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Spider-Man 2 Opens Strong, Falls Short

Andrew Garfield-Emma Stone reboot is playing as well with audiences

(Newser) - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kicked off what's seen as the start of Hollywood's summer season this weekend with a muscular $92 million haul that nonetheless fell well short of others in the franchise, short of expectations, and short of the biggest opening of 2014—which the LA Times ... More »

Ride Along Cruises to $41.2M

'Lone Survivor' not even a close second

(Newser) - Ride Along arrived in first place at the weekend box office. The buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates today. The strong opening for Ride Along marks the biggest opening for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr.... More »

Lone Survivor: Best War-Film Bow Since 9/11

'Hercules' stumbles while 'Frozen' clings to second spot

(Newser) - Lone Survivor shocked Hollywood this weekend with a blistering $38.9 million debut—the best of any war film since 9/11, says the Hollywood Reporter . Analysts tell USA Today that the Mark Wahlberg drama, about a US military mission gone wrong, fared well in the heartland thanks to a patriotic... More »

Frozen Ices Paranormal

Also, it's cold out and a lot of you didn't go to the movies

(Newser) - Anyone else detecting a theme to the weekend ? Disney's Frozen has claimed the box office crown, reeling in $20.7 million. That was enough to put Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones in the No. 2 slot with $18.2 million; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was in... More »

Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

Hunger Games Clobbers Thor in Epic Bow

Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi sequel beats expectations by $20M

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is no everyday sequel. The Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi pic defied expectations with a massive $161.1 million opening, thumping Thor: The Dark World ($14.1 million) and earning the best November debut ever, Variety reports. Meanwhile, The Best Man Holiday ($12.5 million) fell on... More »

Best Man Holiday Stuns in Debut

'Thor 2' maintains lead, but never saw this coming

(Newser) - Thor: the Dark World ruled the weekend box office again, banking $38.5 million, but more exciting may be The Best Man Holiday—a black-American release that took second with a stunning $30.6 million debut, the LA Times reports. "There’s no crystal ball in guessing this stuff,... More »

Thor Bashes Jackass With $86.1M

It wasn't really a close fight

(Newser) - Thor: The Dark World smashed its way to a hulking $86.1 million win at the weekend box office, easily swatting away Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and its second-place $11.3 million, reports the AP . Thor's take was good enough for the fourth-biggest debut of the year, notes the... More »

Ender's Game Rules Box Office

Bad Grandpa still competing

(Newser) - Futuristic flick Ender's Game played its way to the top this weekend, though its $28 million isn't much to cheer about for Summit Entertainment, the Los Angeles Times reports; Ender aims to lead a new teen franchise, the Hollywood Reporter notes. In second place was the still-sprightly Bad ... More »

Bad Grandpa Finally Takes Gravity Down

While 'The Counselor' never even blasts off

(Newser) - Gravity finally came down to Earth this weekend, relinquishing its No. 1 place at the box office to Johnny Knoxville's prank-fueled Bad Grandpa. The Jackass genre flick fooled $32 million out of moviegoers, while the Sandra Bullock-starring space thriller earned another $20.3 million—bringing its overall gross to... More »

Carrie Falls to Gravity

And literally no one went to see the WikiLeaks movie

(Newser) - Gravity scared off Carrie this weekend, pulling off its third box-office win in a row with a hefty $31 million take, reports the Los Angeles Times . Both films were expected to fetch around $30 million, but the Stephen King classic fell far short, with $17 million and the No. 3... More »

Nothing Can Pull Gravity Down

Plunders 'Captain Phillips' with $44.3M

(Newser) - What goes up must come down—but it hasn't happened yet for highly lauded 3D thriller Gravity, which topped the box office for a second weekend with $44.3 million in ticket sales. Tom Hanks-led Somali pirate flick Captain Phillips sailed in to No. 2, grossing a seaworthy $26... More »

Gravity Pulls in Monster $55.6M Debut

Cuaron's latest sets a record for an October debut

(Newser) - Critics dubbed Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity "extraordinary," and moviegoers this weekend sealed the deal: The George Clooney-Sandra Bullock space drama soared to No. 1 at the box office, with a $55.6 million opening that set a record for an October debut. That's about $20 million... More »

Meatballs Reigns With $35M Weekend

(Newser) - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 left the competition standing out in a downpour at this weekend's box office, reeling in $35 million—more than three times the $11.2 million total for No. 2 thriller Prisoners, reports the LA Times . Ron Howard's Rush opened in third... More »

Jackman's Prisoners Takes No. 1

But Chris Brown's 'Battle of the Year' wasn't

(Newser) - Despite complaints about the ending , Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal had a winning weekend with their thriller, Prisoners, taking in $21.4 million to lead the box office, reports the LA Times . Last week's winner, Insidious: Chapter 2, slipped into the No. 2 spot with $14.5 million, adds... More »

Insidious 2 Scares Up Friday the 13th Win

(Newser) - In fitting news for the weekend of Friday the 13th, low-budget horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 frightened the box office with a $41 million opening—the second best September opening of all time, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The weekend's only other opening, mob comedy The Family, came in a... More »

Riddick Shines Brightest With $18.7M

Knocks 'The Butler' out of top spot

(Newser) - The Butler's long run at the top of the box office charts finally came to an end this weekend, with Vin Diesel's Riddick debuting to the tune of $18.7 million to take the No. 1 spot. On the historically slow weekend after Labor Day, it was easily... More »

Oprah Out-Performs One Direction

The Butler is No 1. for 3rd weekend

(Newser) - The combined teen dreamboat power of One Direction was still not enough to topple the mighty O at the Labor Day weekend box office: Oprah's The Butler took the No. 1 position for the third week running, raking in another $20 million. One Direction's eponymous 3D documentary opened... More »

Butler Wins Again With $17M

'We're the Millers' still doing surprisingly well; 'Jobs,' not so much

(Newser) - Lee Daniels' The Butler might have fared very poorly in one Kentucky theater , but it was the winner nationwide for a second week in a row , pulling in $17 million on a sleepy end-of-summer weekend. We're the Millers also held steady, with a $13.5 million haul that gave... More »

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