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'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.

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."

Box Office: 'Gravity' Soars Through 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' & Leaps Over 'Runner Runner'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Although profits from this weekend were lower overall than those from this time last year (roughly $19 million less, or a 13.4% drop), the box office still did decently ($123 million—not too shabby) thanks to the top two films and their reportedly mind-blowing visual effects, which made filmgoers more inclined to fork over a few extra dollars for 3D and IMAX.

Box Office: 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' Made It Rain; No 'Rush' To See 'Baggage Claim' Or 'Don Jon'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
If the summer went out with a whimper, September is going out with a friendly shrug. With a little over a third of the number of films in release as last year (44 compared to 120), the box office managed to stick in there, missing last year's domestic gross by roughly only $11.7 million (2012—$119.3 million, 2013—$107.6 million). Now what does that mean? Well, there weren't that many choices, but nearly the same amount of people showed up and the average film did better statistically. Don't worry though, this should turn around soon as more prestigious and awards-eying films to continue to roll out in the upcoming weeks.

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