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Alien Lands With Audiences

'Covenant' edges out 'Guardians'

(Newser) - Alien: Covenant is just barely edging out Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in the weekend box-office space battle, reports the AP . Studio estimates Sunday show Ridley Scott's latest Alien exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales. Guardians collected just over $35 million in its third week of... More »

King Arthur Suffers Legend of the Flop

$175M Guy Ritchie film scores disastrous $14.7M, behind 'Guardians,' 'Snatched'

(Newser) - The first major box office flop of the summer movie season has arrived. Studio estimates on Sunday say director Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opened to a bleak $14.7 million from more than 3,700 locations against a costly $175 million production budget, reports the... More »

Guardians Smashes Its Own Record

$145M debut for Marvel's latest winner

(Newser) - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rocketed to an estimated $145 million debut, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with something the movie business has been lacking: a sequel more successful than the original. Studio estimates released Sunday said James Gunn's second Guardians film opened 54% higher than... More »

Latin Lover Dumps The Circle

As 'Fate of the Furious' zooms to a third No. 1 showing in a row

(Newser) - Critics hated The Circle , and audiences didn't appear to much care for it, either, as Emma Watson's latest took in a wobbly $9.3 million and fourth place in a weekend box office that was yet again dominated by The Fate of the Furious, reports Variety . The... More »

Bale, Heigl in Dueling Disasters

'Unforgettable' isn't, 'The Promise' breaks as 'Fate of the Furious' zooms to top again

(Newser) - Katherine Heigl suffered the worst opening weekend of her career as audiences forgot in droves to go see Unforgettable, but still managed to come out ahead of Christian Bale's latest, the apparently controversial The Promise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Fate of the Furious again came out on top, with... More »

Fate of the Furious Just Made Movie History

It pulls in a record $532M worldwide in its opening weekend

(Newser) - The Fate of the Furious might not have opened as well as expected in the US, but it was enough to give the movie the biggest worldwide debut ever. The eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise pulled in a $532.5 million globally in its opening weekend, edging... More »

Furious Finds Its $100M Fate

Easily wins the weekend, but falls far short of 'Furious 7'

(Newser) - Fate of the Furious sped its way to a $100.2 million opening weekend, enough for a No. 1 finish that was disappointing only when stacked up against Furious 7's $147.2 million opener, reports Forbes . The eighth installment scored big globally, notes Variety , with $532.5 million, easily... More »

Boss Baby Tells Smurfs to Get Lost

'Lost Village' tanks in first week

(Newser) - It apparently takes more than a lost village to make Smurfs relevant again, as Alec Baldwin's wise-cracking Boss Baby stayed atop the box office a second week with $26.3 million. Beauty and the Beast was close behind with $25 million as it heads toward the $1 billion mark,... More »

'Poor Shia': LaBeouf Film Makes Less Than $9 in UK

'Man Down' sold the equivalent (if we're being generous) of one ticket

(Newser) - Everyone in the UK must have seen the Rotten Tomatoes reviews for Shia LaBeouf's new movie, because absolutely no one is going to see it—except for maybe one person. Variety , which describes Man Down as a "war thriller," simply says "Ouch" as it reports the... More »

Dreamworks' Baby Bosses Beauty and the Beast

And 'Ghost in the Shell' tanks

(Newser) - The taskmaster toddler of Boss Baby has dethroned Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the box office with a $49 million debut. Studio estimates released Sunday said the DreamWorks Animation release starring Alec Baldwin as a suit-clad baby narrowly edged out the previous two-week leader. The live-action Beauty and ... More »

Beast Romps, CHiPs Tanks

Disney remake shows little sign of slowing down in 2nd week out

(Newser) - Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters, reports the AP . Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49% from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned $317 million to... More »

Beast Roars in Monster Debut

Disney's live-action remake annihilates G and PG records with $170M opening

(Newser) - Disney's live-action Beauty was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies, reports the AP . Beauty and the Beast dominated globally, notes the Hollywood Reporter , pulling in another $180 million from... More »

Sorry, Logan, Kong Is King

'Skull Island' swings to $61M victory

(Newser) - A new king swung to the top of the box office this weekend with Kong: Skull Island dethroning Hugh Jackman's latest stand as Wolverine in Logan. Skull Island took in $61 million in its debut, reports the Los Angeles Times , though that falls well short of the reported $185... More »

Logan Claws Out an $85.3M Win

Adamantium on display as 'Moonlight' is rising

(Newser) - The R-rated X-Men spinoff Logan slashed into the weekend box office, reports the AP , opening with a massive $85.3 million that surpassed expectations and ranks among the top March debuts ever. The 20th Century Fox release features Hugh Jackman in what he has hinted could be his final performance... More »

Get Out Goes Out With a Bang

Jordan Peele's directorial debut scores $30.5M in first outing

(Newser) - Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out has made a splash atop the box office in its opening weekend, reports the AP . Studio estimates Sunday show the thriller earned $30.5 million to take first place. The well-reviewed film only cost a reported $4.5 million to produce. Get ... More »

Lego Batman, 50 Shades Choke Competition

'The Great Wall' falls

(Newser) - 50 Shades Darker again found itself playing second banana to the Lego Batman Movie , as the two scored $34.2 million and $20.9 million, respectively, to hold down three newcomers, reports Business Insider . Failing big-league was Matt Damon's The Great Wall, which the AP notes at $150 million... More »

Lego Batman Throws Fifty Shades Some Shade

Audiences decidedly less passionate about Jamie Dornan sequel

(Newser) - In the Department of Puns That Write Themselves, Fifty Shades Darker found itself getting dominated this pre-Valentine's Day weekend, reports the AP —by no less than the decidedly more kid-friendly Lego Batman Movie. Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and their much maligned S&M franchise pulled in $46.8... More »

Shyamalan's Split Rules Box Office Again

That's 3 straight weeks

(Newser) - M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personality thriller Split led the box office for a third straight week, a fairly unprecedented streak for a low-budget horror film, reports AP . According to studio estimates Sunday, Split came out on top again with $14.6 million in North American ticket sales, bringing the... More »

Dog's Purpose Doesn't Roll Over

Flick about man's best friend relatively unscathed by controversy, but 'Split' rules

(Newser) - A Dog's Purpose has underperformed slightly at the box office as it opened in theaters amid controversy over animal treatment on set and calls for a boycott. Based on early projections, the family film was expected to open in the mid $20-million range, reports the AP , but studio estimates... More »

M. Night Shyamalan Is Feeling Much Better Now

After years without a hit, director's 'Split' takes a decisive win

(Newser) - M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Split blew away box-office expectations, earning an estimated $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, reports the AP . Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, Split doubled forecasts to easily lead all films.... More »

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