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Box Office: 'Pacific Rim' Can't Outgun 'Despicable Me 2' & Adam Sandler’s 'Grown Ups 2'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 14, 2013 2:53 PM
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Despicable Me 2
For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hubbub around the Internet about whether Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" could withstand Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2." Early tracking reports showed del Toro's monster movie trailing behind Sandler's comic reunion rehash. In response, critics have been up in arms, worried about the general public's questionable taste and wondering what this would mean for future of film. If "Grown Ups 2" won and "Pacific Rim" lost, the argument was that this would result in the film industry becoming even more entrenched in sure-fire franchises rather than risking money on larger-scope original concepts.

Box Office: Families Love 'Despicable Me 2'; 'The Lone Ranger' Bites The Dust, Kemosabe

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 7, 2013 1:09 PM
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The Lone Ranger,  Johnny Depp
This was a 4th of July weekend for the record books, and we're not talking about fireworks. With an estimated $220 million worth of tickets sold (a 12% increase from last year's 4th of July), moviegoers set a new three-day weekend record for the holiday. As for the films themselves, this weekend marked a predicted upset. If we had said a few years ago that a non-Pixar animated sequel would trample a Johnny Depp-starring Disney reboot, you would have called us crazy and gone to the comment section to remind us how critics also snickered at a little theme-park-attraction-turned-movie called "Pirates of the Caribbean." Well, it looks like that day has come and the not-so-mighty "The Lone Ranger" has fallen to an über-successful "Despicable Me 2."

Box Office: 'The Heat' Burns 'White House Down'; 'Monsters University' Still Valedictorian

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 30, 2013 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat
In its second week, Pixar's "Monsters University" is still top of the class with $46.2 million and a running total of $171 million. Pixar should enjoy the top spot while it lasts. With Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opening next weekend, 'Monsters' is bound to lose some of its family audience and may not even get a passing grade this 4th of July weekend.

Box Office: 'Monsters' & 'World War Z' Zombies Beat Back 'Man Of Steel'; 'Monsters U' Registers 2nd Highest Pixar Opening

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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Monsters University
"Monsters University" aced its opening weekend with an estimated $82 million domestically ($136.5 million worldwide), making the film Pixar's second largest debut (after "Toy Story 3," which made $110.3 million its opening weekend). This will also be Pixar's 14th film to open in first place and marks one heck of a winning streak. If you're struggling to remember all of the other 13, check out our "From Worst To Best: Ranking The Pixar Movies."

2013: The Box Office Year-In-Review (So Far)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 18, 2013 3:37 PM
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Iron Man 3
We're about halfway through a year that has seen no seismic shift in business from previous ones. Earlier in 2013 it was clear the year was lacking and had no "The Hunger Games" or "The Avengers" to prop up overall stats. As we've eased into summer, however, the numbers have strengthened, and audiences have feasted on a number of hits thus far, with more to come as the weather gets warmer.

Box Office: 'Man Of Steel' Flies Above The Rest With $113 Million; 'This Is The End' Made Ends Meet With $32.8 Million

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 16, 2013 1:52 PM
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Man of Steel
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a massive hit for Warner Bros. this Father's Day weekend. The Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot "Man of Steel" is set to rake in a bit over $113 million ($125 million if you include the Walmart screenings on Thursday night), making it the largest June opening of all time (not adjusting for inflation, it beats out former record-holder 'Toy Story 3' that made $110.3 million), the 18th opening in general of all time, and 4th for non-sequel openings. As it stands, the film has made more than the next 4 films on this list combined.

Box Office: ‘The Purge’ Surges With $36 Million; ‘The Internship’ Doesn’t Get Hired

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 9, 2013 12:36 PM
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The dystopian horror-thriller “The Purge” is destined to gross roughly $36.4 million domestically for its opening weekend ($16.7 million dollars from the opening night alone) and has become the surprise hit of the summer, with The Hollywood Reporter dubbing it the “Box Office Shocker.” Not only is “The Purge” in the top spot over some should-have-been-tough competition (we saw this coming), the film is also whupping said competition, making nearly over 3 times per screen as “The Internship.”

'Iron Man 3' Crosses The $1B Mark, But What Are The Best & Worst Movies In The Billion-Dollar Club?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2013 1:45 PM
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Iron Man 3
We tend not to weigh in on box-office so much bar our weekly rundown on Sunday afternoons, but every so often a significant milestone comes up, and today is such a day; various sources report that some time yesterday, Marvel's "Iron Man 3" crossed the billion dollar mark at the box office (while also managing to cross $300 million domestically, making it the first film of 2013 to do so).

2012 The Year In Box Office: Hits, Flops And Secret Successes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 27, 2012 2:15 PM
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So we’re completing a year of record domestic box office returns, but it’s impossible to ignore that the international market is a hefty player, taking a bigger overall chunk of the pie. It’s not good enough for a picture to perform in America – if it doesn’t grab more than half its share from international crowds, it’s not a complete success. The proliferation of franchises and 3D have turned most American films into our most in-demand export, and it’s changed the box office landscape immensely.

The Amazing Race: Does Box Office Still Matter To The Oscars, And Do The Oscars Still Matter To Box Office?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2012 3:31 PM
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Let's be honest, the are about money. Not entirely about money: there's also the potential for executives and directors to win bragging rights over the colleagues. And there's a degree of back-patting celebration of the industry in there as well. But if the studios didn't think they could wring a few extra dimes from their product by giving them awards, there's no way that the Oscars would have the massive place in film culture that they maintain.

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