Avengers: Age of Ultron Zooms to Financial Stratosphere

Yeah, you know your movie is saddled with some superhuman expectations when $188 million draws a collective “meh.” That’s the bittersweet fate of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The superhero movie zoomed to a massive $187.7 million opening (estimated, of course)—the second biggest opening ever. And to be clear, no one’s crying over Ultron’s box office […]

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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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