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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 »

Walker's Final Furious Scores Monster $143.6M

7 has the franchise's biggest opening yet

(Newser) - The high-octane Furious 7 peeled out of the gates in its opening weekend, picking up a stunning $143.6 million from 4,004 locations to easily top the domestic box office, according to studio estimates today. The expectation-shattering sum is a franchise best for the $190 million Universal Pictures film.... More »

Fifty Shades of Green: $81.7M

Guess that little fad isn't going away anytime soon

(Newser) - Apparently a lot of you hate-watched Fifty Shades of Grey this Valentine's Day weekend: The Jamie Dornan-Dakota Johnson S&M flick, which was widely panned as boring , pulled down $81.7 million in its first three days, reports the AP , and could be on track for $90 million-plus over... More »

This Year's Top-Grossing Actor Is...

Jennifer Lawrence, thanks to 'Hunger Games,' 'X-Men'

(Newser) - If you headed to the movies to see the latest Hunger Games or X-Men flicks, you witnessed the year's biggest global box-office star in action. Films featuring Jennifer Lawrence, who played Katniss in Mockingjay and Mystique in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, brought in $1.8 billion, putting her... More »

Final Hobbit Goes Out With $56.2M Win

It's Peter Jackson's final visit to Middle Earth

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" finale went out on top at the box office, debuting with $56.2 million over the weekend and taking in $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates today. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies cut its usual swath through the... More »

Mockingjay Wins a 3rd Weekend

Closes in on $260M in sleepy weekend at the box office

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 claimed the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically. Mockingjay—Part 1 is still about $78 million... More »

Mockingjay Soars to $123M Debut*

*It's the biggest opening of 2014, worst for the franchise

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay —Part 1 sent Transformers: The Age of Extinction's $100 million debut the way of the dodo, pulling down $123 million and the year's biggest opening, but utterly falling short of the franchise's two previous movies and the $145 million to $150 million... More »

Dumb To Laughs All Way to Bank

Audiences ignored critics, fork over $38.1M

(Newser) - Critics may have hated Dumb and Dumber To , but audiences apparently flocked to it: The Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels reunion won the weekend box office with $38.1 million—which is almost exactly what it cost to make, notes the Hollywood Reporter . It's the biggest opening in a decade... More »

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