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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Movie Monday: The Hobbit Remains Unbroken

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

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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