Cinderella Rakes In $23 Million, Somehow Still a Compelling Fairy Tale

The pretty and fragile victim trope continues to dominate the American box office (Maleficent, Frozen) this time with Cinderella. The Disney movie brought in $23 Million on Friday and is expected to complete the weekend with $70 million. Cinderella's budget was $95 million, so looks like the execs about to get theirs… »3/14/15 6:30pm3/14/15 6:30pm

Lucy Is Slaying Hercules at the Box Office This Weekend

It looks like this weekend, more people preferred to watch a sci-fi thriller with a woman lead over a testosterone-fueled mythical action flick. Or maybe they were just into Scarlett Johansson more than they were into Dwane "The Rock" Johnson. Or maybe it's just unfair to compare the work of Luc Besson to that of »7/26/14 2:37pm7/26/14 2:37pm

Katniss Is the First Woman in 40 Years to Win the Annual Box Office

Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games saga is not actually an experimental art house film about a family arguing over a pizza order as they play an epic game of Monopoly, crossed the $400-million mark at the domestic box office this week. With a domestic haul of $409.4 million, the Jennifer… »1/12/14 12:00pm1/12/14 12:00pm

Catching Fire Is Just Like The Empire Strikes Back, Says Internet

Catching Fire, the vastly superior second installment of the Hunger Games saga, has set a record for November earnings, pulling in around $161.1 million over its opening weekend. That success has Hunger Games fans tingling with joy, so much joy, in fact, that some of them have started comparing Catching Fire to… »11/24/13 4:00pm11/24/13 4:00pm

The Heat Set Fire to a Whole Pile of Moviegoing Money This Weekend

Despite Wall Street Journal movie whisperer Joe Morgenstern fretting that too many big-budget comedies seem to be exploiting the extremely talented Melissa McCarthy, and that, as a result, McCarthy-starring movies may soon be subject to the law of diminishing returns , that time is not yet nigh because everyone a) who… »6/30/13 6:00pm6/30/13 6:00pm

Oz the Great and Powerful Made All the Money This Weekend

Maybe you went to see Oz the Great and Powerful: Don Juan Seduces All the Witches because you found yourself suddenly in the possession of psilocybin mushrooms, a box of wine, and burning desire to see some kick-ass summer movie previews. Maybe you avoided Oz because you heard through the grapevine that it represents… »3/10/13 3:30pm3/10/13 3:30pm

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Plundered the American Moviegoer This Weekend

We're going to play a little game of guess that exorbitant sum of money. Ready? In its opening weekend, Breaking Dawn the Deuce: OMG There's Werewolf Poop Everywhere!, the final installment of the peripatetic Twilight franchise, made a) $100 million, b) $141.3 million, or c) all the money that there is or ever will be… »11/18/12 4:00pm11/18/12 4:00pm

Steve Harvey Book Commercial Think Like a Man Wins the Weekend Box Office

For the first time in four weeks, Hunger Games was not number one at the box office this weekend. That honor went to ridiculous rom-com Think Like a Man, the movie based on a self-help book by Steve Harvey. With an impressive $33 million debut, this movie features some fine actors, black people and white people … »4/23/12 11:40am4/23/12 11:40am

Hunger Games Finally Dethroned by Allegedly Mediocre Romantic Comedy

After a four-week reign as the most popular dystopian YA movie based on a dystopian YA novel in a dystopian era of Hollywood filmmaking, The Hunger Games was trotted out to the box-office public square and unceremoniously beheaded by the generally meh romantic comedy, Think Like a Man, which made $33 million. Maybe it… »4/22/12 4:30pm4/22/12 4:30pm