Insurgent Conquers Box Office

In the Divergent franchise, people typically fill one of five primary factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. But this weekend, another faction was in play—one that changed everything: Opulent. OK, so technically Tris, Four et al are members of the Divergent faction (which makes sense, given the name of the series and all). But […]

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Chappie Chugs to Championship, Chump Change

Chappie, Neill Blomkamp’s emotional robot, learned another particularly human lesson this weekend: What it feels like to win for losing. While Chappie took the weekend’s box office crown, it did so in the most dispiriting way possible, collecting a tiny $13.3 million (estimated, of course) in a super-slow weekend at the Megaplex. Why, that’s barely […]

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Focus on the Box Office

There was a time that someone could’ve filmed Will Smith eating breakfast, put the footage in theaters and made a cool $100 mil. And while Smith’s star has dimmed a bit since, the guy can still help carry a movie to No. 1. Granted, Smith’s caper flick Focus earned just an estimated $19.1 million—not exactly […]

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Fifty Shades of Green

We’ve seen quite a bit of discussion in this space over whether Plugged In should’ve reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey. But there’s no question that lots of people watched it. Fifty Shades roared to the top of the box office this weekend with an estimated $81.7 million haul. That’s the second-biggest opening ever for a […]

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SpongeBob Soaks Sniper

Are you ready for Movie Monday, kids? I can’t heeear you! After three weeks as the biggest movie in the land, American Sniper just couldn’t get his absorbent, yellow opponent in its crosshairs. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water indeed established a beachhead on the box office shores and charged up the cinematic mountain, […]

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Movie Monday: Sniper Shoots Three-peat

Super Bowl? What Super Bowl? Despite a clash of gridiron titans Sunday, many Americans still found time to watch American Sniper. Again. Clint Eastwood’s war biopic collected an estimated $31.9 million, breaking the previous Super Bowl weekend record set in 2008 by Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert ($31.1 million). So dominant […]

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Movie Monday: Taken 3

Promotional still for Taken 3

Movie audiences apparently aren’t as tired of being Taken as all of us movie critics are. Liam Neeson’s third PG-13 patriarchal vengeance fantasy took in an estimated $40.4 million over the weekend, despite the fact that it had barely climbed out of the single digits to a 12% approval rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. In my review of […]

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