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2 Big Pieces of News for Wonder Woman Fans

'1984' installment makes $16.7M in its opening weekend, and a 3rd installment is on

(Newser) - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic having shuttered an estimated 65% of North American movie theaters, Wonder Woman 1984 scored a decent box office win: $16.7 million in its US opening weekend after debuting Christmas Day. That's a pandemic record, USA Today reports, and Variety calls the number "robust...

Only Major Film in Theaters During Pandemic to Leave

Home release of 'Tenet' is next month

(Newser) - After several months in pandemic-altered theaters, Christopher Nolan's Tenet will head to home release on Dec. 15, Warner Bros. said Thursday. The film will be available digitally as well as on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K just before the holidays, potentially bringing an end to its turbulent but singular run...

Movie Chains Open for Month, and the Report Card Is In

Americans are not returning in big numbers

(Newser) - About three quarters of the country’s movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly, per the AP . The biggest movies continue to limp along. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.’...

Christopher Nolan Gives Hollywood a 'Litmus Test'

Will Americans go see his movie during the pandemic?

(Newser) - In a litmus test for American moviegoing in the pandemic, Christopher Nolan's Tenet brought in an estimated $20.2 million through the holiday weekend in US and Canadian theaters, the AP reports. The result could be greeted as either the rejuvenation of US cinemas—more Americans went to the...

2014 Movie Was Sunday's Top-Grossing Film Worldwide

Interstellar was a hit in reopened Chinese cinemas

(Newser) - Christopher Nolan's dystopian sci-fi epic Interstellar was a hit in 2014—and it returned to become the world's top-grossing movie on Sunday. That's thanks to box office figures from China, where movie theaters started to reopen on July 20, reports Quartz . Interstellar made $2.6 million when...

27 Years Later, This Film Is Back on Top

'Jurassic Park' makes a comeback, along with other Spielberg classics

(Newser) - There's a new No. 1 at the box office—and by new, we also mean old. Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park nabbed the No. 1 spot at the US box office for a fourth time in its history over Father's Day weekend, earning $517,600 at...

It Cost $0 to Make. It Was a Box Office No. 1

Unsubscribed makers found loophole that brought them to the top of the charts

(Newser) - "In any other climate, this would be impossible," says filmmaker Christian Nilsson, who had a No.1 box office hit with a movie that cost $0 to make. Nilsson and his friend Eric Tabach, an actor and YouTuber, shot 29-minute horror film Unsubscribed entirely on Zoom in mid-May...

In China, Movie Theaters Have Begun Reopening

But they're not exactly crowded

(Newser) - As China considers the pandemic to be easing, the country has begun to reopen movie theaters. More than 500 in five provinces are back in business, Variety reports, though they aren't doing much business. The theaters brought in less than $2,000 combined on Friday. Two provinces reported that...

The Box Office Numbers Aren't Pretty

On a terrible weekend, 'Onward' stays at the top

(Newser) - Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters, as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekend's ever at the box office, the AP reports. Studio estimates Sunday show receipts totaled about $56 million in US and...

Onward and The Way Back Open on Top During the Outbreak

Disney says effects of virus scare are limited to Asia and Pacific

(Newser) - North American audiences are not staying away from theaters in the face of coronavirus concerns, according to the weekend's box office numbers. Disney and Pixar's Onward topped the charts, and the Ben Affleck basketball drama The Way Back also opened normally. Onward earned $40 million from 4,310...

Reviews Lift The Invisible Man

'Hedgehog' and 'Call of the Wild' trail, while Peter Pan tale doesn't soar

(Newser) - The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller The Invisible Man rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend, the AP reports. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that the film from writer-director Leigh Whannell earned $29 million from North American theaters. Internationally, it picked up...

Sonic Makeover Is Off to the Races

Major Oscar bump benefits 'Parasite'

(Newser) - The redesigned Sonic the Hedgehog showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Parasite saw one of the largest post-Oscars bumps in years. Paramount Pictures' Sonic came in well above expectations, the AP reports, especially for a movie...

17 Years Later, Bad Boys Franchise Comes Back Strong

Dolittle opens at No. 2 for the weekend as 1917 slips

(Newser) - Two Bad Boys were too good for one Dolittle at the box office. Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, brought in $59 million in the US and Canada to score a No. 1 debut entering the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the AP reports. The...

Skywalker Keeps Well-Reviewed Debut at Bay

Overall, the box office enjoys a fine Christmas boost

(Newser) - This holiday weekend, Hollywood got its favorite gift of all: ticket sales, Variety reports. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker led the 6.3% box-office spike over last year's frame, raking in a domestic $72 million, followed by Jumanji: The Next Level ($35 million), Little Women ($16.5 million),...

Mediocre Reviews May Have Slowed The Rise of Skywalker

Weekend take meets Disney's expectations but not analysts'

(Newser) - The Force was less strong with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams' Skywalker finale couldn't match its recent predecessors on opening weekend, the AP reports, but it still amassed a $175.5 million debut that ranked far, far away from all but a dozen films. The ...

Jumanji Is No. 1 as Richard Jewell Tanks

Eastwood has one of his weakest openings

(Newser) - Jumanji: The Next Level puts Frozen 2 on second-place ice, while Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell opened with one of the worst box office debuts for the director. The Sony film starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart brought in $60.1 million in the US and Canada to break a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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