Chappie Chugs to Championship, Chump Change

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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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SpongeBob Soaks Sniper

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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

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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

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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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Movie Monday: The Hobbit Remains Unbroken

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Despite a challenge from two formidable newcomers, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies once again stood at the summit of the box office’s lonely mountain, presumably hurling taunts down at the movies below. The third Hobbit movie pillaged moviegoers for an estimated $41.4 million in the days following Christmas, bringing its estimated total take to a very […]

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Movie Monday: Exodus Gods and Kings

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Still from Exodus: Gods and Kings

Well, Exodus: Gods and Kings didn’t exactly part the waters. But during a slow December weekend, Ridley Scott’s biblical epic still showed enough Old Testament oomph to reach the top of the box office mountain, chiseling out a less-than-commanding $24.5 million (estimated, of course). How does Exodus stack up with other would-be biblical blockbusters? Well, it […]

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