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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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),... More »

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 ... More »

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... More »

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 »

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