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Moana Gets Frozen Out as Pitt, Beatty Bomb

Not a good weekend for big stars, as Disney fails to out-do its monster 2013 debut

(Newser) - Disney's South Pacific animated tale Moana fell short of a Frozen-sized debut, reports the AP , but it nevertheless dominated the Thanksgiving box office with an estimated $81.1 million over the five-day weekend. The well-reviewed Moana, set in ancient Polynesia, earned $55.5 million from Friday to Sunday. It... More »

Fantastic Beasts Finds $75M

JK Rowling's magic still works, topples 'Doctor Strange'

(Newser) - Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cast a spell over audiences, reports the AP , summoning $75 million according to studio estimates Sunday and unseating Doctor Strange from the top spot. The success of the JK Rowling creation is a promising kick-off for the planned five-film franchise,... More »

Dazed by Election, Americans Flee (to the Movies)

Moviegoers were looking for a little escapism after a long campaign

(Newser) - For the poor, the tired, the wretched masses yearning to be free of the American presidential election , there was an escape this weekend and it was to be found in a dark room with make-believe characters on a big screen. Doctor Strange got the most box-office love for the second... More »

Doctor Strange Conjures $85M Magic

Big win for Benedict Cumberbatch in a surprisingly strong weekend

(Newser) - A strong batch of new films drew audiences to the theaters in large numbers this weekend, reports the AP , including Marvel's Doctor Strange, the animated Trolls and Mel Gibson's WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, effectively waking up the sleepy fall box office. As the superhero in the bunch, Doctor ... More »

Jack Doesn't Reach Madea

Tom Cruise falls short of Tyler Perry's latest

(Newser) - Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween had a little trick in store for Tom Cruise and his Jack Reacher sequel, Never Go Back, with Madea ruling the box office with $27.6 million to Reacher's $23 million. "The star power of Madea and Tyler Perry is undeniable,... More »

The Accountant Adds It Up

$24.7M for Ben Affleck in his latest thriller

(Newser) - Ben Affleck is still a box office draw outside of the bat suit. His new thriller The Accountant opened to a chart-topping $24.7 million this weekend, reports the AP , according to studio estimates Sunday. Gavin O'Connor directed the R-rated thriller, starring Affleck as an autistic mathematician. Audiences were... More »

Girl on the Train Knocks off Mrs. Peregrine

Thriller cruises to an easy win as 'Birth of a Nation' flops

(Newser) - Girl on a Train found a home for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in the No. 2 spot at the box office this weekend, with the thriller dethroning Tim Burton's latest with $24.7 million to $15 million. Deepwater Horizon scored No. 3 with $11.8 million,... More »

Peculiar Children Rules as Deepwater Sinks

Tim Burton scores another win

(Newser) - Tim Burton's latest fantastical oddity, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, debuted with a hefty $28.5 million, while Peter Berg's acclaimed disaster movie Deepwater Horizon failed to tap North American moviegoers, reports the AP . In a crowded autumn weekend at the box office, Miss Peregrine came... More »

Magnificent Seven Rides to Big Debut

Denzel Washington still has the magic in Western remake

(Newser) - Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven remake rode the star power of Denzel Washington to an estimated $35 million debut, topping North American ticket sales over the weekend. It's another win for Washington: Reuters notes that the A-lister hasn't had a movie open to less than $20 million... More »

Bridget Jones's Baby Gets Ugly

'Blair Witch' and 'Snowden' also tank

(Newser) - Bridget Jones might've had a baby, but she might as well have laid an egg, with the so-called "three-quel" pulling in a paltry $8.2 million this weekend, notes the Hollywood Reporter . But Jones & Co. weren't alone in their diaper-dirtying, reports the AP , with both Blair ... More »

Sully Lands a Win

As does Clint Eastwood

(Newser) - Sully took flight in theaters this weekend and has landed with a solid $35.5 million to take the top spot at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Clint Eastwood-directed film about the Miracle on the Hudson stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who... More »

Don't Breathe Ekes Out Anemic Win Amid Giant Flops

Congratulations?

(Newser) - The horror thriller Don't Breathe has topped the box office for the second straight week , while several new releases struggled to find traction over the Labor Day weekend. Studio estimates Sunday say the Screen Gems release made an estimated $15.7 million in its second weekend. The R-rated film,... More »

Don’t Breathe Draws in a $26.1M Win

Score another one for low-budget horror flicks in a brutal summer for Hollywood

(Newser) - Don't Breathe proved that there's plenty of life left in low-budget horror films, bringing home $26.1 million in its opening weekend, reports Variety . That's particularly notable since the film cost less than $10 million to make. “These are the films of bean counters’ dreams,”... More »

Latest Bust of Hollywood's Brutal Summer: Ben-Hur

Meanwhile, remember how all the critics hated Suicide Squad? Yeah

(Newser) - Critically maligned Suicide Squad is laughing all the way to the bank, blocking another remake from box office success to hang on to its No. 1 spot for a third week in a row. But it wasn't so much the success story that ruled the day as the utter... More »

Sausage Party Runs Into Suicide Squad

And the bad guys prevail over Seth Rogen's filth

(Newser) - In case anyone wondered whether Seth Rogen could make what amounts to a movie-length penis joke and get people to flock to it, the answer is yes. Sausage Party scored this weekend with a solid $33.6 million debut, reports Variety . That wasn't enough to unseat Suicide Squad, which... More »

Suicide Squad Puts $135.1M Nail in Critics' Coffins

Monster draw despite howling reviews

(Newser) - Suicide Squad took outraged critics directly to the bank, where it gave them a $135.1 million shakedown in one of the year's biggest debuts and the biggest August debut ever, reports USA Today . That tops the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool. It wasn't all... More »

Jason Bourne Slays the Competition

Matt Damon's return to franchise is a success

(Newser) - Jason Bourne killed it at the box office this weekend, with the latest installment of the spy thriller series pulling down a cool $60 million—about $10 million more than expected, and marking a fine comeback for Matt Damon in his return as the amnesiac assassin. "Matt Damon went... More »

Star Trek Sends Pets Walking

Solid debut for 'Beyond' in franchise's latest installment

(Newser) - After weeks atop the box office, Secret Life of Pets isn't so secret anymore, and Star Trek Beyond went boldly to the No. 1 spot, scoring a $59.6 million to Pets' $29.3 million. With Idris Elba debuting as villain Krall, the film notched an 84% rating on... More »

Who You Gonna Call 'No. 2'?

Ghostbusters.

(Newser) - After months of prerelease debate, Sony Picture's female-led Ghostbusters reboot arrived in theaters as neither a massive success nor the bomb some predicted, as the much-scrutinized film opened with an estimated $46 million in North American theaters, second to the holdover hit The Secret Life of Pets. The Secret ... More »

Pets Tells Dory to Get Lost

'Secret Life of Pets' charms its way to a $103M opening

(Newser) - The Secret Lives of Pets told Finding Dory to take a hike, dethroning Pixar's moneymaker after three weeks atop the box office, reports USA Today . Pets pulled in $103.2 million for first place, while Dory actually fell to third placed with $20.4 million; The Legend of ... More »

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