2014 Had The Lowest Movie Ticket Sales Since 1995

Final data isn't in, but it looks as though overall U.S. box office was down in 2014 from 2013 — although the major studios still made over $10 billion domestically. Most significantly, the number of tickets sold dropped 6 percent, to the lowest amount since 1995. » 12/30/14 6:30pm 12/30/14 6:30pm

Big Hero 6 Just Beat Interstellar At This Weekend's Box Office

Big Hero 6 is on track to rake in a little over $56-million this weekend, edging out Interstellar for the top spot at the U.S. box office. » 11/09/14 3:15pm 11/09/14 3:15pm

Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Now The Highest Grossing Movie Of 2014

The Marvel franchise critics once called too-minor and too-goofy to succeed has upped the ante yet again. Guardians of the Galaxy has surpassed The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office. » 8/30/14 2:00pm 8/30/14 2:00pm

Guardians Of The Galaxy Reclaims Pole Position At The Box Office

Marvel's big gamble continues to deliver. Guardians of the Galaxy moved back into the #1 spot at the U.S. box office this weekend, having finished the last two weekends in second place to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. » 8/24/14 9:30am 8/24/14 9:30am

Guardians of the Galaxy Crushes Box Office Records With $94M Opening

Not long ago, people were convinced that Guardians of the Galaxy was too minor a franchise with too goofy a premise to succeed at the box office. Disney shut those critics up this morning, reporting a weekend haul of $94-million dollars – the biggest August opening of all time. » 8/03/14 12:15pm 8/03/14 12:15pm

Totally Brilliant Movies That The Studio Tried To Bury

This weekend, the acclaimed movie Snowpiercer comes out in the United States at last... in a handful of theaters, with almost no publicity. And Snowpiercer isn't the first beloved movie to get this treatment. Here are some movies that almost everybody agrees are brilliant — but which were released in a vacuum. » 6/26/14 12:28pm 6/26/14 12:28pm

How Can a Movie Series Bounce Back From "Franchise Fatigue"?

X-Men: Days of Future Past didn't just have one of the biggest Memorial Day openings ever. The seventh X-Men movie also had the best opening since X-Men 3 in 2006, nabbing $110 million over four days. Does this mean that "franchise fatigue" is over? Or just that the right movie can overcome it? » 5/27/14 1:09pm 5/27/14 1:09pm

Frozen has smashed the record for the highest-grossing opening for a Disney movie, earning $66.7 million over three days and $93M over the entire five-day holiday. It's also the biggest Thanksgiving debut, though Catching Fire now holds the overall Thanksgiving record, earning $74.5M for three days and $100.2M for the… » 12/01/13 11:30am 12/01/13 11:30am

Gravity has earned $55.6 million in its opening weekend, trouncing early predictions that Alfonso Cuarón's space film would open at $35 million. It earned $11.2 million in IMAX tickets alone, the biggest October opening for an IMAX film. [USA Today] » 10/06/13 2:30pm 10/06/13 2:30pm

Biggest Box Office Hits and Misses of Summer 2013

Was this the most brutal movie summer? It certainly felt that way. Tons of massive films completely tanked at the box office, and some of our most highly anticipated movies were huge disappointments. But this summer also beat last summer for total ticket sales. Here are the summer's biggest winners and losers. » 8/29/13 1:04pm 8/29/13 1:04pm

James Wan’s latest horror outing The Conjuring is on track to surpass $100M at the domestic box office this weekend. Bloody Disgusting points out that it's currently the ninth highest grossing horror film, and could well top $140M. Dear Hollywood, audiences will pay to see well made horror. » 8/03/13 1:30pm 8/03/13 1:30pm

There'll probably never be another Judge Dredd movie

He may be the law, but Judge Dredd has been overruled at the box office. Dredd didn't even meet the studio's lowball estimates of $9 million to $10 million in its first weekend in the United States, pulling in an estimated $6.3 million instead. And it hasn't even done well enough in the U.K. and other European… » 9/24/12 6:20am 9/24/12 6:20am

Biggest Box Office Hits and Misses of Summer 2012

This was another brutal summer, where movie titans did battle. And now that it's over, some films stand tall and victorious, while others lay dead in the killing fields. Back at the start of the summer, we asked you which movies would be a sleeper hit, and which movies would be a surprise flop. Now it's time to find… » 8/13/12 12:13pm 8/13/12 12:13pm

Just how badly will the Total Recall remake flop?

1990's Total Recall was one of the most profitable movies ever — it cost just $65 million to make and grossed around $262 million worldwide. But the new remake, starring Colin Farrell, was reportedly made for a staggering $200 million. And even though it comes out on Friday, we're hearing almost no buzz about it. It's… » 7/30/12 2:51pm 7/30/12 2:51pm

It's official: Avengers has the most successful opening weekend ever.…

In case you were still wondering whether this Avengers thing would catch on with the kids... The big Marvel team-up movie amassed over $200 million in its opening weekend, for a bigger debut than the last Harry Potter movie, The Dark Knight... or any other movie, ever. (In non-inflation-adjusted terms.) » 5/07/12 6:30am 5/07/12 6:30am

Some Random Theories About Why John Carter Flopped

John Carter did about as well as anybody expected this past weekend, pulling in $30.6 million domestically, versus a production budget estimated at around $250 million. (The gloating news reports have tended to mention that once you include marketing, the movie's cost is probably closer to $350 million — even though… » 3/12/12 1:20pm 3/12/12 1:20pm

Why Real Steel crushed the weekend's remakes/prequels at the box office

We really liked Real Steel — it wasn't a deep character study, or a brilliant epic, but it was a fun movie about robots beating the crap out of each other. And it had a boy befriending a huge robot, which he then upgraded. It was a robot movie which managed to avoid getting hung up on the question of whether the… » 10/17/11 2:30pm 10/17/11 2:30pm

How You Did In Predicting the Summer's Box Office Hits and Misses

This summer was like a battlefield of awesomeness, with a larger-than-average slew of superhero movies, action movies and escapist fare. Some films emerged victorious, while others fell by the wayside. » 8/08/11 11:14am 8/08/11 11:14am

Is this the beginning of the end of the superhero movie boom?

Green Lantern is the second superhero movie in a row to perform disappointingly in its opening weekend, after X-Men: First Class. If Captain America also stumbles, we could look back on this as the summer that superheroes lost their invulnerability. » 6/20/11 6:20am 6/20/11 6:20am

Why did X-Men: First Class underperform at the box office?

We quite liked X-Men: First Class, but sadly it failed to levitate the box office with the power of its mind. The mutant prequel made just $56 million in its opening weekend, less than the $69 million some analysts predicted. » 6/06/11 10:37am 6/06/11 10:37am