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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 »

Tarzan Fizzles, Swings to a Loss

'Finding Dory' holds to No. 1 spot for a 3rd week

(Newser) - The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG were both dwarfed by Finding Dory over the July 4th weekend, as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Finding Dory earned $41.9 million in North America. Disney is forecasting a four-day... More »

Independence Day Fizzles

'Finding Dory' again conquers the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - The tidal wave of Finding Dory overwhelmed the sputtering sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, whose weekend debut was drowned out by the popular Pixar release in North American theaters, reports the AP . In its second week, Finding Dory easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2 million, according to studio... More »

Dory Finds Biggest Animated Opening Ever

'Nemo' sequel 'obliterated expectations' with monster debut

(Newser) - The forgetful blue fish of Finding Dory is box office gold. The Pixar sequel far-surpassed its already ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, reports the AP , making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film Shrek ... More »

Conjuring 2 Scares Off Sequels Slump

Sorry, 'Warcraft'

(Newser) - The old-school horror film The Conjuring 2 was the top movie in weekend theaters, opening with estimated $40.4 million, reports the AP , a strong result that broke the recent sequels slump at the box office. The big-budget video-game adaptation Warcraft came in second with $24.4 million, according to... More »

Faded Nostalgia Kicks TMNT Reboot

But $35.3M is good enough for a box-office win

(Newser) - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise appears to be debuting in half-lives, with Out of the Shadows scoring a $35.3 million win at this weekend's box office that was a sharp drop from the first reboot's $65 million. "In 2014, people were running out to see... More »

Cue the Apocalypse: Mutants Rule

And more bad news for Johnny Depp

(Newser) - X-Men: Apocalypse romped at the box office this Memorial Day weekend, with the franchise's latest installment pulling in $65 million for the three-day weekend, reports USA Today. That number was projected to climb to $80 million when Monday is added to the Friday-to-Sunday totals. The box office held more... More »

Angry Birds Rule the Roost

$39M win despite angry critics

(Newser) - Captain America has found a worthy competitor in a bunch of flightless birds. The Angry Birds Movie soared to $39 million in its debut weekend, reports the AP , knocking Captain America: Civil War off its first-place perch, according to comScore estimates Sunday. This despite reviews that were lukewarm, reports USA ... More »

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

Barely

(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 »

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