Box Office Check-In – Women Represent

Jennifer Lawrence has to be one of the biggest stars in the world right now. $158 million for the opening of Catching Fire. You can say it’s the franchise if you want. At the end of the day, does it really matter? Isn’t that just another way of saying it doesn’t...
Posted On 25 Nov 2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

Only three Best Picture nominees have ever been number one for 3 consecutive weeks, and no black writer/director is among them. This film should hit $100 million without blinking.  Here is how dominance at the box office has helped a film get a Best Picture nod, at the very...
Posted On 02 Sep 2013

The Butler opens at Number One

All of the good word of mouth (sans some critics) has helped The Butler take the number one spot at the box office, very likely dragging people out who don’t go to the movies. There’s Oprah in the best performance she’s ever given (doesn’t get enough...
Posted On 18 Aug 2013

Pacific Rim Lands at Number 3, Sequels Continue Reign

Pacific Rim is a lot better than the box office results of the weekend would have you believe. Articles keep popping up about how fanboys had no impact and Twitter buzz meant nothing because at the end of the weekend, the vile Grownups 2 and Despicable Me 2 beat the wholly...
Posted On 15 Jul 2013

Top Twenty at the Box Office for 2013

How has the year been shaking down in terms of box office numbers?  For the big movies, at the mid-year point, it looks like this (from Box Office Mojo): 1 Iron Man 3 $405,929,319 4,253 2 Man of Steel $263,691,000 4,207 3 Oz The Great and Powerful $234,832,779 3,912 4 Fast &...
Posted On 06 Jul 2013

Box Office – Hope Among the Ruins

I was surprised to see how well Mud has been doing at the box office.  Amid the tent-pole productions, the smaller films aren’t doing badly. They’re doing good enough, I think, to keep hope alive.   Studios have cracked the code – give the people fewer choices...
Posted On 29 May 2013

$51M for Gatsby

Talk about top-heavy box-office. The Great Gatsby has collected $51 million on its opening weekend, coming in 2nd after Iron Man 3 with $72M. On virtually the same number of screens (3500 vs 3300) Gatsby earned 10x more than the closest 3rd place opener Pain and Gain at $5M.
Posted On 12 May 2013

Box Office Check-in – Six Best Picture Nominees Over $100 million

Lincoln – $176 million – 12 Oscar nominations Django Unchained – $156 million – 5 Oscar nominations Les Miserables – $145 million – 8 Oscar nominations Argo – $126 million – 7 Oscar nominations Life of Pi – $109 million (but...
Posted On 17 Feb 2013

Box Office Check-in

As we head into the Directors Guild this Saturday and this race comes to a sputtering close, it’s time to take another look at how the contenders have stacked up so far – in terms of international box office, really the big story is Life of Pi, which has made $525...
Posted On 29 Jan 2013

Oscar and the Hundred Million Dollar Baby

For the first time in, like, forever most of the Oscar frontrunners for Best Picture have either made $100 million or are barreling towards that as we speak. Box office for “adult fare” has been off the charts this year and IS THE STORY of 2012. Any reporter not...
Posted On 06 Jan 2013