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Spider-Man, Shrek, The Lord of the Rings, Batman, James Bond, Star Wars and Harry Potter all have one thing in common. Their films have grossed less money at the domestic box office than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But then, in looking at things that way, every film series that isn’t Marvel’s has that in common.

This week’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought the domestic gross of the nine films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to $2,463,300,000 and counting. That’s more than the eight Harry Potter films, seven Star Wars films (including The Clone Wars), and 24 James Bond films, making it the highest grossing franchise in American history…not adjusted for inflation. Read more details on the Marvel Cinematic Universe box office below. Read More »

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Frozen highest grossing

Frozen isn’t just a big fat hit for Disney. It’s one of the biggest, fattest hits that ever hitted. As of this weekend, the icy adventure has become the single highest grossing animated film of all time, beating out 2010’s Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to find out just how much money Anna and Elsa have raked in for the Mouse House.

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The answer to the question of what Marvel film would dare challenge Batman vs. Superman has been revealed: It’ll be Captain America 3, directed by the Russo Brothers.  Read More »

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Briefly: Wes Anderson‘s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, set a major box office record this weekend. Playing on just four screens, it grossed $811,166 total. That’s an average of $202,792 per screen, making it the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. The previous record holder was from that other Anderson, Paul Thomas, whose recent film The Master made $147,262 per screen on five screens. (Kevin Smith’s Red State actually grossed $204,230, but with the higher than normal ticket prices for that tour, some tallies account for it differently.)

The film didn’t come close to the all-time per screen average for any film, however. That record is held by Disney’s The Lion King, which grossed $1.59 million on two screens on its opening weekend. The Grand Budapest Hotel expands over the next few weeks. [Variety and Box Office Mojo]

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

There aren’t many who could beat Tony Stark in a fair fight, but Katniss Everdeen is one of them. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has just become the highest-grossing release of 2013, narrowly beating out Iron Man 3. Which is pretty remarkable in itself, but is even more impressive when you consider that it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. Hit the jump for more on Katniss’ box office supremacy.

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Justice League by Alex Ross (header size)

Fanboys who read movie websites aren’t the only ones who realize Marvel is beating DC at the movie theater. A 7th grader was tasked with writing a company for a school project and he chose DC Comics. He wrote that he’s a huge fan of DC’s properties but asks “How does DC plan to compete against Marvel movies when Marvel seemingly dominates the live action superhero movie industry?” Good question, kid!

Here’s the best part. Not only did DC respond, but the company answered his question by discussing distributors and claiming “our movies by far exceed all of Marvel’s in sales.” Read More »

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The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Including multiple, multi-faceted female characters in a film isn’t just good for social, political, or even artistic reasons. In 2013, it was good for the film’s bottom line, too.

In an analysis of the top 50 films of the year, one site found that films that passed the Bechdel test for female representation collectively made more than films that didn’t. And we’re not talking a few bucks more — by their count, those in the former category raked in $1.5 billion more at the U.S. box office. Hit the jump for a colorful infographic showing how the numbers shake out.

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2013 Domestic Box Office Was Biggest Ever

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For all the hand-wringing about the decline of the movie industry, 2013 was actually a pretty good year for movies. In fact, by one measure, it was actually the best year for movies. Ever. In cinema history.

The gross domestic box office take for last year was the highest ever, beating a record set just one year earlier. Hit the jump to see just how much money Hollywood made in 2013.

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Infographic: Top Grossing 2013 Summer Movies

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We’re smack dab in the middle of the Fall movie season and all the big awards contenders are either now playing or opening soon. When the quality of films goes up, and the temperature goes down, the summer movie season starts to feel like a distant memory. These days, you can see films like Iron Man 3, Monsters University and Man of Steel on Blu-ray. My how times have changed.

There were some huge, huge hits over this summer though, as well as some major surprises and huge bombs. A new infographic by the Dish Network, oddly enough, breaks them all down in a colorful, interesting, cool way. Check it out below. Read More »