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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 »

Hunger Games Still Ravenous

'Mockingjay' again wins box office as disaster befalls 'Victor Frankenstein'

(Newser) - Apparently The Hunger Games sounded pretty appetizing to Thanksgiving moviegoers, as the final installment of the franchise landed again atop the holiday weekend's box office with a tidy $75.8 million, reports USA Today . Mockingjay—Part 2 has now collected $440.7 million in two weeks of release, and... More »

Hunger Games Scores $101M— Still Falls Short

Its final opening is weakest yet for the franchise

(Newser) - Sometimes even when you're winning, you're losing. Such is the case of the final installment of the Hunger Games , which kicked aside James Bond and handily won this weekend's box office in its hefty $101 million debut—yet, as USA Today notes, Mockingjay—Part 2 managed to... More »

Jolie Pitt's Movie Bombs, Fails to Break 6 Figures

As James Bond rules again

(Newser) - The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters, while Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea caused barely a ripple. Spectre, the 24th Bond installment and last week's top film , took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio... More »

Spectre Finally Puts Box Office Out of Its Misery

'Spectre' soars to 73M, ending weeks of flops, but falling short of 'Skyfall'

(Newser) - It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office with the openings of both Spectre and The Peanuts Movie after a disastrous few weekends of flops . Spectre took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday, failing to... More »

Latest Epic Flops: Bullock in Crisis, Cooper Gets Burnt

Hollywood is having a scary bad run

(Newser) - Two of Hollywood's top stars, Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, scared up precious few moviegoers over the Halloween weekend. Our Brand Is Crisis, a political satire about campaign strategists in Bolivia starring Bullock, earned a scant $3.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Burnt, a restaurant drama headlined... More »

Box Office Saw Some Epic Flops This Weekend

Rough times for 'Steve Jobs,' Bill Murray, Vin Diesel

(Newser) - There is not much cause for celebration at the box office this weekend. Jem and the Holograms became one of the worst debuts of all time for a major studio movie opening in over 2,000 locations with a truly outrageous $1.3 million. Bill Murray's Rock the Kasbah... More »

Pan Flops, Martian Holds on

Third-place opening as Neverland flick finds only $15.5M

(Newser) - There is no Neverland magic at the box office for Pan. The expensive fantasy earned $15.5 million in its opening weekend, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The Joe Wright-directed film cost an estimated $150 million to produce. Ridley Scott's space adventure The Martian kept the top spot for... More »

The Martian Lands $55M Debut

Ridley Scott's latest equals Gravity's opening

(Newser) - Ridley Scott's 3D space epic The Martian touched down in theaters with a robust $55 million at the weekend box office. The 20th Century Fox release, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut left for dead on Mars, proved moviegoers remain drawn by the gravitational pull of space adventures. The... More »

Compton Is Now Highest Grossing Music Biopic Ever

NWA movie wins box office for a third weekend

(Newser) - Straight Outta Compton ruled the box office roost for the third weekend in a row, quietly pulling in $13.2 million as summer fades to black. But as USA Today notes, that was enough to propel it past Walk the Line as the highest grossing music biopic ever, with a... More »

Compton Straight Up Wins Again

NWA biopic isn't out of gas yet, pulls in $26.8M in second week

(Newser) - Straight Outta Compton easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at the multiplexes. The N.W.A. biopic, a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the late August releases that often characterize Hollywood's dog days of summer.... More »

'Astonishing' Compton Smashes Expectations

As The Man From U.N.C.L.E. struggles

(Newser) - The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations, while the stylish The Man From U.N.C.L.E. struggled to find its footing. Universal's NWA biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million in its debut, according to studio estimates today. Director F. Gary Gray's well-received film charts... More »

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