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Frozen 2 Stays Hot, While Playmobil Is a Historic Flop

Disney sequel nears $1B take worldwide

(Newser) - Frozen 2 blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign at No. 1 with $34.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Walt Disney Co. animated sequel has already grossed $919.7 million worldwide, the AP reports. It will soon become the sixth Disney... More »

Knives Out Takes a Stab at Frozen 2

But Disney wins the weekend box office again

(Newser) - Frozen 2 kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer Knives Out found its own broad audience, the AP reports. Disney's new set of adventures for Anna, Elsa, and Olaf brought in $85.3... More »

Ford v Ferrari Laps Competition

Film's retro approach is a hit

(Newser) - Ford v Ferrari put its competition in the rearview, racing to a $31 million debut at the box office in a No. 1 finish that counted as a win for big-budget originality. James Mangold’s racing drama rode into the weekend with strong reviews and Oscar buzz for its for... More »

Midway Surprises Doctor Sleep

'Playing With Fire,' 'Last Christmas' trail

(Newser) - The World War II film Midway has scored a surprise victory at the box office this weekend over Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. Lionsgate on Sunday said the war epic from director Roland Emmerich earned an estimated $17.5 million in North American theaters to take the top... More »

Joker, Maleficent Are Neck and Neck

No new releases challenge for top weekend spots

(Newser) - Joker narrowly bested Maleficent: Mistress of Evil to regain the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in its fourth week of release. The R-rated comic-book hit earned an estimated $18.9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That came in just above... More »

Joker Is Making a Staggering Amount of Money

It's on track to become the top-grossing R-rated movie of all time

(Newser) - Joker's dark content may be controversial , causing increased security at some theaters, but no one can say the film is not successful—hugely successful. Deadline reports the movie is set to make a profit of nearly half a billion dollars, close to the $500 million Avengers: Infinity War—which... More »

Maleficent Edges Out Joker

Angelina Jolie film trails original but still takes the weekend

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co.'s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has knocked Joker out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely. Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend... More »

Joker Doesn't Scare Away Audiences

'Abominable' finishes a distant second for weekend

(Newser) - Warner Bros.' R-rated Joker has set a new record at the October box office. Studios on Sunday estimate that the dark spin on the classic Batman villain earned an estimated $93.5 million from ticket sales in its first weekend in North American theaters. The previous October record-holder was... More »

Joker Sets a Record in Previews

Film has wide opening today

(Newser) - Previews for Joker set an October record on Thursday night, bringing in $13.3 million. The Joaquin Phoenix film will be shown at 4,374 North American theaters on Friday, Deadline reports, another record for the month. Venom raked in $10 million last October. The film tells the dark story... More »

Abominable Opening Tops Judy

Downton Abbey drops to second for weekend

(Newser) - The DreamWorks animated adventure Abominable has topped the box office with an estimated $20.9 million, while the Renee Zellweger-led Judy Garland tale Judy got off to a sonorous start, the AP reports. Abominable was the weekend's sole new wide release. It's a US-China co-production between Universal's... More »

Downton Abbey Teaches Stallone, Pitt Their Manners

Ad Astra, new Rambo follow small-screen transfer

(Newser) - Brad Pitt's Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone's Rambo: Last Blood were no match for Downton Abbey at the box office. The big-screen encore of the upstairs-downstairs TV series opened with an estimated $31 million in ticket sales over the weekend, handily overpowering a pair of less well-mannered movies.... More »

Hustlers Rakes in the Booty

But it still can't beat 'It: Chapter 2'

(Newser) - It wasn't quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of Hustlers topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office, the AP reports. It: Chapter Two brought in $40.7 million in the US and Canada to keep... More »

It: Chapter Two Owns Weekend

Horror film didn't compete with any major releases

(Newser) - A robust audience turned out to catch It: Chapter Two in movie theaters this weekend, but not quite as big as the first. Warner Bros. says Sunday that It: Chapter Two earned an estimated $91 million from North American ticket sales in its first weekend, the AP reports. Trailing only... More »

Angel Has Fallen Tops Expectations

Good Boys drops to second place for weekend

(Newser) - Angel Has Fallen has easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often-quiet late summer, the AP reports. The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into the weekend, opening similarly to the 2016... More »

Challengers Can't Unseat Hobbs & Shaw

Host of new films fall short of spinoff

(Newser) - Audiences have helped the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw take another lap at No. 1, even with an onslaught of new movies this weekend. Universal Pictures estimated Sunday that Hobbs & Shaw added $25.4 million from North American theaters, the AP reports, bringing its domestic total to... More »

Latest Fast & Furious Starts More Slowly Than Usual

'The Lion King' falls to second place

(Newser) - The first spinoff of the 18-year-old Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs and Shaw, has pocketed $60.8 million in its North American debut and another $120 million internationally. That's the smallest domestic opening for a Fast & Furious film since 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,... More »

Tarantino Tops His Career Best

But 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' can't touch 'The Lion King'

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino topped his personal-best weekend debut with the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—but the R-rated movie still lagged far behind Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King, per the Hollywood Reporter . The animated blockbuster added $75 million at home, holding onto first place ahead... More »

The Lion King Opens With a Roar

Disney film sets a couple of records

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. is ruling the box office again with the record-breaking debut of The Lion King this weekend. The studio said Sunday that the photorealistic remake devoured an estimated $185 million in ticket sales from 4,725 North American locations, the AP reports. It's a record for... More »

Spider-Man Shakes Off Newcomers

'Crawl' and ' Stuber' can't touch sequel at the top

(Newser) - Spider-Man: Far From Home is celebrating another weekend at No. 1. Fresh counterprograming like the horror movie Crawl and the action-comedy Stuber barely made a dent in the web-slinger's earnings, the AP reports. Studios on Sunday estimate that the Spider-Man sequel added $45.3 million, bringing its domestic total... More »

Toy Story Is No. 1 Again, but No. 3 Is 'the Big Story'

'Yesterday' debuted well over industry expectations

(Newser) - Toy Story 4 hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: Yesterday. The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic comedy featuring the music of... More »

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