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The battle between Marvel and DC was fought in the aisles of comic book stores and in the minds of fans for decades. In the past decade it has moved to the movie screen and box office. And despite being a relative newcomer to the movie business, Marvel isn’t just trouncing DC in the world-building department. The company is winning at the box office, too. (These things may be related.)

Below, check out a chart that graphs the global box-office performance of major features by Marvel Studios and DC movies produced through Warner Bros. over the past decade. Read More »

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The Lone Ranger

After months of trailers, TV spots, posters, and other marketing for The Lone Ranger, it’s easy to forget the movie almost never happened at all. Back in 2011, Disney slammed the brakes over concerns about its over-$250 million budget, and decided to move forward only after director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer trimmed it down to $215 million.

As it turns out, though, even that lower figure wasn’t enough to put the project in the black. Following a disastrous opening weekend, Disney stands to lose up to $150 million on The Lone Ranger. That’s not quite as rough as the $200 million lost by John Carter in 2011, but it’s pretty crappy. Hit the jump for more on what happened.

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Google Search

Your e-mails, your searches, your browsing, these days almost all of it done through Google. That means there’s basically nothing the giant company doesn’t know about you and the people around you. It also kind of means they know everything about everything which, according to a new study, relates directly to box office.

Google has released a study that says, by analyzing searches for movie trailers and the prevalence of a franchise on the Internet, they can predict the potential box office of any movie with up to 94% accuracy. And that’s just one of the many revelations the company has made using your data to look at Hollywood. Read More »

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Briefly: Tony Stark has defeated the Iron Monger, Whiplash and now he’s beaten Harry Potter, Jack Sparrow and Batman, too. Iron Man 3 opened this weekend with a whopping $175.3 million box-office take, the second best opening weekend of all-time. The only film Stark couldn’t beat? His own. 2012′s The Avengers remains the all-time record holder with $207.4 million from Friday to Sunday.

What’s even more impressive about the Shane Black-directed film? As it opened internationally a week prior to the US opening, Iron Man 3 has now grossed $680 million globally in its first week, outgrossing the entire run of both Iron Man ($585.2) and Iron Man 2 ($623.9 million).

The only questions now are, can Iron Man 3 combine the grosses of 1 and 2? Which other summer movie could topple it, if any? And will there be an Iron Man 4? [Box Office Mojo]

2013 Summer Wager

Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.

Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.

We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists. Read More »

A simple tweet expressing my love for Rise of the Guardians was a pretty good indicator the film was going to struggle. I loved the film, likening its action-packed team up idea to The Avengers, but the backlash against the movie was immediate. Critics, for the most part, liked the movie — it sports a solid 74% on Rotten Tomatoes — but with strong competition at the box office for all quadrants, and no real word of mouth, the film flopped. The animated film, produced by Guillermo Del Toro with a reported budget of $145 million, opened at number four with just under $24 million. For most movies, that would be great, but not so much for a 3D family-oriented animated film.

Early reports now state DreamWorks Animation is braced to lose a massive $50 million on the film, putting their upcoming slate in hot water. Is this a sign of things to come? Read more after the jump. Read More »

Infographic: Hollywood’s Waning Creativity

Short of the Week compiled an infographic showing the changing landscape of the highest grossing films over the last thirty years, with the focus on how Hollywood (and the American public spending all this money at the ticket counters) have given up on original ideas. This should come as no surprise to anyone.

But lets not kid ourselves into thinking this is a problem isolated only to the big Hollywood blockbusters. In 2009, we published a column about how only eight best picture nominees from that decades were not based on previous works (be it remakes, sequels, adaptations, biographical). But I think the infographic is a fun way to see it visualized. Check it out after the jump.

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The word “comforting” comes to mind when you realize a new Paul Thomas Anderson movie can set box office records. His latest film, The Master, opened this past weekend in five theaters and grossed $736,311 for a per-screen average of $147,262. That’s the highest per-screen average ever for a live-action film with a traditional release. (More on that below.) To put it in a little perspective, when The Avengers shattered the all-time opening weekend record in May grossing over $207 million, it was on over 4,300 screens for an average of $47,698. The Master tripled that.

After the jump, read more about this record. Read More »

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