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The failure last month of THE DARK TOWER left industry observers wondering whether there was still a market for Stephen King adaptations. However, all of those doubts are long gone thanks to the record-breaking opening of Warner/New Line’s IT, which brought in an astonishing $123 million dollars. That is more than double the previous September […]

This was the lowest grossing Labor Day weekend in 17 years, offering no new contenders of note. However, the films that were out there essentially remained steady.THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD came #1 for the third week in a row, increasing 2.6% for $10.5 million. ANNABELLE: CREATION nabbed second, dropping only 2.4% for a total of $7.5 […]

We were on vacation last week, but frankly, there was not much to miss at the movies then or this past weekend. Summit’s action/comedy THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD came in first again, grossing a limp $10 million, followed by Warner’s horror sequel ANNABELLE: CREATION in second with $7.4 million. Known as BALLERINA when it opened here […]

ANNABELLE: CREATION topped the box office by a long shot this weekend, grossing $35 million or more than double its production costs. While not every horror film hits a home run (e.g. WISH UPON), they are so comparatively economical to produce, not every one has to be a smash the size of GET OUT or […]

August has traditionally been the slowest month of the summer movie season, though that has changed in recent years. Big hits like the original GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SUICIDE SQUAD aimed to make the latter half of summer just as competitive as June and July. That was clearly what Sony was hoping for with […]

Rotten Tomatoes, the aggregate review site, has been around for years, but it has been in the press quite a bit these past few months. The major studios have been increasingly vocal with their feeling that bad reviews are severely impacting box office. While a bad review from one critic is usually nothing to get […]

Christopher Nolan’s technically magnificent WWII feature DUNKIRK held on to the top spot for a second weekend, one of the lightest in memory in terms of attendance. The Warner Brothers release added another $28.1 million, which was enough to best Sony Animation’s THE EMOJI MOVIE. Burdened with some of the most vehemently negative reviews in […]

While Christopher Nolan has a solid track record of hits, that was no guarantee that DUNKIRK would also score. Based on an event far more celebrated in England than America, and offering no marquee stars, the $150 million production could have turned out to be an expensive bust. However, the film scored a solid $50.5 […]

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, the latest saga in Fox’s rebooted Apes franchise, finished first this weekend with $56 million. That certainly does not sound like a bad start, however, it is down about $16 million from the previous installment. Internationally, the film added another $46 million and still has several major markets […]

As I have mentioned in past posts, Hollywood is increasingly relying on the foreign market to make up the short fall in domestic totals. In the past couple of years, it seems like film after film that has had middling or even downright poor results here has managed to make a profit, thanks to overseas. […]