The box office tracking numbers have arrived, and M. Night Shyamalan‘s new superhero sequel Glass could end up having the highest-grossing opening weekend of any of his films thus far. Meanwhile, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is currently on track for an opening somewhere between $45-$55 million in its first weekend, a significant drop from $69 million the original movie pulled in during that stretch. Get more details below.
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Aquaman has only been in theaters around the world for over a month, but the blockbuster comic book movie has already crossed the $1 billion mark. It’s the first DC Extended Universe movie to reach that box office milestone, and it’s only the 37th film in history to cross that threshold. Who would have thought it would be DC’s most mocked superhero making this achievement?
However, even though Aquaman now has over $1.02 billion for its worldwide box office haul, the past weekend’s domestic haul of $17.6 million wasn’t enough to take the top spot. Instead, The Upside starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston exceeded analysts expectations by earning $19.59 million and landing at the top of the charts, dethroning the King of Atlantis. Read More »
Christmas is over, but Illumination Entertainment’s new take on Dr. Seuss’ classic story How the Grinch Stole Christmas has proven to have some impressively long legs at the box office. In fact, The Grinch box office has passed the $500 million mark at the global box office, making Universal’s holiday hit the highest grossing Christmas movie of all-time. Read More »
It’s official: Aquaman is now the champion of the DCEU. A few years ago, if you had told me a movie starring Aquaman would outgross one featuring Batman and Superman, I might have laughed. But things change, and audiences can’t seem to get enough of James Wan‘s underwater hero. The Warner Bros. flick remained at the top of the box office for a third weekend in a row, with Escape Room coming in a distant second.
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The final weekend of 2018 came and went, and Aquaman continued to sit at the top of the box office. January tends to be a dumping ground for studios, so it’s unlikely that James Wan’s submerged superhero will be washed away anytime soon – unless audiences really get a craving for Escape Room. The rest of the weekend box office remained predictable: Mary Poppins Returns held on at second, and Bumblebee is stuck at third. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018 by David Chen
2018 will be remembered as the year the movies didn’t die. After years of stagnation, the U.S. domestic box office actually showed a solid performance, raking in an estimated $11.8 billion, a significant increase over the $10.6 billion it made in 2017. Movies decisively demonstrated that they are still relevant by continuing to become memes, topics of water cooler conversation, and cultural touchstones. People are occasionally putting away their smartphones and leaving their home theater setups to actually go to the movies again.
The year was full of notable moments and trends. Continuing Hollywood’s gravitation towards reliable IP, pretty much all of the top 10 films of 2018 are sequels or titles that are based on existing properties. The strong performance of Aquaman showed that the DCEU film franchise is far from over (despite what the mediocre performance of Justice League might have you believe), while The Grinch‘s huge box office take reveals that there are some stories that people will always turn out for in theaters.
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It’s still a few weeks away from release, but early Glass box office tracking indicates M. Night Shyamalan‘s climb back to the top is holding strong. The thriller, which serves as a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, is expected to haul in around $50 million when it opens January 18, kicking-off the MLK weekend. If this turns out to be accurate, it would give Glass the second-biggest MLK weekend opening ever.
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Robert Zemeckis and Steve Carell attempted to welcome audiences to Marwen over the holiday weekend, and audiences replied: “Thanks, but no thanks.” As holiday box office results reveal, Welcome To Marwen is on track to be one of the biggest box office bombs of 2018. The dramedy, which features a bunch of creepy CGI dolls, will have some company at the bottom of the box office heap. Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced YA adaptation about cities on wheels, is set to lose more than $120 million.
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This has been the year of Marvel Comics at the box office, and not just because of the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Beyond the success of Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp, movies like Deadpool 2 and Venom have raked in a lot of dough as well, and now one more has landed on top of the box office.
Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse debuted in theaters this past weekend, and while it didn’t light the box office on fire, that didn’t stop it from setting the record for the largest three-day animated opening weekend of all time for the month of December with $35.4 million. It just barely beat out Illumination Entertainment’s Sing, which previously earned $35.2 million back in 2016. But how did the rest of the box office do? Read More »