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Huntsman Misses Its Mark, Bombs

'Jungle Book' continues to roar

(Newser) - The Jungle Book remains king of the box office in its second weekend in theaters, beating new opener The Huntsman: Winter's War by nearly $40 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. While The Jungle Book celebrates a $60.8 million weekend and a $191.5 million domestic total, The ... More »

Jungle Book Scores a Wild Win

'Flat-out stunner' as movie soars to No. 2 April open with $103.6M

(Newser) - Jungle Book ripped through the weekend box office like it was raised by a pack of wolves, taking in $103.6 million that USA Today notes "surpassed even wild expectations." The CGI film is playing well, with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore,... More »

McCarthy's Boss Fires Superman


(Newser) - Step aside, Batman and Superman. Melissa McCarthy is the boss at the box office now. The actress' latest comedy narrowly topped Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the weekend box office with a $23.5 million debut, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Boss stars McCarthy as an over-the-top... More »

Batman v Superman Hits Kryptonite

Plummets 68%, but still pulls in $52.4M

(Newser) - Word of mouth might be kryptonite for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which fell a steep 68% in its second weekend in theaters, reports the AP . The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million, bringing its domestic total to $261.5 million. Superhero movies are generally frontloaded at... More »

US Hate-Watched Batman v Superman to a Monster Open

'No one cared about the reviews'

(Newser) - America, it seems, loves a good trainwreck as long as it's pretty , and droves of moviegoers turned out to give Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice the sixth best opening weekend ever, and the biggest ever for March, besting even the Hunger Games, reports USA Today . The DC Comics... More »

Divergent's 3rd Try Not the Charm

'Allegiant' bombs as Disney's 'Zootopia' rules another week

(Newser) - Zootopia continues to run wild over its rivals in its third weekend in theaters, reports the AP , stomping all over the launch of Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series. The animated Disney film took in $38 million to take first place and pass the $200 million mark domestically,... More »

Cloverfield Pulls Surprise; Baron Cohen Bombs

But 'Zootopia' wins the weekend again

(Newser) - The JJ Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane capitalized on a mysterious marketing campaign to debut with a better-than-expected $25.2 million over the weekend, though the Disney animated hit Zootopia stayed on top with $50 million, reports the AP . The second-straight No. 1 weekend came easily for Zootopia, which slid a... More »

Zootopia Shatters Frozen Record

Animated flick scores $73.7 million for Disney

(Newser) - Deadpool's three-week reign atop the box office has ended thanks to a handful of new openers including Zootopia and London Has Fallen. The top spot went to Disney's Zootopia, reports the AP , which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $73.... More »

Gods of Egypt Stumbles as Deadpool Romps

Not the best weekend for debut movies

(Newser) - Deadpool's third week at the box office was also the charm, giving the Ryan Reynolds antihero flick its third win in a row with $31.5 million, reports USA Today . The latest tally pushes Deadpool to the No. 3 grossing R-rated movie ever, past The Matrix Reloaded. "Much... More »

What Competition? Deadpool Romps Again

$55M payday for Marvel anti-hero

(Newser) - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash Deadpool continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, reports the AP , earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers. After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut , the comic book adaptation from 20th... More »

Deadpool Just Whipped a Fifty Shades of Grey Record

$135M, thank you very much

(Newser) - Last February, American moviegoers decided nothing said Valentine's Day like a rich guy with control issues . This Valentine's Day weekend, we swooned for a pottymouthed superhero, reports USA Today , firmly putting Deadpool at the top of the box office with a monster $135 million opening weekend. That smashed ... More »

Kung Fu Panda Romps Over Anemic Rivals

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'? No, thank you

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 3 again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! and the Jane Austen-monster mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies followed distantly behind. DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release,... More »

Kung Fu Panda 3 Kicks Up $41M

Meanwhile, 'Finest Hours' didn't appear to have many this weekend

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 3 has kicked its way to the top of the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, the AP reports, citing Rentrak estimates Sunday. The animated sequel fared much better than the weekend's other new openers, like Disney's Coast Guard adventure The Finest ... More »

The Revenant Fights Off East Coast Blizzard

Scores a $16M win as snow batters ticket sales

(Newser) - East Coasters were largely too busy shoveling to go to the movies this weekend, but it was a tale of man vs. nature that emerged victorious at the box office: Leo DiCaprio's The Revenant took the top spot for the first time in its third weekend in wide release,... More »

See Ya, Force: Moviegoers Go for a Ride

'Ride Along 2' ends Star Wars' 4-week reign

(Newser) - The Force has weakened: After a four-week reign atop the box office, the latest in the Star Wars franchise toppled to No. 3 this week, courtesy of Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Ride Along 2, as well as a Revenant buoyed by 12 Oscar nominations. As USA Today reports, Ride ... More »

Force Still Wide Awake, Blocks Revenant

Star Wars now No. 3 grossing flick of all time, may never sleep

(Newser) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth week, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever. According to studio estimates Sunday, the adventures of Rey, Finn, and stalwarts from the previous... More »

Force Awakens Is Now No. 2 Domestic Film of All Time

JJ Abrams' flick pulls in $88M more in 3rd weekend of release

(Newser) - Another week of release, another round of records for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has now plowed past Titanic and Jurassic World to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time domestically, with a total take of $740.3 million. "The Force Awakens is picking off records... More »

Force Awakens Just Obliterated Box Office Records

JJ Abrams and Co. rack up $238M in monster opening weekend

(Newser) - To say that the force is strong with this one isn't nearly enough. Studio estimates on Sunday say Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time. The Walt Disney Co. earnings destroy the... More »

'Beached Whale:' Heart of Sea Sinks

Moviegoers were not so keen to see Chris Hemsworth's latest

(Newser) - More people opted to watch the final installment of The Hunger Games, prominently featuring Liam Hemsworth in its fourth week of release, than did those who showed up to witness the drubbing Chris Hemsworth took in the debut of what was supposed to be a star turn in Ron Howard'... More »

Hunger Games Eats Its Rivals a 3rd Week

'Mockingjay' beats back 'Krampus' to stay on top

(Newser) - The Hunger Games finale spoiled an early Christmas for the holiday horror comedy Krampus to maintain its top spot at the North American box office for the third week running. The Jennifer Lawrence-led film took in an estimated $18.6 million in the US and Canada, according to Rentrak estimates... More »

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