December 30, 2013 |
Some critics are calling 2013 the best movie year in a decade. And although critical darlings don't always produce profits, it will also be the highest-grossing year on record - barely. After a shaky spring and a summer of high-profile hits and misses, the box office is projected to reach $10.9 billion this year, up slightly from last year's record of $10.8 billion. That's partly the result of a fourth-quarter surge of awards contenders that are also popular with moviegoers, among them the space saga "Gravity," the antebellum drama "12 Years a Slave" and the disco-era romp "American Hustle.
December 29, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's Wall-Street-gone-wild epic, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was not the leader of the pack at the box office this weekend. The alpha film was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which topped the charts for the third time in as many weeks of wide release. The second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien racked up $29.9 million over three days, while Paramount's "Wolf," which cost $100 million to make, made a meager $18.5 million. The latter's performance was particularly disappointing as it was expected to challenge Warner Bros.
December 28, 2013 |
The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with “Frozen,” “Hobbit 2,” “Anchorman 2,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all in play. Disney's animated family hit “Frozen,” in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
December 25, 2013 |
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
December 24, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's corrupt Wall Street tycoon is poised for a solid initial box office showing over the crowded Christmas weekend as a pack of new movies, including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Grudge Match" and "47 Ronin," competes for moviegoers. "The Wolf of Wall Street," from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, should generate about $35 million in ticket sales from Wednesday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to...
December 23, 2013 |
From Will Ferrell's late-night TV appearance announcing its launch to the blitz of Dodge ads, tie-in materials and "SportsCenter" shout-outs that marked it release, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" has been surrounded by an air of grand ceremony pretty much throughout its life. So much grandeur, in fact, that one might have expected the movie to become a major blockbuster - or at least more successful than the original. Yet the Ferrell news parody opened this weekend to disappointing numbers.
December 22, 2013 |
The gig: Bill Gerber is a film producer whose credits include "Gran Torino," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and "The In-Laws. " His next movie, "Grudge Match," which will be released by Warner Bros. on Christmas Day, stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final fight. Rock 'n' roll dreams: Gerber, 56, grew up wanting to be a rock 'n' roll drummer. "The minute I heard [the Beatles'] 'I Saw Her Standing There,' the world changed," he said.
December 21, 2013 |
Turns out Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal. Continuing its march toward a strong opening weekend, "Anchorman 2" held onto a slim lead over "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at the box office. The Will Ferrell-led sequel earned an estimated $8.7 million Friday, adding to its two-day total of $13.2 million earned since opening Wednesday. The film could take in roughly $45 million since opening on Wednesday, a pace that places it roughly on par with the debut for the first film, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which was released in 2004.
December 19, 2013 |
Paramount Pictures' "Anchorman" sequel is on its way to a solid opening. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," is poised to gross around $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada over the five-day period ending Sunday, after taking in more than $8.1 million from showings on Wednesday. Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the movie is expected to generate $30 million to $35 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys,...
December 16, 2013 |
Box office observers have long credited Tyler Perry's "Madea" franchise with at least one thing: reliability. As surely as Christmas comes once a year, a movie with Perry directing himself in drag as the volatile matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons is expected to generate $20 million to $25 million, and occasionally more, in ticket sales in its opening weekend. So it was a little surprising to see "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" open in...