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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 »

Divergent's 3rd Try Not the Charm

'Allegiant' bombs as Disney's 'Zootopia' rules another week

(Newser) - Zootopia continues to run wild over its rivals in its third weekend in theaters, reports the AP , stomping all over the launch of Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent series. The animated Disney film took in $38 million to take first place and pass the $200 million mark domestically,... More »

Cloverfield Pulls Surprise; Baron Cohen Bombs

But 'Zootopia' wins the weekend again

(Newser) - The JJ Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane capitalized on a mysterious marketing campaign to debut with a better-than-expected $25.2 million over the weekend, though the Disney animated hit Zootopia stayed on top with $50 million, reports the AP . The second-straight No. 1 weekend came easily for Zootopia, which slid a... More »

Zootopia Shatters Frozen Record

Animated flick scores $73.7 million for Disney

(Newser) - Deadpool's three-week reign atop the box office has ended thanks to a handful of new openers including Zootopia and London Has Fallen. The top spot went to Disney's Zootopia, reports the AP , which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $73.... More »

Gods of Egypt Stumbles as Deadpool Romps

Not the best weekend for debut movies

(Newser) - Deadpool's third week at the box office was also the charm, giving the Ryan Reynolds antihero flick its third win in a row with $31.5 million, reports USA Today . The latest tally pushes Deadpool to the No. 3 grossing R-rated movie ever, past The Matrix Reloaded. "Much... More »

What Competition? Deadpool Romps Again

$55M payday for Marvel anti-hero

(Newser) - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash Deadpool continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, reports the AP , earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers. After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut , the comic book adaptation from 20th... More »

Deadpool Just Whipped a Fifty Shades of Grey Record

$135M, thank you very much

(Newser) - Last February, American moviegoers decided nothing said Valentine's Day like a rich guy with control issues . This Valentine's Day weekend, we swooned for a pottymouthed superhero, reports USA Today , firmly putting Deadpool at the top of the box office with a monster $135 million opening weekend. That smashed ... More »

Kung Fu Panda Romps Over Anemic Rivals

'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'? No, thank you

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 3 again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! and the Jane Austen-monster mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies followed distantly behind. DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release,... More »

Kung Fu Panda 3 Kicks Up $41M

Meanwhile, 'Finest Hours' didn't appear to have many this weekend

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 3 has kicked its way to the top of the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, the AP reports, citing Rentrak estimates Sunday. The animated sequel fared much better than the weekend's other new openers, like Disney's Coast Guard adventure The Finest ... More »

The Revenant Fights Off East Coast Blizzard

Scores a $16M win as snow batters ticket sales

(Newser) - East Coasters were largely too busy shoveling to go to the movies this weekend, but it was a tale of man vs. nature that emerged victorious at the box office: Leo DiCaprio's The Revenant took the top spot for the first time in its third weekend in wide release,... More »

See Ya, Force: Moviegoers Go for a Ride

'Ride Along 2' ends Star Wars' 4-week reign

(Newser) - The Force has weakened: After a four-week reign atop the box office, the latest in the Star Wars franchise toppled to No. 3 this week, courtesy of Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Ride Along 2, as well as a Revenant buoyed by 12 Oscar nominations. As USA Today reports, Ride ... More »

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