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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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`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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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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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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Clooney`s Preachy `Tomorrowland` Tanks at the Box Office


Despite the fact that Disney’s latest film “Tomorrowland” cost $190 million to make, was cleverly marketed, had a coveted Memorial Day weekend release date, and counts among its cast members major A-lister George Clooney, the environmentally correct movie has turned out to be a debut dud.

Falling far short of its Hollywood expectations, the film managed to garner only $33 million in its three-day opening and disappointedly took in a lower than expected $40 million over the four-day holiday span, barely edging out “Pitch Perfect 2” in its second high-note week.

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`American Sniper` Wins in a Box-office Landslide

Clint Eastwood’s, “American Sniper,” has Hollywood insiders in a virtual state of shock.

Eastwood’s directorial masterpiece has picked up six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor. With more than $90 million in box-office revenue over the past weekend and an estimated $105 million take for the four-day Martin Luther King holiday, the film has exceeded expectations while decimating previous ticket sales records.

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Hollywood’s Summer Box-office Catastrophe


In terms of box-office performance, summer 2014 is not exactly turning out to be the blockbuster season Hollywood had been hoping for.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend, which is typically a key revenue generating time period for Hollywood, has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster.

Newly released movies actually brought in 44 percent fewer dollars than they did in last year’s matching time slot, handing the entertainment industry one of the worst Independence Day weekends it has ever experienced.

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