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Box-Office: ‘Captain America’ Threepeats At #1, Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Flops Hard

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 20, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transcendence
Disney is having a good year. Thanks to the insane success of “Frozen” and their Marvel studios wing, the studio has already crossed the $1 billion mark for 2014 and it’s not even May. Part of that success is thanks to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which spent its third week at the #1 box-office spot. Crossing the $200 million mark domestically, the film added another $26.6 million to its domestic tally (only down 36% from the previous weekend) and banked another $35.3 million overseas for $586 million total worldwide. Could it be one of Marvel's highest grossing films ever? Maybe, but it still has a ways to go to crack the top 2 ("Avengers" with 1.5 billion and "Iron Man 3" with $1.2 billion).

Box Office: 'Captain America 2' Flies Over 'Rio 2' To Take Top Spot Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2014 12:01 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Is was the battle of the sequels this weekend. With "Rio 2" arriving as the toughest competition to the behemoth that is "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the question was whether or not the Marvel hero could off the family friendly newcomer. And it was a close battle, but Steve Rogers emerged victorious.

Box-Office: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Breaks April Records With A Whopping $96.2 Million Opening Weekend

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 6, 2014 12:12 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel’s hegemony continues, but it’s too be expected, right? If the mediocre “Thor: The Dark World” could open to $85 million domestically, surely the better-reviewed and mostly critically-loved “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” could best that by a significant margin, right? Well, in almost 4,000 theaters, it was only roughly $10 million (12%) more, but the ‘Captain America’ sequel broke April box-office records this weekend and grossed a whopping $10.2 million during late Thursday screenings and $30-something million on opening day. The cumulative effect rang up $96.2 million, a little shy of the breaking $100 million estimates, but still Marvel’s fourth-highest opening ever after “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” and “Iron Man 2,” which does seem a little low compared to ‘IM2,’ but it is April, and Chris Evans is not quite Robert Downey Jr. Still, as being criticized for the most boring of ‘Avengers’ characters, the Captain is sitting pretty this weekend.

Box Office: 'Noah' Rides To #1, 'Sabotage' Bombs & 'Frozen' Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Pic Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2014 12:05 PM
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Noah trailer
There were concerns about whether or not the crucial faith-based audience would buy tickets, and Paramount was choosy about who got to see Darren Aronofsky's grim, dark and bleak "Noah" in advance, but there's no doubt ticket buyers were curious, with the biblical tale taking in over $40 million this weekend. It's easily the director's best opening of his career, and a decent shot in the arm for the reported $125 million movie, which is also doing solid business overseas (it has already earned $51 million abroad). But still questionable are the legs it will have over the next few weeks, and the signs aren't that good.

Box-Office: It's No 'Hunger Games,' But ‘Divergent’ Kicks Off Its Sci-Fi YA Franchise With A Healthy Number 1 Slot

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 23, 2014 12:02 PM
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Divergent
To paraphrase a salient tweet from L.A. Times writer Ben Fritz, It’s no “Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” but with a solid $56.7 million opening, the sci-fi YA adaptation “Divergent” won’t be a “Vampire Academy” or “Mortal Instruments”-type flop either. And yes, they tend to come in those black and white terms so far: either a massive success or a bomb (though ‘Mortal Instruments’ seems like it may limp towards a sequel). But that’s all very relative.

Slow Box-Office Finds ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ In First Place; ‘Need For Speed’ Stalls In 3rd

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 16, 2014 1:09 PM
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Need For Speed
Well, this was unexpected (that is if you’re not attentively looking at Friday and Saturday numbers with a sniper’s eyes). You might think, considering the success of “The Fast & Furious” series, that something similarly adrenaline-focused like the vroom-fast “Need For Speed” film would be critic-proof, and that audiences—who have to wait an extra year for a new ‘Fast & Furious’ film—might check into the junior series starring Aaron Paul. But it was not to be. While Disney was already projecting low (at least low for a would-be car franchise) $20 million numbers for “Need For Speed,” the film (which was roasted by critics; here’s our review) sputtered to the finish line with $17.8 million at the box office, stalling at the number 3 position for its opening weekend debut.

Taken Again: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' Snatches The Top Box-Office Slot; 'Frozen' Hits The $1 Billion Mark

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 2, 2014 1:54 PM
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Liam Neeson, Non-Stop
If it felt like a forgettable and rather dead weekend at the box office, that’s because it was. Studios typically don’t release major films in theaters the weekend of the Academy Awards, the conventional wisdom being that everyone’s going to be watching the awards, gearing up for the awards, and or doing something that involves preparing for the ceremony and not going to movies.

Weekend Box Office: 'Lego Movie' Blocks Out Newcomers, But 'About Last Night' Is Still Strong

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 16, 2014 12:49 PM
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LEGO movie
When your options are a tepidly received “RoboCop” remake and a Valentine’s Day-themed romance movie that only the teenage girl die-hards seemed interested in (“Endless Love”), is it any wonder “The Lego Movie” blocked out the competition this weekend? That said, performing quite well was the “About Last Night” remake. And no, don’t chalk that one up to ’80s nostalgia—instead, see it as one more film connecting with the underserved African-American audience who are happy to come out in droves when a movie is actually geared towards them.

Box Office: Everyone Went To See 'The Lego Movie' But Your Dad Saw 'Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2014 1:00 PM
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Call it the power of nostalgia, and an indicator of just how much those plastic bricks are a part of popular culture. Everyone went to see Warner Bros. "The Lego Movie" this weekend, with the critically acclaimed animated film hauling in a massive $69 million, making it the best February opening since "Passion Of The Christ" a decade ago. And with huge buzz on the film, an A-grade CinemaScore and seemingly everyone falling head over heels for the flick, expect this one to stick around for a while. No wonder they are already working on a sequel.

Box Office: 'Ride Along' Cruises Along In Top Spot, 'Labor Day' Bakes At Low Heat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 5:03 PM
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Ride Along
In light of the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, talk of box office seems a bit superficial at this point, so we'll keep things a bit brief.

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