddick' Should Grab the Top Spot

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There's really only one movie this weekend, and it's the Vin Diesel franchise resurrection that is Riddick. The last time Diesel suited up as Richard B. Riddick it was 2004, and The Chronicles of Riddick opened to $24 Million, only to make less than $60 Million at the box office. Here, $60 Million would be considered a win.

Box Office Report: 'One Direction' Tops the Pops

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Though out of the top ten, both Pacific Rim and World War Z crossed milestones this weekend. The former is now at over $100 Million domestic, while Z is over $200 Million. As for the rest of it, well, it's a lazy holiday weekend.

Box Office Predictions: 2013's Summer Ends Not With a Bang, but a Whimper

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The photo above is for the concert movie One Direction: This is Us. It is a movie that comes out this weekend, and could well top the box office, because there's slim pickings, and maybe tween and teenage girls want to see the film. It could happen. But mostly it's because there's not much else out there.

Box Office Predictions: 'The Butler' Clashes with 'Kick Ass'

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With cinema hitting the mid-point of August, you can really feel things winding down so everyone can catch a breath. Even though this week offers an Oscar hopeful and a comic-book sequel, neither is going to break $30 Million, and -- though there are some good films between now and then -- the box office isn't going to pick up again until October.

Box Office Predictions: 'Elysium' Fights Off 'Planes'

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Elysium is set to hit the big screen as one of the most thoughtful (in that it has thoughts) films of the summer season. But where District 9 was a little picture that could, here director Neill Blomkamp is working with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, and there seems to be less a groundswell of interest. Still, mech suits.