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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 »

Summer Box Office Worst in 17 Years

Ticket sales slump in North America

(Newser) - If it seems like it's been a blah summer for movies, know that Hollywood's accountants feel the same way. The New York Times reports that this has been worst summer for the film industry in North America since 1997. Ticket sales from May through August are expected to... More »

Ninja Turtles Rule Box Office

Leonardo and co. defeat Guardians of the Galaxy

(Newser) - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office, and the totally tubular ticket sales prompted the studio to announce plans today for a sequel set for June 3, 2016. Paramount Pictures' comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged... More »

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 »

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