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Box Office: 'Ride Along' Keeps Rolling In Top Spot While 'I, Frankenstein' Croaks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2014 1:12 PM
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So, guess who really likes Kevin Hart? America. For the second weekend in a row, "Ride Along" took the top spot at the box office. This is a big win for Universal, with the $25 million comedy already crossing $75 million, and looking very comfortably at $100 million in the distance. How long until a sequel is greenlit?

Box Office: 'Ride Along' Arrests Top Spot, 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Stays Undercover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2014 1:27 PM
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Ride Along
The first weekend after the Oscar nominations is here, and what did audiences vote for? "Ride Along." The Ice Cube/Kevin Hart team up comedy made Universal very happy, pocketing over $40 million in its first weekend, marking a strong start for the movie, which should have great legs with audiences, who gave it an A-grade CinemaScore. And overall, the multiplexes were busy with audiences making it the second best Martin Luther King holiday-weekend in history.

Box Office: 'Lone Survivor' Outguns The Competition To Take Top Slot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2014 12:31 PM
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Lone Survivor
Here's a lesson Hollywood might want to consider: Peter Berg's "Battleship" cost over $200 million and took $25 million on its opening weekend. By contrast, the tough adult war thriller "Lone Survivor" cost $40 million, and almost made up its budget this weekend earning $38 million and taking the number one slot. Just sayin' ...

'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: 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: 'Bad Grandpa' Knocks Down 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Makes The Top Ten

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 27, 2013 1:38 PM
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Jackass: Bad Grandpa
After three weeks, "Gravity" has been taken down a peg by none other than "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa." Although it could read disheartening (Oscar-buzzed original sci-fi knocked down by lowbrow comedy third sequel), there's hope yet that we can still have nice things as a few limited release, independent films make their way onto the leader board.

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