Paul Walker Furious 7

It’s a Fast and Furious world, we’re just living in it. This past weekend Furious 7, the seventh film in the franchise, set the all-time April U.S. opening weekend box office record with a haul of $143.6 million. That also happens to be the 9th highest opening weekend of all time. Plus, the film grossed another $240 million overseas, for a grand total of $384 million worldwide on opening weekend. It looks to be on track to be the first $1 billion film in the franchise.

One of the many reasons for the large gross was a curiosity over how director James Wan handled the passing of his lead actor, Paul Walker. In our interview with the director, he talked about the decision in detail. Below, you can read that, and see a music video for the song used in the film. And if that’s not enough Fast and Furious for you, there’s even a brand new Fast and Furious 8 rumor. Read it all below. Read More »

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2015 box office

If you haven’t been to the movies much this year, you aren’t alone. So far, Hollywood’s 2015 offerings have been pretty lackluster. Kingsman: The Secret Service and Paddington are rare exceptions amiss a slew of big budget movies that have either been terrible, or that just underperformed terribly. Some examples are Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Strange Magic, Blackhat, Mortdecai and Focus.

But it this different than usual? January and February are traditionally two of the weakest months both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Well, it turns out this year has been historically bad. Pajiba lined up the domestic grosses of the January and February releases, juxtaposed with their rumored budgets, to figure out how much money Hollywood has lost this year. And it’s a lot. Read more about the 2015 box office bombs below. Read More »

American Sniper box office

From August 2014 until January 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy was the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. In November 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released and by late January 2015, it overtook the Marvel film. Then, in December 2014, Warner Bros. opened American Sniper. The first few weekends were above average for limited release numbers but then it opened wide and grossed a staggering $93 million over three days. Since then Clint Eastwood’s film has remained right near the top of the box office every single week. This weekend, it finally surpassed The Hunger Games, making American Sniper the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. Read More »

ultimate marvel marathon

Do you have 27 hours to spare before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters? If so, take a shower, bring a blanket and get ready for the Ultimate Marvel Marathon: a 29 hour, 11 movie marathon that begins at 6pm April 29 with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and goes until around 10pm April 30 with an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. AMC and Regal are each hosting similar events and you can read more below. Read More »

chinese box office

Hollywood is regularly considered the center of the movie universe. American films are made there, and those films not only play within America’s borders, they get shipped all over the world. But as technology gets better and movie tickets more expensive, those tables have been turning. These days, an American film will regularly make more money overseas than it will in the U.S. Of course, that’s one country versus hundreds, but that’s certainly a newer trend.

Until this month though, even if some movies made more money overseas, our monthly box office has always been the highest. The second largest market, China, has done well but never overtaken us. That changed in February 2015 when the U.S. box office grossed $640 million while the Chinese box office took in $650 million. Read More »

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While movie theater attendance was down in 2014 (over 50% cite high prices as the reason), MovieTickets.com is reporting that movie ticket sales for January 2015 is up 37% over January 2014. Whats the reason for the uptick in movie ticket purchases? Find out after the jump.
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top grossing movie of 2014

It was fun while it lasted. But after several months in the top spot, Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer the top grossing movie of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 overtook the Marvel film Wednesday when it passed the $333.17 million Guardians grossed domestically. Adding more fuel to the fire, Mockingjay Part 1 did this without a bump for 3D ticket prices.

Oddly enough, a similar scenario happened in 2013 when Iron Man 3 was the top grossing film of the year into early 2014 when a November release finally surpassed it. That film was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire so it seems like Marvel and Katinss definitely have a beef. At least later this year, when The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 is released, it’ll have to beat more than just Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’ll have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to contend with too. [Box Office Mojo]

Fifty Shades of Grey

The MPAA stamped Fifty Shades of Grey with the expected R rating earlier this month, citing, among other things, “unusual behavior.” But that’s proving more of a turn-on than a turn-off for moviegoers.

Fandango reports Fifty Shades of Grey has just become the fastest-selling R-rated advance ticket in the company’s 15-year history. What are the other R-rated hits it beat to get there? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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Going into the weekend, Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper was expected to handily dominate at the box office. Experts were predicting huge numbers for the film, maybe even north of $70 million. But when the smoke cleared Monday and final estimates came in, the film will have grossed a staggering, record-setting $105.3 million from Friday to Monday ($90.2 over the three day). The previous January champion, Ride Along, grossed only $48.6 million over its first four days. Sniper had doubled it and then some.

In Los Angeles, a city where the film had already been opened for three weeks, there were lines around the block. With a number that big, that was probably the case in almost every other city too. So how did American Sniper do so incredibly well? Read more about the American Sniper opening weekend below. Read More »