Category Archives: Box Office

Dwayne Johnson`s Film Flops Following His Announcement of a Presidential Run

Failing to come close to studio and industry expectations, Paramount/Skydance’s “Baywatch” was a surprising flop at this weekend’s box office.

With a budget of approximately $68 million, its five-day tally was only $26.6 million, while experts had expected it to haul in $42 million during the same time period.

While the film critic community has panned many projects that still end up performing well at the box office, this did not turn out to be the case for “Baywatch,” which garnered a meager 18 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

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The Art of Storytelling and Box-office Magic

This past summer the major movie studios had to sit by and watch as a series of ill-conceived sequels, reboots, and remakes seriously underperformed at the box office.

Even though some of the more promising reboots, including the gender-swapped “Ghostbusters” and the CGI 3D focused “Ben-Hur,” ended up being a disappointment to the bottom line, it was the performance of sequels that really stung Hollywood executives, so much so that future studio release strategies may take a different course.

During the summer of 2016, fourteen sequels were released, but only 3 of them brought in more revenue than their original predecessors.

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`Pets` Runs Away with the Box Office

Illumination Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Pets” unexpectedly dominated the weekend’s box office.

The comedic 3D computer-animated family film is the latest release from Illumination, the company that delivered the highly successful “Despicable Me” and its big-screen offshoot “Minions.”

With competition typically benefitting a movie hungry public, entertainment’s rising studio is looking more and more like a genuine alternative to animation giant Pixar. With its higher-than-expected $103 million debut weekend, “Pets” managed to dethrone Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” It also took the crown for having the best opening for a non-sequel, non-spin-off animated film, beating the $90 million debut of Pixar’s “Inside Out.”

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Spielberg`s `BFG` Short on Box-office Magic

Disney must have been thinking it would have a big friendly box-office hit on its hands with the timely Fourth of July weekend release of “The BFG.”

Unfortunately for the studio giant, the numbers tell a bit of a different story. “BFG” brought in a modest $19.6 million in box-office revenue over the weekend and $22.2 million for the four day holiday.  Mixed reviews from critics and some unfavorable  comments on  social media sites did not help the movie’s launch. In addition, the family-oriented film has a $140 million production budget to overcome and is likely to end up in the loss column for Disney.

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No Bang at the Box Office for `Independence Day` Sequel

One might think that the ideal time to release a big-budget summer sci-fi film would be the Fourth of July weekend, particularly when the movie itself bears the holiday’s name.

Not so this time around for Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

The much-anticipated flick underwhelmed the North American box office over the past weekend, with a lower-than-expected take of $41.6 million.

In a typical summer season, an alien invasion blockbuster-in-waiting would draw in audiences like a high-powered magnet, attracting with ease those in search of some mindless relief and knock-out fun.

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Bad PR Causes Johnny Depp to Tank at the Box Office

Johnny Depp has had a week no one would envy.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has had to deal with the passing of his mother, the end of his marriage, allegations of physical abuse, and now a bomb at the box office.

Amber Heard, Depp’s wife of the past fifteen months, just filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as grounds to end the marriage. Legal papers were filed three days after the death of Depp’s mother.

The Hollywood couple had met while filming the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary,” were married in a private ceremony in February of 2015, and have no children together.

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Movie Star Clooney Attacks Political Star Trump

Back in March of 2016, George Clooney slammed then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The left-handed swipe came in the form of an email pitch that was sent to supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“If you listen to the loudest voices out there today, you’d think we’re a country that hates Mexicans, hates Muslims, and thinks that committing war crimes is the best way to make America great again,” Clooney wrote.

The actor claimed that “the only thing that would prevent America from being great would be to empower these voices.”

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Rising Tide of `Star Wars: The Force Awakens` Lifts All Films

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is nothing short of an entertainment industry phenom.

“The Force” energized the Christmas movie box office while simultaneously spreading yuletide cheer to its cinematic competitors.

Having debuted a weekend earlier with a worldwide record of $529 million, the J.J. Abrams sequel attained another box-office milestone by reaching a global gross of $1 billion faster than any movie that has ever been made.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Political Opining May Cost Her at the Box Office

Jennifer Lawrence may have alienated a significant portion of her fans and done damage to her brand as well with some ill-advised remarks that she made during a recent interview with Vogue.

The “Hunger Games” star just kicked off a promotional media junket for two upcoming movies in which she holds starring roles.

The films being released in the next two months are a supposed final sequel in the “Hunger Games” franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” and another of director David O. Russell’s award-seeking vehicles, “Joy.”

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Faith-based `War Room` Conquers Box Office

Another faith-based surprise is changing the Hollywood calculus.

With its $11 million weekend, the Christian film “War Room” surpassed all box-office expectations, coming in a close second to the blockbuster hit “Straight Outta Compton”; this despite the fact that “War Room” was only being shown in 1,135 theaters as opposed to some major release competition that was being projected on 2,000 to 3,100 screens. The handwriting was on the wall for the film when the “War Room” tally reached $3.9 million for the combined Thursday and Friday night showings.

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