Frozen asked if the world wanted to build a snowman. They got their answer: Yes. The film is now the tenth highest grossing film of all time worldwide, and just passed Toy Story 3 to become the most successful animated movie ever globally.
This week brings Frozen to Blu-ray and DVD, which is funny because the film is still playing in theaters, and is in the top ten, box office-wise. There’s also some Oscar also-rans hitting as well, and some great Criterion catalog stuff.
Sunday night brings the Oscars, which means we're finally almost done with this whole Oscar race thing. So let's have fun and prediction who will win. Why not, right?
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.
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...
Who though I, Frankenstein was going to be a hit? Anyone, anyone, Bueller, Bueller? Still, one might think it would at least be a little more competitive. Alas, no.
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.
It's January, which usually means a sleepy box office. But not this year. Lone Survivor ended up cleaning house this weekend and made nearly $40 Million, which is one of the biggest January openings ever.
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...
With each new Guild list of nominations, the playing field for the 2014 Oscars gets more and more cemented. The Producers Guild of America unleashed their picks for the best of 2013, and films like American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street made the cut.
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...
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
Though The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won the weekend, Disney's Frozen proved itself a big winner by netting nearly a hundred million over it's five day opening. Homefront was a non-starter, while Oldboy didn't crack the top ten or top fifteen. Ouch.
Disney has dealt with hardships as they continue to revamp their animation department. Hopefully, they're starting another wave of magical stories with visuals that will captivate generations. Frozen successfully brings back the killer combination of fine storytelling, art and vision to make it their best animated feature of the past decade.