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Box Office: 'Sherlock,' 'Chipmunks' sequels underperform [Video]

December 19, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Sherlock Holmes was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
There wasn't much holiday cheer at the box office this weekend, as two big-budget sequels came in far below industry expectations.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" was the No. 1 film with about $40 million in ticket sales, far short of the $62.9 million the first film raked in back in 2009 -- though the original did open over the busier Christmas weekend. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," the third picture in the animated series, also fell short of its predecessors, with around $23.5 million. The previous two installments each collected more than $40 million on their first weekends in theaters.

One bright spot was the performance of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," the fourth Tom Cruise action flick, which Paramount Pictures previewed on more than 400 Imax and large-format screens. In limited release, the film grossed $13 million -- a tally that may have been boosted by a six-minute prologue to next summer's "The Dark Knight Rises," which played in front of the movie in some locations.

What do this weekend's numbers mean for the holiday season at the box office? Check out this week's box office video report for details.


Photos: Top 10 movies at the box office

A 'Batman' bounce for 'Mission: Impossible'

A weak weekend for 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Chipmunks'

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: Noomi Rapace stars with Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." Credit: Warner Bros.

Box Office: Slump hits 2011 low as new films disappoint [Video]

December 12, 2011 | 12:50 pm

New Year's Eve was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
"New Year's Eve" dropped the ball at the box office this weekend, as the star-studded romantic comedy sold a disappointing number of tickets upon its debut.

The Garry Marshall-directed flick, which features nearly two-dozen big-name celebrities including Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi and Katherine Heigl, only raked in a studio-estimated $13.7 million over the weekend. The film follows in the vein of the 2010 hit "Valentine's Day" but may not reach the $110-million sum that movie brought in last year.

Jonah Hill's raunchy R-rated comedy "The Sitter" also hit theaters this weekend, bringing in a weak $10 million. Because neither new film could generate major ticket sales, overall weekend receipts were the lowest they've been not only in 2011, but since September 2008. Yikes.

For more on the weekend's dismal sales, check out the latest box-office video report.


Movie Review: 'The Sitter'

Even with 'New Year's Eve,' it's no holiday at box office

Garry Marshall: "New Year's Eve" more than a money grab [Video]

— Amy Kaufman


Photo: Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer star in "New Year's Eve." Credit: Warner Bros.

Box office: Even cute Kermit can't top Lautner, Pattinson [Video]

December 5, 2011 | 12:06 pm

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 was the No 1 film at the box office for the third consecutive weekend
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of "The Muppets" were expected to rule the box office this weekend, but even the cute puppets couldn't prove more alluring than the latest "Twilight" flick.

For the third consecutive weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" was the No. 1 film at the box office. While the film raked in an additional sum of around $17 million, it was otherwise a lackluster weekend at the multiplex. After a slew of new films hit theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday, no movies debuted nationwide this weekend. As a result, it ended up being the second-slowest movie-going weekend of the year.

Still, both the family films "Hugo" and "Arthur Christmas" held up decently, as both films have now grossed around $25 million. But how big can the 3-D movies get? Check out this week's box office video report for more details.


Are fans shunning repeat viewings of 'Breaking Dawn'?

Weekend box office: 'Breaking Dawn' wins slow weekend

Sex addict drama 'Shame' has solid debut despite NC-17 rating

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo:  Ashley Greene, left, Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed star in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Summit Entertainment

Box office: 'Immortals' destroys rivals Sandler, DiCaprio [video]

November 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Immortals was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
For the first time in months, young males showed up to the multiplex in drove this weekend, lured in by the 3-D sword-and-sandals epic "Immortals."

Relativity Media's big-budget bet collected a solid $32 million at the box office this weekend, driven largely by the male audience interested in seeing the action flick. The Tarsem Singh-directed picture delivered the biggest-ever opening for the independent studio -- welcome news, since the movie cost the company about $80 million to produce and roughly $50 million more to market.

Meanwhile, Adam Sandler saw one of his lowest openings ever for a broad commercial comedy with the $26 million start for his cross-dressing  "Jack and Jill." The Clint Eastwood-directed biopic "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, collected a decent $11.5 million on its first weekend in theaters.

For more on the weekend's hits and misses, check out this week's box office video report.


Relativity Media is at a crossroads

Box-office gods smile on 'Immortals'

Do we like Adam Sandler more when his movies are bad?

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Henry Cavill stars in "Immortals." Credit: Relativity Media

Box Office: 'Puss in Boots' pounces on 'Tower Heist' [Video]

November 7, 2011 |  3:55 pm

Puss in Boots was the No 1 film for the second weekend in a row
Heading into the weekend, it was expected that "Tower Heist" would hijack the No. 1 spot at the box office from any rivals.

But the animated 3-D film "Puss in Boots," which debuted in the top position last weekend, maintained a far better than projected hold at the multiplex. Ticket sales for the film dropped only an unprecedented 3% to $33 million, bringing the film's total to $75.5 million in North America, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.

That left the Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller comedy "Tower Heist" in second place with a soft $25.1 million. That was better than the soft $13.1 million "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" started off with. But the so-so results for "Tower Heist" may not be a good omen for Murphy, who is set to host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony in February.

Could this weekend's results be a bellwether for the 2012 Oscar ratings? Watch this week's box office video report for more details.


A long-planned 'Heist'

'Puss in Boots' showcases work by India animators for DreamWorks

'Puss in Boots' steals No. 1 spot at the box office from 'Tower Heist'

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: A scene from "Puss in Boots." Credit: DreamWorks Animation

Box Office: 'Puss in Boots' tramples Timberlake, Depp [Video]

October 31, 2011 |  1:54 pm

Puss in Boots was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend

The animated 3-D film "Puss in Boots" easily climbed to the top of the weekend box office, grossing $34 million. Though that was far more than any other new film collected at the multiplex, the opening was still relatively soft for a movie from DreamWorks Animation. In recent years, the studio's popular family films have typically debuted with at least $40 million in ticket sales.

Meanwhile, it wasn't a great weekend for either Justin Timberlake or Johnny Depp. Singer-turned-actor Timberlake's sci-fi action flick "In Time" collected only a moderate $12 million, prompting questions about his clout as a leading man. And Depp's passion project, "The Rum Diary," flopped. Even the actor's star power couldn't attract moviegoers to the picture, which is based on a novel by Depp's longtime friend, the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

For more on the weekend's hits and misses, check out the latest box-office video report.


'Puss in Boots' walks all over the box-office competition

Should 'In Time' star Justin Timberlake cry himself a river?

Spielberg's 'Tintin' off to a solid start at European box office

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: A scene from "Puss in Boots." Credit: DreamWorks Animation

Box office: 'Paranormal' easy No. 1; Jovovich slams Summit [Video]

October 24, 2011 |  2:21 pm

Paranormal Activity 3 was the top film at the box office this weekend

"Paranormal Activity 3" scared some life back into the box office this weekend, raking in a surprisingly strong $54 million. It was the only film in new release to lure in moviegoers in droves, as both a 3-D version of "The Three Musketeers" and Rowan Atkinson's "Johnny English Reborn" flopped stateside.

On Friday, Milla Jovovich -- who stars in "Musketeers," which was directed by her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson — caused a stir when she took to her Twitter account to slam distributor Summit Entertainment. What did the actress' controversial remarks entail?

Check out this week's box-office video report for the details. 


Can 'Paranormal Activity' out-'Saw' 'Saw'?

Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 3' scares off competition

Olsen twins sis’ ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ off to solid start

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: A scene from "Paranormal Activity 3." Credit: Paramount Pictures

Box office: 'Footloose' just misses No. 1; 'Big Year' flops [Video]

October 17, 2011 |  2:13 pm

The Big Year flopped at the box office this weekend
"Footloose" was expected to top the box office this weekend, but in a somewhat surprising turn of events, "Real Steel" claimed the No. 1 spot again.

For the second weekend in a row, the Hugh Jackman action flick climbed to the top of the charts, grossing $16.3 million, according to Walt Disney Pictures on Monday. A remake of the classic '80s dance flick "Footloose," meanwhile, came up short with $15.6 million.

But arguably the bigger story this weekend was the failure of "The Big Year," 20th Century Fox's comedy starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Despite boasting three top-level comedians, the movie failed to attract audiences and only sold $3.3 million worth of tickets, making it one of the biggest flops of the year.

In this week's box-office video report, I discuss how the "Footloose" remake stacks up to the original, and why "The Big Year" proved to be such a tough sell.


Movie review: 'The Big Year'

'Footloose' star Kenny Wormald on fame and humility

'Real Steel' rules box office ring, 'Footloose' close behind

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: (From left) Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black star in "The Big Year." Credit: 20th Century Fox

Box Office: Clooney no match for Jackman's 'Steel' [Video]

October 10, 2011 | 12:47 pm

The Ides of March took second place at the box office this weekend
George Clooney may be one of the most popular stars in Hollywood, but his latest film was crushed over the weekend at the box office by the action flick "Real Steel."

"Real Steel," which stars Hugh Jackman as a man who trains a futuristic robot how to box, was the weekend's No. 1 film, raking in around $27 million worth of tickets. That was far more than "The Ides of March," which was directed by and stars Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, grossed. The well-reviewed film collected only around $10 million, but had a miniscule budget, compared to that of "Real Steel."

As I discuss in this week's box office video report, Cooney may be one of Hollywood's most popular stars, but his films don't always do blockbuster levels of business.


'Real Steel' is the weekend box office champ

Hugh Jackman sees ‘Real Steel’ as father-son story

'Ides of March': Should Hollywood cut back on political dramas?

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: George Clooney stars in "The Ides of March." Credit: Sony Pictures

Box office: Uplifting, religious films perform strongly [Video]

October 3, 2011 |  2:04 pm

Dolphin Tale was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend"Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film that debuted at No. 3 the weekend of Sept. 23, rose to the top of the box office in its second weekend of release. The movie was one of three holdovers that resonated with audiences this past weekend, including the baseball drama "Moneyball" and a 3-D version of the animated classic "The Lion King."

In a somewhat unusual turn of events, all three older pictures beat out four fresh ones at the box office, including the so-called cancer comedy "50/50" and the costly supernatural thriller "Dream House." Of the new films to hit theaters this weekend, the Christian drama "Courageous" got off to the strongest start. The movie is the latest uplifting flick to catch on with religious audiences, as I explain in this week's box-office video report.


'Dolphin Tale' rises to the top

Hollywood shines a light on the spiritual

Review: 'Courageous,' from Alex Kendrick

-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Nathan Gamble plays with a sea creature in "Dolphin Tale." Credit: Warner Bros.


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