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Ultron's Monster $188M Debut Is US' No. 2 Ever

But falls short of the original 'Avengers'

(Newser) - Critics liked it, and audiences turned out in droves for Avengers: Age of Ultron, giving it the second-biggest domestic opening weekend ever, with a formidable $187.7 million, reports the Hollywood Reporter . But though Ultron fell short of the original Avengers' $207.4 million debut, it continued to rake... More »

Avengers 2 Is 'Jaunty Good Fun'

Characters, comedy make this flick an 'amusing' sequel

(Newser) - The superheroes are back for round two in Avengers: Age of Ultron, following 2012's well-reviewed original . If you're expecting just another action flick, you may be in for a surprise. Here's what critics are saying:
  • "As he did in the first Avengers, writer-director Joss Whedon avoids
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X-Men Artist Goes Missing in Caymans

Comic book inker Norman Lee disappears while swimming

(Newser) - A comic book artist who has worked on the likes of X-Men and the Avengers has gone missing in the Cayman Islands after swimming near Grand Cayman's east coast. While snorkeling about 250 yards from shore on Thursday morning, Norman Lee and his wife got separated, MyFoxBoston reports. Though... More »

Hunger Games, Frozen Shatter Thanksgiving Record

Catching Fire pulls in $110.2M over 5 days

(Newser) - Sorry, Harry: Katniss Everdeen has broken your $82.4 million Thanksgiving record. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up $110.2 million over the five-day weekend, Wednesday to Sunday, breaking the spell cast by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Catching Fire also had the fourth-biggest second weekend in... More »

Marvel Reveals Actor for Next Avengers Villain

James Spader will play Ultron

(Newser) - The next Avengers movie has its new villain and the actor to go with it. Marvel announced today Emmy award-winning actor James Spader will play the part of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Newsy reports: More »

Avengers 2 Stars Battle 'Cheap' Marvel

Deadline Hollywood: Some actors may not sign for sequel without bigger payday

(Newser) - The Avengers may have been a blockbuster hit for Marvel, but many of the stars may not return for its sequel if the notoriously tightfisted comics company (now owned by Disney) won't cough up more cash, Nikki Finke reports in a Deadline Hollywood exclusive. While marquee name Robert Downey... More »

Iron Man 3 Has Monster $175.3M Open

But it's not enough to topple 'The Avengers'

(Newser) - Iron Man 3 had a massive opening weekend on American soil as expected , but its $175.3 million debut was only good enough for No. 2 of all time, falling well short of The Avengers' $207.4 million. It's still nothing to sneeze at, as Robert Downey Jr. and... More »

Iron Man 3 Grabs $195M Global Win

Bodes well for US opening on Friday

(Newser) - Iron Man 3 hasn't even opened in the United States yet, but its global premiere got off to a thunderous $195.3 million start this weekend—even trouncing the $185.1 million mark set by last year's The Avengers, reports the Hollywood Reporter . That bodes well ahead of... More »

Joseph Gordon- Levitt the Next Batman: Report

Will play caped crusader in Justice League , say insiders

(Newser) - Christopher Nolan may not be directing any more Batman films, but Warner Bros. isn't done with the character—and Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks set to take over where Christian Bale left off. The Dark Knight Rises' end seemed to indicate that the franchise would live on, and sure enough, the... More »

Amazon Instant Video Nabs Big Blockbusters

Because Netflix let its exclusive deal with Epix expire

(Newser) - Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is getting a shot in the arm, with a slate of blockbusters that include The Avengers, Hunger Games, Super 8, and more, in a deal that signals trouble for Netflix. The movies are all coming thanks to a new deal with Epix, a... More »

Biggest Flop This Summer: All of Hollywood

Tickets sales reached lowest level in 20 years

(Newser) - Hollywood is happy to call "cut" on this summer's less-than-blockbuster movie season, with box office numbers down across the board, reports the New York Times . US revenues fell 3% to $4.28 billion for the period from May to this Labor Day weekend, the first drop in summer... More »

ScarJo Lands Massive Fee for Avengers Sequel

Scarlett Johansson banks $20M for superhero flick

(Newser) - Scarlett Johansson's sexy curves and, uh, epic acting skills are worth no less than $20 million, the New York Post reports. Producers of an Avengers sequel are prepared to sign the eye-popping paycheck so she'll reprise her role as Black Widow when filming starts next year. “Scarlett... More »

Madagascar 3 Vanquishes Prometheus

Animated threequel pulls in $60.4M in debut

(Newser) - The circus animals of Madagascar 3 romped all over Ridley Scott's Prometheus this weekend, with the animated family favorite scoring a $60.4 million debut, notes the Hollywood Reporter . Scott's alien saga came in at No. 2 with $50 million, a reasonable showing given an R rating that... More »

MIB: 3 Zaps Avengers, Nabs $55M

'Avengers' finally falls off the top spot

(Newser) - Men in Black: 3 turned out to be much more in the black than The Avengers , winning the three-day holiday weekend with a whopping $55 million domestically and $202 million worldwide. But, notes the Hollywood Reporter , it needs to do well to justify the $230 million Sony spent to make... More »

Avengers Busts $1 Billion Mark

Superheroes still going strong

(Newser) - Marvel Comics' gang of mismatched superheroes are quite the draw. The Avengers crashed the billion-dollar mark just 19 days after hitting theaters, scooping up $103.2 million here and in Canada for Disney this weekend, and another in $95.4 million overseas, reports Bloomberg . Dark Shadows came in second with... More »

PG-13 Rating: Ticket to Box-Office Magic?

6 highest-grossing films all have it

(Newser) - One key to The Avengers' record success this weekend: its PG-13 rating. The top six highest-grossing movies ever made are all rated PG-13; the rating points to a film that's titillating enough for teens but isn't likely to offend adults, the Los Angeles Times notes. The rating has... More »

Avengers Opens to Whopping $200M

Marvel-Disney movie shatters domestic box office record

(Newser) - The Hunger Games is looking a little anemic this weekend: The Avengers swooped in and grabbed a record-bursting opening weekend of $200.3 million, reports the Hollywood Reporter , easily thumping the $169.2 million that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took in last year in the previous... More »

Critics Agree: Avengers a Blast

Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey Jr. in superhero blowout

(Newser) - Sure, it's an effective moneymaking scheme: release movies about individual superheroes, then one about all of them. But with Joss Whedon at the helm, The Avengers really works. What critics are saying:
  • "Even if you don't particularly like comic-book adaptations, this film just might make a believer
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Avengers Scores Overseas Before US Debut

$36M in two days a week before American opening

(Newser) - The Avengers is still nearly a week away from its US debut, but the superhero blockbuster is already pulling in big numbers around the world, reports Variety . In just two days, Avengers has made $36 million around the world, notes the Hollywood Reporter , including $8.2 million in Australia (the... More »

Critics Salute Captain America

Chris Evans stars in Joe Johnston's film

(Newser) - Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans, isn't exactly deserving of 50 stars, but as far as superhero flicks go, it's an enjoyable, if somewhat enhanced, period piece. Just don’t expect Dark Knight-quality stuff.
  • "Captain America, like its unapologetically corny hero, is propelled by unpretentious
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