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Box Office: 'Smaug' Burns Burgundy, Defends Top Spot Against 'Anchorman 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 22, 2013 2:42 PM
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Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
By Odin's raven, by the beard of Zeus, by the furry foot of Bilbo ("the bravest little hobbit of them all," according to legend/fan Leonard Nimoy)... Tolkien enthusiasts stood their ground against Anchorman's cult following and massive marketing campaign (Buy Dodge). As the dust settled, the streets did indeed run red (or at least reddish) with Burgundy's blood as Smaug's fire-belly burnt Baxter, Doby and the Channel 4 news team to smithereens. Not to say that it wasn't a battle of worthy adversaries, with 'Hobbit 2' suffering the largest percentage drop on the leaderboard (57.3% decrease), but 'Smaug' managed past that dent under its left wing and maintained its spot on top of the box office heap. Also of note for the weekend, there was a 36.6% increase at the overall box office since last year, proving that sometimes mediocre, rather than miserable, weather can be good for ticket sales.

Box Office 2013 Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And The 'Oldboy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Best of Box Office, 2013
The standards for what constituted a megahit used to be reaching the fabled $100 million milestone. The goalposts have been moved: only taking into account domestic numbers, a whopping thirty films this year crossed that mark, and a couple more stragglers might join them soon.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Smokes Out 'Madea Family Christmas' & 'Frozen' But Underperforms Within The Franchise

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 15, 2013 3:45 PM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Braving the snow, sleet and other miscellaneous travails relating to cold weather, audiences came out in droves for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The second of the three 'The Hobbit' installments (or 'The Lord of the Rings' prequels, cue wincing from Tolkien fans) took the top spot and made $73.7 million for the weekend, which included a strong midnight opening night of $8.8 million, the second best ever for the month of December.

Box Office: 'Frozen' Freezes Out 'Catching Fire,' 'Out Of The Furnace' Fizzles

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 8, 2013 1:44 PM
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Oh, the weather outside is... Well, it's not that frightful yet—but it is a tad chilly. In that winter wonderland spirit, audiences flooded to "Frozen" over fellow holdover "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and newcomer "Out of the Furnace."

Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Frozen' Break Thanksgiving Records; 'Oldboy' Tanks

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • December 1, 2013 2:54 PM
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Blazing at the box office, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" shot out the other tributes and made a whopping $74.5 million this weekend, part of an even more eye-popping $110.1 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend (shattering the $82.4 million record set by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone").

Box Office: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Blazes & Breaks Records As 5th Largest All-Time Opening Weekend

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 24, 2013 2:08 PM
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Exceeding already great expectations as the highly-anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games" (which opened with $152.5 million), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" made a jaw-dropping, predecessor-surpassing $161.1 million (already making back its reported $130 million budget domestically) and averaged $38,704 per theater.

Box Office: 'Thor 2' Marvels With $479.8M Total Worldwide; 'Best Man Holiday' Rings In 2nd W/ $30.6M

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 17, 2013 2:46 PM
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Thor: The Dark World
In its second weekend, "Thor: The Dark World" held onto the top spot with $38.4 million. Domestically, the movie is nearing the $150 million mark with a running total of $147 million. Internationally, it's already crossed the $450 million mark, with a running total of $479.8 million, and has surpassed the entire theatrical run of its predecessor, "Thor," which made $449.3 million. In spite of possible bad word-of-mouth once people actually saw it (our own review called it "the most deeply flawed Marvel movie since 'Iron Man 2' "), 'Thor 2' suffered only a 55% drop in its second weekend (compared to the 58% drop "Iron Man 3" felt from opening to second weekend).

Box Office: 'Thor: The Dark World' Hammers To #1, $327 Million Worldwide

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 10, 2013 1:53 PM
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Thor: The Dark World
This weekend, Marvel's hammer came down and "Thor: The Dark World" was a smash at the box office with an estimated domestic total of $86.1 million, making it the largest opening of the year so far after "Iron Man 3" ($174.1 million), "Man of Steel" ($116.6 million) and "Fast and Furious 6" ($97.4 million). Internationally, the film has already raked in $327 million (having been released in select international markets last weekend), making back its budget of $170 million and then some.

Box Office: 'Ender's Game' Wins Jackpot Over 'Last Vegas'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 3, 2013 1:32 PM
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Ender's Game
Considering the love-or-hate, finicky temperament of its core audience targets (grownup sci-fi fans and young adults), Gavin Hood's "Ender's Game" (starring Asa Butterfield as the titular Ender) fared well, ending up in the top spot with $28 million. The long awaited sci-fi adaptation... Oh wait, we've heard that before... ("John Carter" and, to a lesser degree, "Eragon" and "The Golden Compass"). Not to say that "Ender's Game" is on that ominous road, but "John Carter" did fare better during its opening weekend ($30.2 million) and still didn't break $75 million at the domestic box office ($73.1 million), becoming an industry joke on its $250 million budget.

Box Office: 'Gravity' & 'Captain Phillips' Reign Over 'Carrie'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
In spite of being in its third weekend and with Halloween right around the corner, "Gravity" took the number one spot, with "Captain Phillips" following right behind, beating out a gang of newcomers: horror remake "Carrie," Schwarzenegger and Stallone actioner "Escape Plan," and the Julian Assange story starring Sherlock, "The Fifth Estate."

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