Rogue One A Star Wars Story

In many ways, Rogue One is different from all the other Star Wars movies. It’s the first spinoff, centered on a bunch of characters we’ve never heard of before and may never hear about again. It’s the first without an opening crawl and the first without a John Williams score. It’s described as a “darker” affair, more akin to a war drama than a lively space adventure.

But one way Rogue One is like every other Star Wars movie before it? It’s expected to make tons and tons of money. Early Rogue One box office tracking suggests it’ll open to about $130 million domestically, which would make it the second-highest December debut of all time — behind The Force Awakens, of course.  Read More »

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Tracking for $75 Million Debut

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Theme

It’s rare for a school textbook to serve as the basis of a box office hit, but when the school in question is Hogwarts and the textbook promises to reveal everything you’ve ever wanted to know about magical creatures, well, the usual rules go flying out the window. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is reportedly on track to open at around $75 million in the U.S., getting the first Harry Potter spinoff off to a promising beginning.  Read More »

Doctor Strange box office tracking

Eight years and over a dozen films in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about as reliable as movie franchises get. They’re very often among the top grossers of the year, and reliably draw positive reactions from critics, hardcore fans, and casual moviegoers alike. At this point, you’d have to be a fool to bet against them.

Still, Doctor Strange presents a bigger challenge than many Marvel films. It’s not a sequel, but an all-new adventure, featuring characters who are largely unknown to the general population. Can Doctor Strange keep Marvel’s winning streak going, or will it be their first stumble? We’ll find out for sure in a couple of weeks, but for now we’re happy to report that early tracking suggests Doctor Strange will be just fine. At the very least it’s likely to top Ant-Man, the last new superhero to come out of the MCU.  Read More »

Finding Dory

David Chen, Jeff Cannata, Peter Sciretta, and Germain Lussier reconvene to discuss the results of their 2016 box office summer movie wager results. Did Peter take it all by betting his money on Finding Dory over Captain America: Civil War? Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Monster Trucks Box Office

All the major studios are having conference calls and meetings with their investors this week to talk about the upcoming fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Disney downplayed the expectations of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story a bit; Netflix talked about eventually having 50% of their library made up of original programming, and now Paramount Pictures has delivered some troubling but unsurprising news about one of their upcoming projects.

The family friendly action adventure movie Monster Trucks is projected to lose Paramount Pictures around $115 million. The movie doesn’t even hit theaters until January 13, 2017 and the studio is already expecting it to hit the box office below initial expectations. Find out more about Monster Trucks box office predictions after the jump. Read More »

fifty shades darker bears star wars

Earlier this week, Universal released the trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter in the Fifty Shades franchise. When the first film was released in 2015, it hit at the exact right time to capitalize on the success of the book series. I had always assumed that the excitement for the series would die down. I could never have anticipated that the sequel trailer would beat out Star Wars: the Force Awakens to become the most-viewed trailer in the first 24 hours of release. Find out how many more views Fifty Shades Darker beats Star Wars by, after the jump.

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Ben-Hur will be Summer 2016's Biggest Box Office Bomb

Summer 2016 has seen a fair share of box office disappointments and bombs, but the biggest loser is Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of Ben-Hur which will see a projected loss of over $120 million. Learn more about the biggest money losers of this summer, after the jump.
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Chinese Audiences Are Getting Mad About 3D Gouging

Jason Bourne 3D China release

As the international box office and especially the Chinese box office becomes ever more important to Hollywood’s bottom line, studios and filmmakers have been bending over backward to find ways to pump more money out of overseas audiences. That could mean moving a shoot’s location or teaming with homegrown talents or companies; other times it might take the form of region-specific Easter eggs or additional scenes. And sometimes it’s a matter of charging more for admission by cranking out a 3D conversion.

But that latter strategy can backfire, as Universal Pictures has now learned. Earlier this week the studio released Jason Bourne in 3D in China, and while initial figures were good, audiences are apparently none too pleased with the film. If you guessed that it’s because 3D and shakycam make for a literally nauseating combination, congratulations, you’re already one step ahead of the studio.  Read More »

China Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The reaction to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in China is apparently mixed. So who is the world’s second-largest film market not excited for this new Star Wars movie?

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Suicide Squad box office

Suicide Squad might be a mess of a film, bashed by critics and fans alike, but that hasn’t stopped moviegoers from buying tickets opening weekend. David Ayer‘s comic book adaptation had a huge opening weekend, earning a massive $135 million domestically, shattering the previous August US box office record (Guardians of the Galaxy has held the crown for two years with its $94.3 million opening in 2014). The film has also grossed over $267 million worldwide, but it will need three times that to break even. If the movie’s Saturday numbers are any indication, the bad word-of-mouth buzz for this film will only result in dramatic diminishing returns in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at the Suicide Squad box office, after the jump.

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