The narrative going into this weekend was that “Focus” would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was “After Earth,” “Focus” was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in… Continue reading Box Office: Will Smith's Lost 'Focus' and the Oscars Effect
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Why was anyone surprised that “The Equalizer” was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $ 35.0 million?
Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only… Continue reading Box Office: Why 'The Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Is Such a Reliable Hitmaker
Ever since “Twilight,” the studios keep making adaptations of Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic-future novel series, but for every “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” that scores, there are several that fail (“Percy Jackson,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Mortal Instruments,” “The Giver”). This weekend’s “The Maze Runner,” however, seems to have figured out a way to beat the curse, as it debuted at No. 1… Continue reading Box Office: How Did 'The Maze Runner' Break the YA Curse?
“The Identical” was the only new wide release movie opening this weekend, so, in the absence of competition, why didn’t it do better?
The faith-based film, which follows such recent Christian-marketed hits as “Son of God,” “God’s Not Dead,” and “Heaven Is for Real,” opened on 1,956 screens and featured such brand-name actors as Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd… Continue reading Box Office: What's Behind the Celestial Failure of 'The Identical'?
Judging by the pre-release hype, you’d think “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was a long- and eagerly-awaited sequel, a comic book movie for connoisseurs, whose all-star cast, eye-popping visuals, and violent action would make it the summer’s last blockbuster. Given that the original opened at $ 29.1 million in 2005 dollars… Continue reading Box Office: Why Did 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Tank?