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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 »

Fantastic Four Bombs

Latest Marvel reboot can't even unseat Mission: Impossible

(Newser) - Fantastic Four took terrible reviews , a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes , and expectations of a $45 million payday at the weekend box office and somehow still managed to grossly underperform, reports Business Insider . The latest to emerge from the Marvel recycling factory managed only $26.2 million—not even enough... More »

Mission: Impossible Derails Vacation

Franchise scores its second-biggest opening

(Newser) - The stakes may be high for Ethan Hunt and his team in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, but it was hardly impossible for the Tom Cruise pic to conquer the box office. The fifth installment in the nearly 20-year-old film series has earned $56 million, according to studio estimates today. Opening... More »

Minions Rule in Monster $115M Debut

That's the No. 2 opening for an animated flick

(Newser) - Minions proved anything but diminutive in their box office debut this weekend: As USA Today reports, the Despicable Me henchmen pulled in $115.2 million, notching the second-biggest opening ever for an animated flick. Shrek the Third holds that record with $121.6 million. Minions scored the No. 1 single... More »

Magic Mike's Box Office Haul: XXS

Channing Tatum sequel has miserable debut as 'Jurassic,' 'Inside Out' hang on

(Newser) - Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys both fizzled over the July Fourth weekend, leaving the popular holdovers Jurassic World and Inside Out to top the holiday box office. Despite the release of the anticipated sequels, the rule of Jurassic World continued with an estimated $30.9 million in its fourth... More »

Jurassic World Just Went on a $205M Rampage

The second biggest opening of all time: "Nobody saw this coming"

(Newser) - Jurassic World may be no Park , but the sequel just stormed its way to the biggest opening of the year and the second biggest of all time: And as USA Today reports, the $204.6 million (barely short of The Avengers' $207.4 million) was something of a sneak... More »

San Andreas: 'Rock' Scores Biggest Debut as Leading Man

Flick pulls in $53.2M as Crowe's 'Aloha' flops

(Newser) - San Andreas rumbled through theaters this weekend, pulling down $53.2 million in its wake and giving Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson his biggest debut as a leading man, notes the Hollywood Reporter . Cameron Crowe's Aloha, meanwhile, tanked in the No. 6 spot with $10 million amid critics' scorn... More »

Tomorrowland Ekes Out $32.2M Win—Barely

'Pitch Perfect 2' hot on heels of flopping Clooney tentpole

(Newser) - The "beautiful, flawed adventure" that is Tomorrowland eked out a win at this weekend's box office, but only just: The George Clooney tentpole pulled down $32.2 million, notes the Hollywood Reporter , well below expectations that had soared as high as $50 million. It narrowly beat out Pitch ... More »

Ultron Again Rules With $77.2M

Crushes 'Hot Pursuit'

(Newser) - The Age of Ultron is not over. The Avengers sequel has topped the domestic box office for the second week with an estimated $77.2 million, according to Rentrak estimates today. The film has earned a staggering $312.9 million in just 10 days in theaters. While a wild success... More »

Ultron's Monster $188M Debut Is US' No. 2 Ever

But falls short of the original 'Avengers'

(Newser) - Critics liked it, and audiences turned out in droves for Avengers: Age of Ultron, giving it the second-biggest domestic opening weekend ever, with a formidable $187.7 million, reports the Hollywood Reporter . But though Ultron fell short of the original Avengers' $207.4 million debut, it continued to rake... More »

Furious 7 Still Faster Than the Competition

But 'Avengers' tidal wave is coming

(Newser) - Furious 7 enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, revved... More »

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