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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Trumps ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Flops

7 February 2016 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood fumbled the ball during a quiet Super Bowl weekend at the multiplexes as new releases such as “Hail, Caesar!” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” failed to make much noise.

For the second weekend in a row, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” easily topped box office charts. The animated sequel added $21 million to its $69 million domestic haul. The film is playing particularly well in China, where it is being distributed by Oriental DreamWorks, a $330-million East-West joint venture. It crossed the $100 million mark in the People’s Republic this weekend after opening day-and-date in the U.S. and China on Jan. 29.

Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!,” a sendup of the Hollywood studio system from the Coen brothers, fared best among the new entrants, though that’s grading on a generous curve. It picked up a mediocre $11.4 million for a second place finish. A C-minus CinemaScore could spell trouble for the film’s long-term prospects, »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominates ‘Caesar,’ ‘Zombies,’ ‘Choice’

5 February 2016 3:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the Panda will rule the U.S. box office again with Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ nabbing at least $20 million at 3,955 theaters this weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The animated comedy will leave a trio of new entries in the dust during a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend, led by Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” with $9.5 million at 2,231 sites. The Coen Brothers’ look at 1950s Hollywood commanded a moderate $3.5 million on Friday, including $543,000 in Thursday night previews.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was headed for $9 million at 2,930 sites with a $3 million opening day on Friday. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody of  Jane Austen’s iconic 1813 novel.

Only a modest number of moviegoers were choosing “The Choice,” which opened Friday with about $2.5 million at 2,631 sites on its way to a $6.5 million weekend for Lionsgate’s romancer.

Fox’s seventh weekend »

- Dave McNary

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Can George Clooney’s ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Conquer ‘Kung Fu Panda 3?’

2 February 2016 4:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Bears may not be competing in the Big Game on Sunday, but they’re still poised to win this weekend, with three movies debuting on the big screen that, while strong for a Super Bowl slate, don’t appear to pose much of a threat to DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda 3” for box office supremacy. George Clooney‘s “Hail, Caesar!’ might dominate Friday ticket sales, but come Saturday, not even the film’s stellar cast (Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill) can keep it at the top, says comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Nears $2 Billion in Worldwide Box Office

31 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” could break the $2 billion mark in worldwide box office by the end of the week.

The seventh weekend of the latest “Star Wars” movie took in $10.8 million domestically over the weekend to finish in third place, lifting its domestic total to $895.4 million. That’s $125 million more than “Avatar,” the previous record-holder.

Internationally, “The Force Awakens” finished fourth with $12.6 million for a total of $1.09 billion. That’s behind only “Avatar” at $2.03 billion, “Titanic” at $1.53 billion and “Furious 7” at $1.16 billion.

The space saga has hit $1.983 billion globally and needs only $17 million more to make it past $2 billion. It trails only “Avatar” at $2.78 billion and “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, noted that the seventh “Star Wars” movie was able to set a new domestic record in less than three weeks. “Avatar” needed 48 weeks to reach $760.5 million and 72 days to reach $700 million. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up $41 Million to Dominate U.S. Box Office

31 January 2016 7:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” showed plenty of power at the U.S. box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million at 3,955 theaters as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing.

Disney’s launch of Coast Guard rescue adventure “The Finest Hours” saw only modest returns with $10.3 million at 3,143 sites — trailing both “The Revenant” and the seventh weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Marlon Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” generated only middling business with $6.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s oft-delayed western “Jane Got a Gun” was nearly invisible with $803,000 at 1,210 screens.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, will finish its first weekend near 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, noted that Fox had opted to launch “Kung Fu Panda »

- Dave McNary

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ to Deliver a Punch to the U.S. Box Office

27 January 2016 3:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” should win the upcoming weekend box office in the U.S. with at least $40 million at 3,955 theaters.

Fox is distributing the animated comedy for DreamWorks Animation five years after “Kung Fu Panda 2” opened in late May with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original opened with $60.2 million and ended its run with $215 million in the U.S.

Moviegoing should recover from last weekend, when a massive snowstorm held down box office in the eastern U.S. and “The Revenant” led with $16 million.

“‘Kung Fu Panda’ makes the move from summer to late January and should deliver a solid punch to the box office solar plexus as families who have ostensibly been left out in the cold with few options for appropriate entertainment at the multiplex of late, will flock to theaters this weekend and give the film a debut that should land somewhere between the first two installments, »

- Dave McNary

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The Revenant Wins Box Office Weekend

25 January 2016 5:04 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rentrak.com announced the box-office numbers from this past weekend with the number one film worldwide going to 20th Century Fox's "The Revenant", directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film took first place worldwide with $49.8 million and $16.0 million in the U.S. market.

On the success of "The Revenant", Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said:

"Fox's 'The Revenant' proves it's a force to be reckoned with as the multiple Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner takes the world by storm $49.8 million this weekend and sets its sights on the quarter billion dollar threshold in the worldwide arena in the coming week."

Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" came in second place worldwide with $37.6 million and $14.3 million domestically. The J.J. Abrams-directed film is closing in on reaching $2 billion worldwide since opening back in December. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, »

- J.B. Casas

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‘The Revenant’ Tops Chilly U.S. Box Office as Storm Hits East Coast

24 January 2016 8:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a blizzard hammering the East Coast, Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” topped a subdued U.S. box office with $16 million at 3,711 locations this weekend, according to Sunday estimates.

Winter Storm Jonas shut down theaters Saturday in New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, cutting the nation’s overall moviegoing for the weekend by as much as 12% with as many as 400 locations affected. Some New York locations were re-opening Sunday but the icy conditions were likely to hold down box office in the Northeast.

Overall business was down 32% from last weekend to $113 million and off 29% from the same 2015 weekend, according to Rentrak.

Fox’s “The Revenant,” set in the brutal winter of 1823, came in first for the first time after two second-place finishes following its wide-release expansion on Jan. 8. The Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu epic, which took in a dozen Oscar nominations on Jan. 14, has topped the $119 million mark domestically. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: Massive Winter Storm to Inflict a Chill on Northeast Theaters

21 January 2016 6:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The massive Winter Storm Jonas will likely limit moviegoing in the Northeastern United States this weekend.

Many of the biggest cities in the Northeast — Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City — will be hit with heavy snow and strong winds between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. Storm warnings have been issued for the Carolinas, Ohio Valley, Tennessee Valley, central Arkansas and northeast Louisiana.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, told Variety that the storm appears to be so large that it can’t help but have an impact, particularly since it will hit during the busiest days of moviegoing.

“Severe weather is often used as a reason for why certain movies have missed the mark during their opening weekends and in many cases it comes off like the old ‘my dog ate my homework’ excuse: easy to say, but difficult to prove,” he said. “However, this weekend »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘The Revenant’ to Fend Off ‘Star Wars,’ 3 Newcomers

20 January 2016 9:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ride Along 2” and “The Revenant” will lead the U.S. box office again this weekend, fending off the sixth frame of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and a trio of newcomers.

Early forecasts have placed Universal’s “Ride Along 2” and Fox’s “The Revenant” at about $20 million each for the Friday-Sunday period with the seventh “Star Wars” movie in the $13 million to $15 million range. The openings of Lionsgate’s comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” Stx’s horror-thriller “The Boy” and Sony’s sci-fier “The 5th Wave” will battle for the fourth spot in the $9 million to $13 million range.

Ride Along 2” wound up the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with a solid $41 million at 3,175 locations — only $7 million short of the original’s 2014 launch in the same frame. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” showed plenty of traction following its 12 Oscar nominations with $37.5 million at 3,559 sites. Disney’s “The Force Awakens” followed »

- Dave McNary

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Republicans Show Greater Support for Benghazi Thriller at Box Office

17 January 2016 12:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you went to see “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” this weekend, chances are you won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton in the next presidential election.

Michael Bay’s account of the security team tasked with defending the American diplomatic compound in Libya from a 2012 terrorist attack, has become the latest example of the polarized nature of the electorate and, by extension, the moviegoing public. Like “American Sniper” before it, the action thriller has emerged as a rallying point for those on the right and a punching bag for others on the left.

“With these war films, the real life drama that surrounds them is central to their appeal,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “This is another film about a hot button issue.”

“13 Hours'” box office performance reflected the film’s divisive nature. The action thriller did well in red states, generating 41% of the $19 million »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘The Revenant’ Push ‘Star Wars’ From First Place

17 January 2016 8:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Its long reign is over.

After four weeks atop box office charts, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has ceded first place to Universal’s “Ride Along 2.” The comedy sequel picked up a commanding $34 million across 3,175 venues and $39.5 million over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The space opera slid to third place with $25.1 million for the three days and roughly $30 million for the four-day period. It has earned $851 million Stateside to become the highest-grossing domestic release in history, and $1.86 billion globally.

Universal spent $40 million re-teaming Ice Cube and Kevin Hart for “Ride Along 2,” which finds the bickering police officers working to bring a Miami drug ring to justice. The audience skewed slightly more female, with women making up 52% of the opening weekend audience. African-Americans and Hispanics were the biggest demographic sector, each representing 34% of the crowd. The rest of “Ride Along 2” viewers were 22% Caucasian, »

- Brent Lang

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Oscars: ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Room’ Could See Biggest Box Office Gains

14 January 2016 9:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Revenant” is locked in a fierce battle for Best Picture, but even if the revenge drama fails to bag the top prize, it may be the big winner from Thursday’s Oscar nominations.

The story of a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear and left for dead, earned a healthy $39.8 million when it debuted in wide release last weekend. Armed with a leading 12 nominations, including nods for stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, as well as director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the film is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the Oscar love. It’s also riding high after a Best Picture (Drama) victory at last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards.

“It’s certainly getting a lot of free publicity this week,” notes Eric Handler, an analyst with Mkm Partners.

The awards attention helps justify the financial risk that Fox and the film’s primary backer New Regency took on the troubled production. »

- Brent Lang

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Who’s Driving ‘Star Wars’ Box Office Records? Repeat Viewers

13 January 2016 6:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” has put up its record-breaking box office numbers with a huge boost from repeat business. An eye-popping 61 percent of third-weekend audiences had seen the blockbuster at least once before, and 23 percent had seen it two or more times, according to exit polling conducted by Disney over the weekend of Jan. 1-3. “You don’t hit a billion in 12 days globally without the repeat viewing factor… and without a great movie,” Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told TheWrap. “No matter how great the hype, no one will pay to see a movie again and again. »

- Todd Cunningham

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Tops DiCaprio in 'Revenant' And Still is #1 at The Box Office

10 January 2016 8:05 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rentrak.com released the box office results for this past weekend with Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" claiming the number one spot worldwide with $145.9 million and $41.6 million domestically for a fourth weekend in a row. The J.J. Abrams-directed film has already become the highest-grossing film in U.S. box office history passing up James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar." 

On the box office success of 'Star Wars', Rentrak's senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said, "Disney's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' continues its record-breaking sprint, adding another $145.93 million this weekend globally and beginning its box-office journey in China. The film is now the third highest grossing movie of all time on a worldwide basis after just 26 days in cinemas. Fox's "The Revenant" is off to a blazing wide release start taking in $58.2 million this weekend in just 11 territories around the globe."

20th Century »

- J.B. Casas

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Why ‘The Revenant’ Proves Leonardo DiCaprio May Be Hollywood’s Biggest Star

10 January 2016 12:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 2002, Leonardo DiCaprio was at a career crossroads.

His floppy blond mane and soulful blue eyes had threatened to stop teenage hearts around the globe as he slipped from Kate Winslet’s grip and slid into an icy ocean in “Titanic.” The unprecedented box office returns for the romantic drama transformed DiCaprio into a pinup with few equals, but it had also made him a prisoner of its success, hounded by paparazzi and dismissed as a party boy, whose dalliances with models were drawing more attention than his performances.

It didn’t help that DiCaprio’s post-“Titanic” roles as an American traveler in “The Beach” and as a French monarch in “The Man in the Iron Mask” left critics cold and were only modest box office performers. He seemed burdened by fame and risked being written off as a supernova who frittered away his talent in the white hot »

- Brent Lang

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‘The Revenant’ Hunts for $35 Million-Plus in Box Office Opening

8 January 2016 2:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Underlining Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power, “The Revenant” is heading for a better-than-expected $35 million to $40 million this weekend in a potential showdown with box office magnet “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The Revenant” grossed an impressive $2.3 million in Thursday night preview screenings as it expanded from a successful four-screen run that began on Christmas Day to 3,371 site on Friday. Recent expectations had been for a weekend in the $20 million range domestically for “The Revenant,” or less than half than the fourth weekend of “Star Wars.”

Friday estimates showed “The Revenant” with $13 million to $15 million on Friday, which will likely edge  the 22nd day of the seventh Star Wars movie. “The Force Awakens” is still expected to win the weekend with nearly $45 million.

“‘The Revenant’ has suddenly become the got-to-see film because of DiCaprio,” noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “He may be one of the last movie stars, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Star Wars’ Possibly a Day Away From Stealing ‘Avatar’s’ Box Office Crown

4 January 2016 1:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will break the U.S. box office record held by “Avatar” as early as Tuesday.

The space saga finished the New Year’s weekend with a stunning $90.2 million — or nearly $2 million above Sunday’s estimates — to lift its 17-day domestic total to $742.2 million, including $21.5 million on Sunday. It trails the six-year-old “Avatar” record of $760.5 million by only $18.3 million.

“The Force Awakens” also demolished the domestic record for a third weekend in a row, finishing 46% above the previous record of $68.5 million for “Avatar.”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, noted that the seventh “Star Wars” movie has been able to set a multitude of records in less than three weeks.

“The truly impressive part of the box office performance of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ really lies more in the speed at which it is crossing all of these box office milestones, not just the numbers themselves, »

- Dave McNary

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Continues Box-Office Domination

4 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rentrak.com released the official box office results from this past weekend with the number one film worldwide going to Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The J.J Abrams-directed 'Star Wars' film grossed an impressive $184.6 million worldwide.   China's latest release, "Detective Chinatown" came in second place internationally with $45.0 million and "Mr. Six" taking third place with $38.4 million dollars.

Rentrak's Senior Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said:

"Disney's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' continues its record-breaking run at an astounding pace, crossing $1.5 billion globally this weekend after 19 days in release and not stands as the sixth highest grossing movie of all-time worldwide, passing 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and is on track to pass Universal's 'Furious 7' and 'Marvel's The Avengers' to take the number four global spot."

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was also the number one film domestically with $88.3 million. Paramount Pictures' Comedy film, »

- J.B. Casas

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Continues Record-Breaking Run At Weekend Box Office

3 January 2016 8:36 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was number one again at the weekend box office.

Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “the film is breaking records at an astounding pace, crossing $1.5 billion globally this weekend after 19 days in release and now stands as the sixth highest grossing movie of all-time worldwide, passing ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and is on track to pass Universal’s ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ to take the number four global spot.”

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, Jan 3rd, 2015, are below.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Disney – $184.6M

2. Detective Chinatown – Multiple – $45.M

3. Mr. Six – Multiple – $38.3M

4. Daddy’s Home – Paramount Pictures – $38.2M

5. Mojin: The Lost Legend – Multiple – $32.M

6. Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip – 20th Century Fox – $22.1M

7. Nuovo progetto Di Checco Zalone – Multiple »

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