Box Office Roundup: 'Captain America 2' Fends Off Birds

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It's harder and harder to stay on top of the box office with so many hit films coming out every week, so it's impressive that Captain America: The Winter Soldier fended off Rio 2, though it's hold isn't all that spectacular.  The Rio sequel did as much business as it's predecessor, which isn't great news, but it did...

Box Office Roundup: 'Noah' Sails High, 'Sabotage' Defeats Self

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Perhaps Paramount didn't screw up their approach with Noah as much as it seems they did. Though it wasn't screened for critics in chunks of the country and they seemed unsure of how to sell the picture or its religious trappings, the film opened to a nearly hundred million dollar worldwide weekend. While Sabotage died. Embarrassingly...

Box Office Roundup: 'Divergent' Clocks Top Spot

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Is the Divergent opening good enough? On paper, yes. The film should get to $150-ish domestic without too much problem, and could even get to $200 Million. But in the new blockbuster model, that may not be enough. Oh, and the new Muppets movie tanked.

Box Office Roundup: No 'Need for Speed'

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Well, that didn't happen. Need for Speed seemed liked it should have been a contender, with fast cars, and hot stars like Aaron Paul. But audiences were warned off by critics, and the advertising (it seems) didn't hook them. Perhaps it's partly because the film had little appeal to Breaking Bad fans, but the film came in third this weekend,...

Box Office Roundup: '300: Rise of an Empire' Takes the Top Spot

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  Generally studios try to get a  sequel out within a three or four year timespan. Whereas 300: Rise of an Empire came seven years after the first. It did rather well, but it's $45 Million opening makes us wonder if the studio is happy the film outperformed expectations, or disappointed that they couldn't get it on screen sooner.

Box Office Roundup: 'The LEGO Movie' is a Behemoth

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Though there was little doubt about how this was going to go down, The LEGO Movie trounced everything else that hit theaters, then ate them up and spit them out. Which means that both Pompeii and 3 Days to Kill better hope for better international numbers. 

Box Office Roundup: 'The LEGO Movie' Trounces 'RoboCop'

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No one really loved the new RoboCop. In fact, most of the pans and praise covered the same territory. Assembly line films get assembly line reviews. And audiences seemed to be able to tell that was the case. Which may be why The LEGO Movie stayed on top. But it may also be because it's really good and everyone loves it.

Box Office Roundup: 'The LEGO Movie' is Likely to Start a Franchise

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There was a moment on Saturday where -- when The LEGO Movie did $17 Million -- people thought the film wouldn't get to $60 Million. Yeah, those people were wrong, and the Chris Miller/Phil Lord directed movie made nearly seventy million, which means if we hear word of a LEGO Movie 2 in the next couple days, it's because the film is likely to make over two...

Weekend Box Office: 'Ride Along' Tops the Charts for Third Week

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     Say what you will about the film itself, Ride Along is a huge, huge hit, and Universal was right to start working on a sequel months ago. Perhaps they'll have a follow up ready for next year, regardless, the film is going to get over a hundred million and should do so next weekend. As for the other new films...

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' and 'Catching Fire' Appeal to Families More...

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Movies tend to open and fade away. Such is the nature of modern box office. But Christmas is the one time of year where that's not always the case. Which is why -- kind of out of nowhere, but it makes perfect sense -- Frozen came close to being the number one film of the weekend, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now seems like it could...

Box Office Roundup: 'The Hobbit' Smaugs 'Anchorman 2'

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Paramount did a lot to hype up Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but it couldn't tackle heavy expectations and the still sort of juggernaut-ish Lord of the Rings films. They tried, and for their efforts have $40 Million in the bank. But with the holidays about to start, the question is if it (and, for that matter, The Desolation...

Box Office Roundup: 'Smaug' Covers the Top of the Charts

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took the top of the of the box office this weekend, which is no surprise. It's a big movie and part of one of the most successful franchises in cinema. Who would guess that Orlando Bloom would star in seven of the biggest movies of all time? Especially after Elizabethtown?

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' Jumps Over 'Fire'

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Well, there wasn't much to this week's box office, except for a win for Frozen in taking the top slot as it didn't fall quite as hard as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire did. But things are going to pick up next week with the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, so there's that.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Earns Just Over $25 Million In Thursday...

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As our own Damon Houx noted on Thursday, film adaptations of Young Adult novels are a tricky thing.  For every Young Adult franchise that manages to have just the right combination of stars, storyline, and direction (Twilight, inexplicably), there are a handful of clunkers that simply can’t catch the zeitgeist (The Mortal Instruments, The Host).  The...