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Lego Batman, 50 Shades Choke Competition

'The Great Wall' falls

(Newser) - 50 Shades Darker again found itself playing second banana to the Lego Batman Movie , as the two scored $34.2 million and $20.9 million, respectively, to hold down three newcomers, reports Business Insider . Failing big-league was Matt Damon's The Great Wall, which the AP notes at $150 million... More »

Lego Batman Throws Fifty Shades Some Shade

Audiences decidedly less passionate about Jamie Dornan sequel

(Newser) - In the Department of Puns That Write Themselves, Fifty Shades Darker found itself getting dominated this pre-Valentine's Day weekend, reports the AP —by no less than the decidedly more kid-friendly Lego Batman Movie. Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and their much maligned S&M franchise pulled in $46.8... More »

Shyamalan's Split Rules Box Office Again

That's 3 straight weeks

(Newser) - M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personality thriller Split led the box office for a third straight week, a fairly unprecedented streak for a low-budget horror film, reports AP . According to studio estimates Sunday, Split came out on top again with $14.6 million in North American ticket sales, bringing the... More »

Dog's Purpose Doesn't Roll Over

Flick about man's best friend relatively unscathed by controversy, but 'Split' rules

(Newser) - A Dog's Purpose has underperformed slightly at the box office as it opened in theaters amid controversy over animal treatment on set and calls for a boycott. Based on early projections, the family film was expected to open in the mid $20-million range, reports the AP , but studio estimates... More »

M. Night Shyamalan Is Feeling Much Better Now

After years without a hit, director's 'Split' takes a decisive win

(Newser) - M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Split blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, reports the AP . Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, Split doubled forecasts to easily lead all films.... More »

Affleck, Scorsese Drop Bombs

Meanwhile, 'Hidden Figures' isn't so hidden for a second week in a row

(Newser) - The crowd-pleasing NASA drama Hidden Figures has topped the box office for the second straight week, while a pair of high-priced prestige releases sputtered, reports the AP . Estimates on Sunday say Hidden Figures, a tale about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, sold $20.5 million in tickets in... More »

Rogue One Runs Into Hidden Trouble

The weekend ends in a squeaker

(Newser) - It came down to the wire this weekend, but Rogue One walked away the box-office winner for the fourth week in a row by edging out Hidden Figures by the slimmest of margins: $22 million to $21.8 million, reports Variety , which notes "the positions could reverse when final... More »

Rogue One Makes it Three

Disney starts off 2017 strong, after having dominated 2016

(Newser) - The new year at the box office is starting where 2016 left off: with Disney on top, reports the AP . The Star Wars spinoff Rogue One led for the third straight week, taking in an estimated $64.3 million over the four-day New Year's weekend, per studio estimates. Rogue ... More »

Here Are the Top-Grossing Actors of 2016

Scarlett Johansson beats out her 'Captain America' costars

(Newser) - The three top-grossing actors of 2016 have one thing in common: They all starred in the top-grossing movie of the year, Captain America: Civil War. In fact, all but one of the 10 top-grossing actors of 2016 starred in a comic flick this year, reports Forbes . The exception is Felicity... More »

Passengers Can't Stop Rogue One

Stars Wars' latest romps a 2nd week with $96M

(Newser) - It was an intergalactic holiday at movie theaters as Rogue One blasted past a quartet of new releases to hold onto the top spot at the weekend box office. The Star Wars story added another $96 million to its coffers over the four-day holiday period, according to studio estimates Monday.... More »

The Force Is With Rogue One

'Star Wars' latest soars to $155M, 2nd-biggest December opening

(Newser) - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, reports the AP , scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million in estimated ticket sales. Globally, Rogue One notched $290.5 million, adds Forbes . The intergalactic adventure blasted into theaters with the... More »

La La Land Nearly Sets Record—in 5 Theaters

But 'Moana' wins again in quiet weekend before 'Rogue One' drops

(Newser) - Disney's Moana has continued to sit pretty atop the box office for its third consecutive weekend, reports the AP , but Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land was what really had audiences singing this weekend. Playing in only five theaters, the lively and well-reviewed La La Land grossed a... More »

Moana Finds Smooth Sailing a Second Week

And 'Fantastic Beasts' knows where to find 2nd place

(Newser) - Moana goosed $28.4 million out of a sleepy December weekend, good enough for first place for the second weekend in a row, notes the Hollywood Reporter . Disney's animated offering, which fell short of Frozen's record last week, now has $119.9 million domestically. Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts and ... More »

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 »

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