Les Mis Sets Box Office Record, Zero Dark Thirty HUGE, Lincoln hits $120 mil

Wowzer for all three of these box office stories. The first, Les Miserables hits $18 mil for its opening. That makes it the second highest opener on Christmas, behind Sherlock Holmes and the highest grossing opener for a musical ever. Django Unchained, in more theaters, came out...
Posted On 26 Dec 2012

10 highest-grossing Christmas movies ever

Since Christmas falls on Tuesday this year, the usual sources of box-office savvy have been more cautious with forthcoming weekend predictions and it’s not easy to find estimates for the weeklong haul. Nikki Finke is down sick (get well soon!) so we don’t have the...
Posted On 25 Dec 2012

Box Office Check-In, Lincoln Takes the Lead of the Oscar Contenders

This past weekend Lincoln increased its theater count and as a result passed Argo to become 2012′s highest grossing of the Oscar contenders so far. Still to come, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. The Hobbit broke box office records in its opening, and...
Posted On 16 Dec 2012

Argo Passes $100 Million, Lincoln Makes $85 million in 4 Weeks

The Oscar best picture race has lit up the box office this season, something that hardly ever happens. The reason is that the domestic films this year out of the major studios have all been good.  Four movies upcoming with all probably be, at the very least, $100 million babies:...
Posted On 02 Dec 2012

Weekend Box Office – Word of Mouth Drives Argo to #1, Cloud Atlas Hanging In

Argo isn’t just a Best Picture frontrunner amid the Oscar pundit circles; it is that rare word of mouth film that people “out there in the world” are talking about. Why, because it delivers in so many different ways. It doesn’t hurt that we are in the...
Posted On 28 Oct 2012

The Hunger Games pulls in $155M; $214M worldwide.

The Hunger Games opening weekend tally adds up to $155M domestic + $58.7M international for a total of $213.7M worldwide. Third biggest opening of all time. Deadline digs into the marketing strategy: What made Lionsgate’s promotional campaign for The Hunger Games so unusual and...
Posted On 25 Mar 2012

A Quick Look at Box Office

As we head into the Producers Guild tomorrow, it’s a good time to look at how our contenders, or those we think will be contenders, or might be contenders, or who could be contenders are faring in this Oscar season. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will become the highest...
Posted On 20 Jan 2012

Top-ranked films of 2011: box-office & critics chart

Ziyad Abul Hawa has done another spectacular job crunching the numbers to rank the year’s top movies up through the final weeks of summer.
Posted On 01 Oct 2011

The Help reigns #1 at box-office for 3rd week

DreamWorks/Disney holds tight to the #1 spot at the box-office as The Help cleans up for the 3rd week in a row. An estimated $18 million for the 4-Day Holiday Weekend and a total of $122 mil in one month. There’s a pre-order page already up on Amazon for the anticipated...
Posted On 04 Sep 2011

Deathly Hallows 2 sets midnight record of $43.5M

Shame the Harry Potter series is ending just when it’s beginning to catch on. Deadline is reporting an astonishing haul of $43.5 million from midnight screenings, a healthy head-start on what’s shaping up to be a $180 million weekend in the US alone. Domestically, $45...
Posted On 15 Jul 2011