Moana Hooks Another Win, Spoils Office Christmas Party

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Moana won the weekend’s box office title. No, wait, you can’t stop me! I’ve already written this blog! I can say anything I want here! Anything! Well, within reason, of course. You never know what my editor may want to change. So, given my semi-utter control over this […]

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Moana Sails Past Fantastic Beasts

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Another long Thanksgiving weekend, another Disney princess atop the box office. Three years ago, Disney’s Frozen climbed to the box office dais during the gobble-gob holiday, collecting a cool $67.4 million over the weekend and $93.6 million spanning the full five-day Thanksgiving span. The latter mark was an all-time record, incidentally, and hinted at the […]

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Doctor Strange Wins Again

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It’s autumn, no question. We’re watching football. We’re raking leaves. Some of us may already be basting the Thanksgiving Turducken. But at the movies, it sure looks an awful lot like summer. For the second straight weekend, a Marvel superhero movie—Doctor Strange—stood atop the box office wearing its nifty sentient cape, collecting an estimated $43 […]

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Strange Days at the Box Office

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Never underestimate the drawing power of Benedict Cumberbatch in a cape. Doctor Strange, the latest fringe Marvel character to get his own big movie deal, performed a nifty little magic trick this weekend. His titular movie teleported straight to the top of the box office, conjuring an estimated $85 million into Disney’s already packed coffers. […]

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Boo! Madea Scares Up Another Win

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The theaters were filled with top-flight superstars this weekend: multi-Oscar winner Tom Hanks. Ageless action hero Tom Cruise. Ben Affleck—a guy who, um, directs really, really well. But none had the moxie to best Tyler Perry in drag. For the second straight weekend, Boo! A Madea Halloween took the weekend’s box office crown and daintily […]

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When Madea Scared Jack

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Projections can be scary things. Just ask Jack Reacher. You see, many prognosticators had forecast Tom Cruise’s latest, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, as the prohibitive favorite to win the weekend’s box office battle. But they underestimated the magnetic appeal of a certain moo moo-wearing movie matriarch: Madea. Tyler Perry’s no-nonsense, wisdom-and-vulgarity spouting alter ego startled […]

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Magnificent Seven Shoots to the Top

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A team of fast-talking, sharp-shooting cowboys thundered into dusty, tumbleweed-filled multiplexes across the country—sidling up to the concession stand, demanding popcorn with extra butter and galloping into the sunset with a collective $35 million, according to studio estimates. No one expected less of The Magnificent Seven, a big-budget Western remake headed by the likes of […]

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Sully Soars Again

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Neither birds nor Blair Witch nor Bridget Jones’s Baby could sink Sully. The mustachioed captain and his movie stayed aloft above the box office for the second straight weekend. Not too shabby, considering Sully’s real Miracle on the Hudson flight—from bird strike to touchdown—just lasted 208 seconds. And the crown was never in question. Banking […]

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Don’t Breathe Yawns to Second Victory

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Summertime is movie time. Air-conditioned theaters beckon bored kids into their cozy, popcorn-encrusted confines with the year’s biggest superhero tentpoles, edge-of-your-seat actioners and family-friendly cartoons. But there’s only so much artificially flavored popcorn and Milk Duds we can eat. And given that this year’s summer movie season started in, oh, about March (with Batman v […]

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