Ralph (and Disney) Win Again


The best thing about Thanksgiving? The leftovers. And this weekend, the same could be said of the box office—at least for the movies in question. With just one new release in theaters (and that one not very prominent), the weekend’s box-office derby featured a veritable cornucopia of reheated cinematic holdovers. Indeed, the whole top five […]

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Culture Clips: Nostalgia Cuts Both Ways


Nostalgia is big business. If it’s been a hit in the last century, whether on the big screen or small, someone in Hollywood is figuring out a way to reboot, repackage or relaunch it. That’s because familiar entertainment properties from the past pack built-in marketing muscle, full of yesteryear’s fond memories. Disney, of course, has […]

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Ralph Breaks the Box Office


Have a nice Thanksgiving, dear reader? Had your fill of turkey? Asking Santa Claus for roomier sweatpants? Well, my friends, you have company. You’re not the only ones who stuffed yourselves over the Thanksgiving weekend. Take Disney, for instance, which cooked Ralph Breaks the Internet for Thanksgiving film feasters. The sly and sweetish animated flick […]

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Grindelwald Grabs Gold


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stole the box-office championship win this weekend, snatched an estimated $62.2 million in North America. (We won’t blame the movie’s notoriously sticky-pawed Niffler, but its presence couldn’t have hurt.) That’s about $13 million less than its predecessor pitchforked into its own monetary barn, but still certainly enough to keep […]

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Halloween Does Its Tricks, Gets Its Treats


Forget the candy corn. Forget the bite-size chocolate bars. Halloween came a-knocking this weekend, and audiences filled its bag with lots of cold, hard cash. Halloween, a direct sequel to that 40-year-old slasher “classic” once again starring Jamie Lee Curtis, knifed its way to an estimated $77.5 million in North America. That would’ve been an […]

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The Clock Strikes No. 1

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Intrepid Plugged In reviewer Bob Hoose said of The House With a Clock in Its Walls, “One can only hope that wise parents are scared away from this freaky flick … long before their kids are.” Nearly $27 million-worth of folks—parents, children and otherwise—ignored Mr. Hoose’s sage advice and went to see this not-so-kid-friendly fright […]

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Closing the Book on a Blockbuster Summer

Blockbuster summer

Sticklers will tell you that the season’s not quite done yet, but we know we’ve closed the book on summer. Certainly the movie industry, which typically begins its summer season in May, has moved on. It’s now in the process of tossing out all of its cinematic afterthoughts, hoping that one or two might strike […]

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