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Despite mixed, or sometimes even poor, reviews, McCarthy has had a string of five box-office hits in a row, and ‘The Boss’ and the upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ are expected to extend that run. Loud, brash and usually R-rated, Melissa McCarthy comedies have, over the past five years, become a surefire box-office attraction — and while her newest film, The Boss, may ultimately prove to be one of her lesser efforts, it’s still part of a box-office streak that most other stars can only envy. Since McCarthy,...

7:24 AM PDT 4/8/2016 by Rebecca Ford ‘Batman v. Superman’ is seeing a 55 percent drop in its third weekend, but should slide in just above the Universal comedy; STX’s first-person shooter ‘Hardcore Henry’ debuting lower-then-expected. Going into the weekend, it was expected that Batman v Superman would easily hold the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row, but Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss is giving the superhero film a run for its money as BvS drops a steeper-than-expected 55 percent over the...

11:06 AM PDT 3/30/2016 by Pamela McClintock ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Courtesy of Warner Bros. The superhero smackdown stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice flew past the $500 million mark at the global box office on Tuesday, a milestone few films have accomplished in less than a week in release. The superhero smackdown, teaming Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) on the big screen for the first time, has grossed $193.3 million in North America...

Holy box office! The industry’s latest trend isn’t a sequel or reboot, it’s a hybrid engineered to capture nostalgia and launch a new (and lucrative) film universe. Hollywood’s done the remakes, boots, prequels and three­quels. The latest obsession: the “requel,” a movie that’s both a reboot and a sequel, blending old with new in an effort to extend the life of a franchise and, in the best cases, reinvent it for a “universe” of follow-up movies. When it works, it’s a potent...

2:36 PM PDT 3/23/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov And that’s for any film, not just an animated title. Disney’s animated tentpole Zootopia stayed at the top of the Russian box office for the third consecutive weekend, becoming the No. 1 title of the year thus far and the No. 5 release of all time in Russia with $24.9 million to date. The pic grossed $3.1 million in its third outing. The four top-grossing films of all time in Russia are Avatar ($119.9 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($63.7 million), Stalingrad...

Sony’s $60 million-plus comedy opens to a dismal $3.2 million in North America, a career-low for the British actor and comedian. If Sacha Baron Cohen knew his latest film, The Brothers Grimsby, was in trouble, he certainly didn’t let on in the weeks leading up to the film’s release. The famous and indefatigable British prankster showed up at the Oscars as his signature character, Ali G, to riff on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and held a friends and family screening with Kim Kardashian, a clip of which she promptly posted...

10:24 AM PST 3/12/2016 by Pamela McClintock The Disney animated title remains a powerhouse across the globe, crossing the $300 million mark on Friday. Zootopia continues to dazzle in China. On its second Saturday, the movie roared to $25 million, the biggest single-day gross ever for an animated film (that compares to $10.6 million on its first Saturday). Zootopia has quickly passed Big Hero 6 to become the top-grossing title ever from Disney Animation Studios with $89 million, a feat achieved after only nine days in release in the...

4:24 PM PST 3/9/2016 by Pamela McClintock The period Civil War drama is pushing back its release date to take advantage of the July Fourth holiday corridor. Gary Ross’ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, is pushing back its release in theaters from May 13 to June 24. In its new home, Free State of Jones will be able to take advantage of the July Fourth holiday corridor, according to SXT Entertainment. It also gets out of the way of Captain America: Civil War, which debuts May 6. Conversely,...

2:38 PM PST 3/9/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov Disney’s animated family film easily came in No. 1. Disney’s animated tentpole Zootopia cashed in on Russians’ love for family animation, topping the weekend and setting a record for the biggest Disney Animation or Pixar bow ever in the market. Zootopia grossed $7.9 million in its opening weekend. Animated films, both local and foreign, have traditionally done well at the box office in Russia. In 2015, Minions was the country’s top-grossing movie, while two more animated...

8:10 PM PST 3/8/2016 by Pamela McClintock ‘The Perfect Match’ and ‘The Young Messiah’ also open nationwide, while Disney Animation’s ‘Zootopia’ should have no trouble staying at No. 1 in its second weekend. The J.J. Abrams-produced 10 Cloverfield Lane — his “spiritual successor” to found-footage monster pic Cloverfield — looks to devour Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy, The Brothers Grimsby, at the multiplex this weekend. 10 Cloverfield has a shot at crossing...

8:36 AM PST 3/8/2016 by Alex Ritman ‘Hail, Ceasar!’ claims second place while ‘Deadpool,’ despite losing its crown, becomes the sixth most successful superhero film in the U.K. After a three-week stint at the top of the U.K. box office, Marvel’s raunchy action-comedy Deadpool has finally been dethroned. British audiences instead turned to a film in which famous landmarks in their own capital city get blown to pieces. Despite mostly unfavorable reviews, Lionsgate’s action sequel London Has Fallen...

12:18 PM PST 3/7/2016 by Pamela McClintock The modern-day musical marks Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to acclaimed indie drama ‘Whiplash.’ Lionsgate and Summit are pushing back the release of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land from July 15 to December, the heart of awards season. The modern-day musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will open in select theaters Dec. 2 before expanding nationwide Dec. 16. Lionsgate also announced that Molly Smith’s Black Label Media has come aboard to co-finance the movie...

2:00 AM PST 3/7/2016 by Ariston Anderson The film has been a hit in the Catholic country, with its weekend revenue jumping 43 percent and topping the post-victory performance of ‘Birdman.’ Building on the momentum of its best-picture Oscar win, Spotlight grossed $1 million on 297 screens this past weekend in Italy, an increase of 43 percent from last weekend. This is more than one-fifth of the $4.8 million international gross that Spotlight brought in overall this past weekend in its post-Oscar victory lap, a 124 percent...

‘Zootopia,’ meanwhile, gave Disney Animation its highest China debut ever, pulling in $23.5 million and earning rave local reviews. Ip Man 3, the latest installment of the hit Hong Kong martial-arts franchise starring Donnie Yen, punched its way to a massive opening weekend in mainland China. The fight flick, which was produced by Pegasus Motion Pictures and includes the stunt casting of Mike Tyson as a bone-crunching villain, grossed $71.5 million from Friday to Sunday, according to estimates from Beijing-based box-office...

The Disney Animation title soars to $232.5 million worldwide; elsewhere, ‘London Has Fallen’ lags behind its predecessor, while Tina Fey’s ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ and Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ struggle. The renaissance continues for the house that Walt built. Over the weekend, Zootopia  — buoyed by glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore — launched to a record $73.7 million from 3,827 theaters in North America, the top showing ever for Disney Animation...

7:37 AM PST 3/4/2016 by Pamela McClintock The movie — yet another win for Disney Animation Studios — will steal the No. 1 spot from ‘Deadpool’; elsewhere, Gerard Butler’s ‘London Has Fallen’ is pacing behind ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ while Tina Fey’s ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ struggles. Disney’s Zootopia roared to a $19.5 million Friday at the North American box office, where it now looks likely to earn a record $70 million-plus for the weekend. Zootopia is all...

8:04 AM PST 3/3/2016 by Pamela McClintock Zack Snyder’s superhero showdown arrived on tracking Thursday, three weeks before it opens in theaters; globally, the movie should fly past $300 million its first weekend. The box-office countdown has begun for Zack Snyder’s hotly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On Thursday, the superhero movie debuted on tracking to huge numbers, suggesting an opening of $140 million over the March 25-27 weekend in North America, if not more, according to those with access to prerelease...

1:22 PM PST 3/2/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov Disney’s animated tentpole ‘Zootopia’ was at No. 2, setting a record for preview screenings. Lionsgate’s Gods of Egypt debuted atop the Russian box office, while Zootopia set a new record for preview screenings a week before its official release. Alex Proyas’ ancient fantasy epic took in $3.8 million, making Russia the top-grossing market for Gods, which tanked overall in the U.S. and most other countries. Fantasy-adventure movies set in ancient times have traditionally...

3:11 AM PST 3/1/2016 by Patrick Brzeski If the current rates of growth keep up in China, the country will surpass North America as the world’s largest film market in early 2017. Fueled by a raft of local blockbuster hits over the Lunar New Year holiday, monthly box office in China reached a record high in February, surpassing North America for the second time in history. Already the world’s second-biggest theatrical market, China is rapidly closing the gap with North America, still the world’s largest.  Chinese...

8:17 PM PST 3/1/2016 by Gavin J. Blair Elsewhere, ‘The Finest Hours’ bows at No. 4 and ‘The Martian’ takes its total to $23 million after four weekends at No. 1. Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight opened, appropriately enough, at No. 8 in Japan over the weekend, taking ¥47 million ($420,000) from a limited release on 119 screens. Distributor Gaga’s decision for a limited release took into account the pic’s lack of a top Hollywood star and the limited appeal of Westerns in Japan. Tarantino’s...

Newcomers ‘Eddie the Eagle’ and ‘Triple 9’ also fail to muster up much business over Oscar weekend; ‘Deadpool’ crosses $285 million in North America and $600 million worldwide, while ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ becomes the top-grossing animated film of all time in China. Superhero sensation Deadpool continued to rock the multiplex in its third weekend, grossing $31.5 million from 3,856 theaters and burying Gods of Egypt, the first big-budget bomb of 2016 at the global box office. From Lionsgate, Gods...

6:53 PM PST 3/2/2016 by Pamela McClintock Also opening this weekend are Tina Fey’s comedy ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ and Disney’s ‘Zootopia,’ which will defeat everyone and take the top spot from ruling champ ‘Deadpool.’ Gerard Butler’s on a roller-coaster ride at the box office. Last weekend, Gods of Egypt bombed in North America with a $14.1 million debut, becoming the first big-budget miss of 2016. The fantasy epic, fatally wounded by withering reviews, cost a hefty $140 million...

Globally, ‘Deadpool’ has earned an astounding $491.7 million; ‘Risen’ and ‘The Witch’ open opposite Jesse Owens biopic ‘Race’ in North America. Deadpool easily won the battle for heaven and earth at the North American box office in its second outing, earning a sizable $55 million from 3,277 theaters to trounce biblical resurrection tale Risen and the demonic-laced The Witch. On Saturday, Ryan Reynolds’ audacious superhero movie raced past the $200 million mark, its ninth day in release...

7:36 PM PST 2/19/2016 by Patrick Brzeski The fantasy comedy from Beijing Enlight Pictures and China Film Group achieved a milestone on Friday. Stephen Chow has reclaimed the throne as king of the Chinese box office. By early evening Friday in China, the Hong Kong hitmaker’s latest comedy Mermaid had grossed 2.45 billion yuan ($375.6 million), officially surpassing Monster Hunt to become the highest-grossing film ever in the country.  Monster Hunt, directed by DreamWorks Animation veteran Raman Hui, grossed $374 million over...

12:00 PM PST 2/19/2016 by Pamela McClintock The Edward Snowden biopic stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial NSA whistleblower, while Shailene Woodley plays Snowden’s girlfriend. Open Road Films is pushing back the release of Oliver Stone’s Snowden from May 13 to Sept. 16, the beginning of awards season. The biopic stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as controversial NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, while Shailene Woodley plays Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. It’s the third time Snowden...

12:52 PM PST 2/19/2016 by Pamela McClintock Ryan Reynolds’ superhero movie will zoom past $200 million on Saturday; also opening this weekend opposite ‘Risen’ and ‘The Witch’ is Jesse Owens’ biopic ‘Race.’ A battle for heaven and earth is underway at the box office. Blockbuster Deadpool is having no trouble staying atop the box office in its second weekend, where it’s easily crushing Biblical resurrection tale Risen and The Witch, the critically acclaimed period horror film endorsed...

11:17 AM PST 2/18/2016 by Pamela McClintock Common will star opposite Reeves in the action pic. The follow-up to John Wick has been given an official title — John Wick, Chapter 2 — and a release date from Lionsgate: Feb. 10, 2017. Keanu Reeves returns in the lead role, while Common joins the budding action franchise as the movie’s chief villain, a head of security for a female crime lord. The sequel is set at least partially in Rome. Chad Stahelski is directing the pic, which is due to begin shooting this week. (The...

3:58 PM PST 2/17/2016 by Pamela McClintock ‘Everybody Wants Some’ tells the story of a 1980s college baseball team. Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some is shifting its release strategy. Instead of opening nationwide April 15, the movie will roll out in select theaters on April 1 before expanding over the course of the following two weekends, Paramount announced Wednesday. In a twinned move, the studio is pushing back the release of horror film Rings from April 1 to Oct. 28, closer to the Halloween holiday. Everybody...

12:06 PM PST 2/17/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov The movie beat the previous mark set by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Fox’s Deadpool debuted atop the Russian box office, becoming the market’s highest-grossing movie in its opening weekend ever. Ryan Reynolds’ anti-hero pic based on the Marvel comic-book character took in 957.4 million rubles ($13.1 million). The previous opening-weekend record was set in December by Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, which grossed $12.3 million, according to...

6:23 PM PST 2/16/2016 by Pamela McClintock J.J. Abrams Abrams is producing the sci-fi thriller, set on a space station. Paramount has staked out a release date for God’s Particle — Feb. 24, 2017. The movie, to be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, tells the story of a team of American astronauts on a space station who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, even as they desperately fight for their survival. Nigerian-born filmmaker Julian Onah is set to direct...

11:58 AM PST 2/16/2016 by Ariston Anderson ‘The Hateful Eight’ came in No. 2 in its second weekend. Medusa Film’s new comedy Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) conquered the Italian box office in its first week to come in No. 1 with $3.7 million for the Sept. 8-14 corridor. The comedy involves a dinner party game that results in all parties revealing their darkest secrets to each other over the course of an evening. Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, continued to do well, coming in...

11:41 AM PST 2/16/2016 by Gavin J. Blair Elsewhere, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ stays in the top five on its ninth weekend. The Martian stayed No. 1 at the box office in Japan, dipping only 18 percent from its opening weekend to land another $3.6 million (¥407 million) on Saturday and Sunday. Showing on around 70 IMAX, 4DX and MX4D screens, Ridley Scott’s space drama has now earned $14 million (¥1.6 billion) from a million admissions.    The top four movies in the weekend rankings remained...

4:07 AM PST 2/15/2016 by Patrick Brzeski The seven-day haul is more than the Chinese box office generated for the entire year a decade ago. China’s movie box office has smashed the world’s seven-day revenue record for a single territory, racking up an astonishing $548 million in ticket sales over the Chinese New Year’s holiday period, plus Valentine’s Day on Sunday. That eclipses the record set in North America six weeks ago, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens lifted the territory to $529.6 million from Dec....

12:52 PM PST 2/14/2016 by Pamela McClintock The movie is the rare Marvel-branded superhero offering to be rated R. Proving that wit and originality can pay off, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool shattered numerous records in its global debut as the daring, R-rated superhero movie transformed into a must-see curiosity. In North America, Deadpool earned $135 million for the three-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend on its way to a massive four-day holiday gross of $150 million or more. Overseas, it launched to a rousing $125...

Ryan Reynolds’ R-rated superhero movie is obliterating numerous records over the long Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, while it opens to a resounding $132.1 million overseas for a global bow of $282.1 million; ‘Zoolander 2’ stumbles. In a sea change for Hollywood’s go-to genre — comic book adaptations — Ryan Reynolds’ very R-rated and irreverent Deadpool grossed a record-breaking $132.7 million over the three-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, one of the best showings...

12:01 PM PST 2/14/2016 by Pamela McClintock The documentary’s opening per-theater average comes in behind any of Moore’s previous films. Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next wasn’t greeted by a victory march at the box office, where its per-theater average ranked below those of the filmmaker’s previous offerings. Where to Invade — Moore’s first film in six years — opened to an estimated $933,240 from 308 theaters for the three-day holiday weekend. That puts the per-location average at...

10:11 AM PST 2/12/2016 by Patrick Brzeski Two other Chinese blockbusters — ‘The Man From Macau 3’ and ‘The Monkey King 2’ — have also done huge business over the Lunar New Year holiday. Stephen Chow’s latest hit comedy, Mermaid, has become the must-see movie of China’s New Year holiday. After just five days in cinemas, the literal fish-out-of-water rom-com has grossed a huge $187.3 million — the largest five-day start ever in China. With two days still remaining in the “Golden...

8:31 AM PST 2/12/2016 by Scott Roxborough Blockbusters like ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ helped boost ticket sales across Europe. Cinema attendance was up virtually everywhere as European box office had its best year since 2004. Europeans flocked to the movies in 2015, with ticket sales hitting near-record levels on the continent, according to figures...

The irreverent film is shattering all expectations and making life tough for anything in its path, including ‘Zoolander 2’ and ‘How to Be Single,’ over the long Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend after grabbing an A CinemaScore. It’s summertime in February at the North American box office. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool earned a record $47.5 million on Friday, putting in course for an estimated three-day gross of $117 million and a stunning four-day haul of $130 million over the long Valentine’s...

12:55 PM PST 2/11/2016 by Pamela McClintock The raunchy superhero movie scores one of the top Marvel opening days of all time in the U.K. and the top February opening day ever in Australia. Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool opened to an impressive $12 million Wednesday from its first seven international markets, no small feat considering it’s the first Marvel superhero film to be rated R or the equivalent thereof. The raunchy movie — which begins rolling out in the U.S. on Thursday night — launched to $3.4 million in...

1:46 PM PST 2/10/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ opens at No. 2. Kung Fu Panda 3 stayed atop the Russian box office in its second outing, although it was a slow weekend overall for the threequel and other films. The latest installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise took in 200.7 million rubles ($2.8 million) for a cume of $9.2 million, according to data from research company Movie Research. The Finest Hours debuted in second place. Craig Gillespie’s action drama starring Casey Affleck...

5:33 PM PST 2/9/2016 by Pamela McClintock Rachel Weisz also stars in director Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of the best-selling novel. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander’s The Light Between Oceans will open in theaters nationwide on Sept. 2, the beginning of the fall awards season, Disney and DreamWorks announced Tuesday. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the wrenching drama is based on the best-selling debut novel from M.L. Stedman and also stars Rachel Weisz. Set on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia in...

4:39 AM PST 2/9/2016 by Patrick Brzeski China’s box office pulled in $100.5 million, the most ever for a single day in the country, as filmgoers flocked to cinemas during the Lunar New Year holiday. Chinese moviegoers turned out in record force Monday as the country celebrated the Year of the Monkey. Total box office on the day hit $100.5 million (660 million yuan), a 78 percent increase over the single-day record set during China’s Lunar New Years Day last year. Hong Kong hit maker Stephen Chow’s latest comedy, Mermaid,...

5:57 PM PST 2/8/2016 by Pamela McClintock Warner Bros. announced the winter release date Monday; at the same time, the studio has pulled ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ from the calendar. New Line and Warner Bros. have set a Dec. 16 release date for Collateral Beauty, the same day that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters. Collateral Beauty, also starring Helen Mirren, hopes to serve as counterprogramming to the Star Wars spinoff. Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris also star in the drama about a New York ad...

9:48 AM PST 2/9/2016 by Ariston Anderson Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a hit in the country. Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, is a hit in Italy, grossing $3.9 million (3.5 million euros) in four days.  This marks the biggest debut for a Tarantino film in Italy; the most successful of his films previously was Django Unchained. The director has a legion of fans in the country. He has won three David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s Academy Awards, for best foreign film in 2013 for...

9:08 AM PST 2/9/2016 by Gavin J. Blair Elsewhere, ‘Star Wars: ‘The Force Awakens’ has earned $91.4 million after eight weekends in Japan, its dollar total boosted by a stronger yen. Ridley Scott’s The Martian topped the weekend box-office chart in Japan with a $5.2 million opening, including Friday grosses, from 833 screens, helping to boost its worldwide total north of $600 million. Its Saturday and Sunday take was $4.25 million (¥496 million).   The Matt Damon-starring space drama, released in...

9:46 PM PST 2/7/2016 by Vladimir Kozlov Alejandro G. Inarritu’s movie broke the previous record set by ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ The Revenant has become the highest-grossing movie with an 18+ rating ever released in Russia. As of Wednesday, it has grossed 1.1 billion rubles ($14.6 million), Fox said. The previous record for an 18+ rated movie was set by Fifty Shades of Grey, which was released in February of last year and grossed $12.3 million. Debuting in Russian theaters on Jan. 7, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s survival...

10:00 AM PST 2/5/2016 by Pamela McClintock It’s also crossing the $900 million mark in North America, becoming the first film in history to achieve that milestone. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is celebrating winding down in theaters by crossing the $2 billion mark at the worldwide box office, becoming only the third film in history to achieve that feat after Avatar and Titanic. And in North America, it will jump the $900 million mark on Friday, a milestone no film has ever before accomplished. It’s expected...

Holdover ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ easily stays No. 1 in its second weekend as the three films daring to open over Super Bowl weekend, including Nicholas Sparks’ film adaptation ‘The Choice,’ drop the ball; ‘The Revenant,’ No. 1 overseas, crosses $300 million globally. Ethan and Joel Coen’s Hail, Caesar! grossed an underwhelming $11.4 million from 2,222 theaters over Super Bowl weekend, the lowest wide opening of the duo’s directing career. The news was even more grim for mashup Pride and Prejudice...

4:05 PM PST 2/3/2016 by Pamela McClintock ‘The Choice,’ the latest Nicholas Sparks’ film adaptation, also opens. Super Bowl always makes the playing field tough at the box office, but this year could be quieter than most at the multiplex as Hail, Caesar! and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies both anticipate modest openings, game or no game. Mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could score the most with $12 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $8 million to $9 million, the same range as...