Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides passes $1B

Yesterday someone somewhere bought a ticket for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and pushed it past the $1 Billion mark in worldwide box-office earnings. It’s now the 8th film in history to gross over $1 Billion and the second film in the Pirate series to do so....
Posted On 03 Jul 2011

Tree of Life: Uniquely Visionary – No Refunds!

“Comprehension is not a prerequisite of cooperation.” ~ The Matrix From the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, via @NextProjection on Twitter. Don’t let your mouth write checks your ass can’t cash Don’t take your ass to movies your head...
Posted On 24 Jun 2011

$37 mil weekend for Super 8

Super 8 ticked up above most estimates to earn $37 million its opening weekend. Deadline notes that District 9 pulled in a nearly identical sum of 37.3 mil in 2009. Some may say, sure, but District 9 was rightly famous for the bang-for-the-buck Neill Blomkamp achieved with a...
Posted On 12 Jun 2011

Weak 'Film Pulse' sad symptom of blockbuster mentality

Very Small Array charts a steady 50-year decline in the quality of films moviegoers want to see most. Steepest nosedive occurs at the end of the 1970′s when the American New Wave suffered a backlash, studios pulled the plug on rebel directors, a decade of film-schooled...
Posted On 20 Apr 2011

The King’s Speech, True Grit and Black Swan – Box Office Stories of 2010

The King’s Speech is making a boatload of cash at the box office. According to Pete Hammond, the film is so gangbusters in the UK it is as big as Avatar was last year. It is hitting big not just with the Brits but over here as well. It’s already up to $77 mil and...
Posted On 31 Jan 2011

Best Picture Box-Office Update

Adding up the weekend box-office estimates for the top Best Picture contenders, we find True Grit vaulting into 3rd place with a long trail ahead yet to ride. (Run, Little Blackie, run!) Wasn’t expecting too many surprises when I drew up a chart for the most successful BP...
Posted On 16 Jan 2011

True Grit gallops toward $100 mil

Friday’s box-office numbers for True Grit tipped it into the #1 spot, and Deadline says the final tally for New Year’s Weekend has the Coen brothers’ biggest opener nearly tied for the top spot with Fockers 3.¬† Perhaps the most interesting stat is True...
Posted On 02 Jan 2011

Oscar 2010′s Box Office Champs

It is time to once again take stock of the big money makers so far this year. Why does it matter? Because it does. Looking back through Oscar history and it’s clear that if there is one commonality, it’s that popular films that are also well-reviewed tend to do well...
Posted On 28 Nov 2010

Box Office Finals – The Social Network Wins the Weekend

Here are the studio grosses from Boxoffice.com. Poor Secretariat. I don’t know what happened there. To me it seemed like a no-brainer. We can put the stories about Social Network not doing well at the box office to bed, I think. It might lose out next weekend, but two...
Posted On 10 Oct 2010

The Social Network status holds steady at #1

If these numbers stick the estimates from late last night show The Social Network has edged ahead of Life As We Know It to win the weekend box-office race by a nose. Secretariat pulls a 3rd place. Updated figures from Deadline (subject to adjustment) – these are the same...
Posted On 10 Oct 2010