Labor Day weekend 2012 marked three major box office milestones. After the jump read about the following.

  • Marvel’s The Avengers passed $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, the 3rd film ever to do so.
  • The Dark Knight Rises crossed $1 billion worldwide, beatings its predecessor, The Dark Knight.
  • Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure was the worst wide opening in box office history.

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No matter which way you cut it, Batman means blockbuster. The theatrical phenomenon began in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman, which grossed $251 million and spawned three sequels. Then, in 2005, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins grossed $205 million and spawned two sequels, The Dark Knight ($533 million) and The Dark Knight Rises, which is at $413 million and climbing.

However, in 1989, the average price of an American movie tickets was about $4 and now, in 2012, it’s doubled to around $8. Do some simple math and you see that Burton’s film has, so far, sold around 12 million more tickets than Nolan’s latest movie. (To be fair, Rises is far from done at the box office and will likely drop that number to around 10 million when it’s done.) Also, to Nolan’s credit, 2008′s The Dark Knight sold about 12 million more tickets than Burton’s movie.

What other interesting conclusions can be made when you adjust grosses for inflation or look at number of tickets sold? Find out after the jump. Read More »

When most people think of the drive-in movie theater, they romance the endangered communal movie experience with thoughts of young love, starry skies, cool breeze and fresh popcorn. As someone who grew up in southern New York and had not one, but several, drive-in theaters to choose from in my formative years, I can safely say all that’s great, but the best thing about drive-ins is the double feature.

At the drive-in, studios regularly pair their latest and greatest offering with something that’s just a little bit older, giving an added incentive for families to come out to the movies. That’s exactly what Disney did the past two weeks with their mega-hit, The Avengers. They paired it with their last film, the disappointing John Carter, and even with the small number of drive-ins remaining in America, the success of the former has led to a minor resurgence for the latter. After the jump, read how teaming up with The Avengers has been great news for John Carter. Read More »

Take a seat Harry Potter. Step back Batman. Put away that arrow Katniss. There’s a new king of the box office world and it’s a throne shared by several superheroes. Early reports say Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers will end the weekend grossing $200.3 million, setting the all-time opening weekend domestic box office record by a large margin. It crushed the previous record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 by almost $30 million thanks in part to the second biggest Friday gross of all time (behind Potter) and the biggest Saturday gross of all time. The film is the fastest to ever reach $200 million and has made almost $650 million internationally in its first 12 days of release.

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Its that time of year again — our friends at the Totally Rad Show have thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with them in their annual Summer Movie Wager. I’m once again in the hot seat giving my predictions next to TRS hosts Dan Trachtenberg, Alex Albrecht, and Jeff Cannata, while /Film’s Germain Lussier has filled out his own write-in predictions included after the jump. It will be a free for all, the person with the best score wins.

The game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions

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There was so much talk of John Carter‘s budget before the film was released that, after not winning its opening weekend and dropping 55% in its second weekend, Disney is already doing damage control. Despite the fact that Andrew Stanton‘s film has made almost $200 million internationally since its release, Disney just released a pre-emptive strike admitting the film will likely equate to a lost of about $200 million for the company. Read the statement and more below. Read More »

When Tron: Legacy was released, there was a lot of talk about if the film was profitable enough to make a sequel. The film reportedly cost $170 million and grossed $400 million worldwide which, on paper, seems like a home run. But factor in marketing costs, among other things, and it’s far from that. The proof is in the pudding. Though there have been rumors and writers attached to a sequel, nothing official has been announced almost a year later.

Disney has similar gamble coming up with John Carter, Andrew Stanton‘s first foray into live-action which is reportedly sporting a $250 million production budget. Reactions to the trailer and new footage have run the gamut between disdain and enthusiasm which is bad considering, according to a new article, it’ll have to pull in $700 million for Disney to justify a sequel. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Whenever something like Paul Blart: Mall Cop grosses $31 million in its opening weekend despite the disapproval of critics, a slew of articles and blog posts come out wondering whether movie writers are out of touch with the general public. But this weekend, at least, the average filmgoer and the average critic seemed united in their near-universal disdain for both the porn “comedy” Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and the indie horror Creature.

Bucky Larson earned an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and averaged just over eight moviegoers per showing. Meanwhile, Creature, which received just 2 positive reviews out of the 18 counted on Rotten Tomatoes, managed to achieve the worst-ever opening for a film showing on more than 1,500 screens. Read more after the jump.

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