Category Archives: Box Office

Tom Cruise And Co Have Achieved The Impossible

Last week, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol became the actor’s highest grossing movie. By the end of the week, it had passed the $600m mark worldwide. Released in December, it has now become the sixth highest grossing movie from 2011. This makes it a massive success, and when you think about all that has gone on in the lead up to it, it is pretty astonishing.

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Why Was UK Cinema So Successful In 2011?

The BBC is reporting this week that last year, for the first time ever, UK Box Office takings surpassed the £1bn barrier. Considering the economic crisis of the last few years, and the increasing number of people finding themselves out of work, it is perhaps a little surprising. There are several factors at work, however.

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Can Contagion Continue To Spread?

This weekend saw the release of Contagion in the US, a new thriller of epidemic proportions, from classy filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The movie boasts an impressive ensemble cast, and for a September release the opening numbers are reassuring. The question is, will the film reach pandemic proportions, or will next weekend see the virus snubbed out? Continue reading

Will Part 2 Be The Mother Of All Hangovers?

This week sees the release of The Hangover 2, Todd Phillips’ follow-up to his incredibly successful The Hangover from 2009. When The Hangover was released two years ago, it came with very little fanfare. With an experienced director, but a low-key cast and no major marketing campaign, it took everyone unawares. After its opening weekend, word of mouth spread like wildfire, and The Hangover became the surprise hit of the summer. It didn’t just enjoy massive critical and financial success, it broke a record. It became the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Continue reading

Has Thor Struck Hammer Blow In Superhero Wars?

This weekend Thor managed to stay in the top 3 at the box office, adding another $15.5m to its haul, for a total domestic gross so far of $145m. Thor’s box office performance so far isn’t a patch on many of the comic-book adaptations we’ve seen recently, but as a second tier hero played by a virtual unknown, it is a pretty good number. Will it be enough, though, to see Thor standing victorious in the comic-book movie wars at the end of the Summer? Continue reading

Sequel Haters? Here’s The Bad News…

It’s official, the sequel is here to stay. OK, so it’s really no great revelation. There were some signs, however, that audiences were starting to get a little bored of shameless cash-ins, and were looking for something a little bit different. This week’s box office, unfortunately, told a slightly different story. Thor won the weekend with an admirable $65M plus, however that was not the big box office story. In second place was Fast and Furious 5, with a $32M haul. It may have been beaten into second place this weekend, but this added to the total gross it had already accumulated means the sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a sequel has made a massive achievement. It has become this year’s highest grossing film so far. Continue reading

More Animated Audiences Emerging

This past weekend, the new animated feature from 20th Century Fox, Rio, won the US box office with a $39M opening, beating highly fancied Scre4m into second place with a disappointing $19M. There was a lot of expectation from the fourth movie in the Scream franchise. The first three movies grossed around $300 million dollars between them, with the second and third installments opening with over $30M each, and that nearly 15 years ago. Continue reading

The Coens Display True Box Office Grit

Weekend estimates for the US are in, and with them comes a very comforting tale of triumph. The Coen brothers’ Academy Award contender True Grit won the weekend, bringing in another $15m to take its total to around $110M. This meant it not only finally beat Little Fockers into second place in their running box office battle, it also firmly established its place as the Coen’s highest grossing movie. Their first film to break the $100m mark, it is a big landmark for the prolific brothers. Continue reading