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Aquaman Just Killed—in China

At home, it's still 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'

(Newser) - In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, Ralph Breaks the Internet remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film Aquaman arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters, the AP reports. For the second week in a row, no... More »

Ouch: Crazy Rich Asians Bows in China

Meanwhile, 'Ralph' still rules in America

(Newser) - Ralph Breaks the Internet surfed to a second straight week of box-office dominance by banking another $25.8 million—just a 53% ebb that put it over $100 million, Variety reports. Holdovers filled out the domestic top five with The Grinch ($17.7 million) followed by Creed II ($16.8... More »

Fantastic Beasts Finds an Audience

$62.2M debut for the latest JK Rowling installment

(Newser) - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald charged right out of the box-office gate and dethroned The Grinch by a tally of $62.2 million to $38.1 million. While that's a lesser haul than the $75 million Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted with domestically, the sequel... More »

Rhapsody Rocks, While Disney Rolls Out a Bomb

Queen biopic snatches $50M in debut despite lukewarm reception

(Newser) - Critics may have yawned , but audiences let Bohemian Rhapsody rock them—to the tune of a box office-winning $50 million in its opening weekend. That's enough to notch the No. 2 opening ever for a music biopic, notes Billboard , behind Straight Outta Compton's $60.2 million. CNN... More »

Halloween Notches Another Win

Jamie Lee Curtis and Co. pull in $32M, again taking the weekend crown

(Newser) - Michael Meyers and Jamie Lee Curtis can't be stopped . Halloween has topped the box office for the second straight weekend , carving up $32 million in ticket sales. The top three films were all unchanged at the North American box office, as Hollywood left Halloween to dominate the pre-trick-or-treating weekend.... More »

Halloween Keeps Killing at the Box Office

The sequel has scared up $77.5M in ticket sales

(Newser) - Forty years after he first appeared in theaters, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences for a good scare. Universal Pictures said Sunday that Halloween took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters. It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest... More »

First Man Doesn't Land on Top

'Venom,' 'A Star is Born' remain the champs

(Newser) - The Neil Armstrong film First Man has landed in third place at the North American box office, behind last weekend's champs Venom and A Star Is Born, the AP reports. Studio estimates on Sunday say that the Ryan Gosling-starrer brought in $16.5 million. Directed by Oscar-winner Damien Chazelle,... More »

Venom Kills, A Star Is Born Soars

While sleeper hit 'A Simple Favor' keeps chugging along

(Newser) - The surprise combination of Venom and A Star is Born lit up the weekend box office with two strong debuts, Variety reports. The Marvel antihero flick scored $80 million domestically as the well-reviewed remake starring Lady Gaga banked $42 million. Rounding out the top five were Smallfoot ($14 million), Night ... More »

Kevin Hart Comedy Draws a Diverse Crowd

'Night School' beats 'Smallfoot' for top of the box office

(Newser) - The new comedy Night School overcame weak reviews and fended off an animated Yeti to grab top spot at the weekend box office, per the Hollywood Reporter . Drawing a multi-ethnic audience—37% Caucasian, 30% African American, 24% Latino, 5% Asian, and 4% other, says Universal—the Kevin Hart comedy domestically... More »

Michael Moore Flick Fizzles

Family-friendly 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' grabs first place

(Newser) - Film-festival fare got killed at the weekend box office as The House With a Clock in Its Walls—a family picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black—easily scored top spot with a surprising $26.8 million debut, per the Hollywood Reporter . Filling out the top five domestically were A ... More »

The Predator Scares Off the Competition

The Fox reboot grabs top spot on 4K US screens

(Newser) - The Predator is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters, the AP reports. 20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. Starring Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook, The Predator cost $88... More »

The Nun Keeps Up Warner Bros Winning Streak

The horror movie banks $53.5M domestically

(Newser) - The horror movie The Nun has topped the domestic box office in its first weekend, scoring a best for the "Conjuring" franchise, the AP reports. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Taissa Farmiga film brought in $53.5 million from North American theaters. It's the fifth consecutive weekend... More »

Nothing Can Touch Crazy Rich Asians

In its third weekend, movie shows no sign of slowing down

(Newser) - Crazy Rich Asians isn't slowing down at the box office even in its third weekend in theaters. Studios on Sunday say the romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again, the AP reports. Warner Bros. estimates that the film added an additional $22.2 million through Sunday, down only... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Just Got Crazier

And Melissa McCarthy's 'Happytime Murders' was no match

(Newser) - The opening weekend for Crazy Rich Asians was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive, the AP reports. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6% from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Almost as many people turned out... More »

Crazy Rich Asians Makes America Swoon

Mark Wahlberg's "Mile 22" under-performs while "The Meg" drops to second

(Newser) - Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance Crazy Rich Asians took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg's action-packed Mile 22, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday say that Crazy Rich Asians took in an estimated $25.2 million from... More »

Kevin Spacey's Latest Movie Redefines 'Flop'

'Billionaire Boys Club' made $126 in theaters on Friday

(Newser) - The hits just keep on coming for Kevin Spacey, but they're not of the box-office hit variety: Spacey's latest film, which wrapped well before he was accused of sexual assault , was released on video on demand last month and whimpered into theaters on Friday. Specifically, 10 theaters and... More »

The Meg Devours the Competition

The American-Chinese co-production doubles estimated draw

(Newser) - The shark thriller The Meg became the latest success in Hollywood's sizzling summer, opening well above expectations with $44.5 million in ticket sales, according to box office estimates Sunday, the AP reports. The Warner Bros. release had been forecast by some for closer to half that total. An... More »

Mission Impossible Fends Off a Little Bear

Christopher Robin takes a respectable second at the weekend box office

(Newser) - Tom Cruise held onto first at the weekend box office and left the world's kindest bear in a cloud of action-movie dust, Variety reports. Mission Impossible—Fallout held top spot for the second week with $35 million while Christopher Robin, a family film about Winnie the Pooh, bowed with... More »

Mission: Impossible Breaks Franchise Record

'Mamma Mia' takes second, ahead of 'Equalizer 2'

(Newser) - Audiences turned out this weekend to see Tom Cruise in his sixth run as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, which easily took the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that Fallout earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American... More »

Equalizer 2 Tops Mamma Mia! in Battle of the Sequels

Vigilante thriller beats box-office expectations

(Newser) - The Equalizer 2 surprised Hollywood by passing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and taking top spot at the weekend box office, Variety reports. The Denzel Washington vigilante thriller banked $35.8 million over Mamma Mia's $34.4 million, with Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($23 million), Ant-Man and ... More »

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