Box Office: More Joy for "Inside Out" As It Passes $700M Worldwide

11:40 AM 8/27/2015 by Senh Duong
Inside Out
According to, Pixar’s “Inside Out” just passed $700M at the box office worldwide, the fifth film to do this at the animation studio. Globally, it ranks behind “Toy Story 3” ($1.1B), “Finding Nemo” ($896M), “Monsters University” ($744M), and “Up” ($731M).

"No Escape" Review: Tense, Action-packed, and Thrilling

9:34 AM 8/26/2015 by Senh Duong
No Escape
The last thriller from Owen Wilson that I could remember is “Behind Enemy Lines,” an action thriller from 2001 that I liked. Compared to that, “No Escape” is just as tense, but more dramatic because of the family element. “No Escape” doesn’t waste any time setting up the premise. Once Wilson’s character Jack Dwyer and his family -- wife and two girls -- lands in Thailand, the film gets rolling.

Box Office: "Terminator: Genisys" Opens Huge in China, Sequels Guaranteed

10:59 AM 8/25/2015 by Senh Duong
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator: Genisys"
When “Terminator: Genisys” disappointed at the domestic box office, opening to a ho-hum $27M a few months ago and looking to finish its run in the low $90M range, there were reports that this was the end of the line for the franchise, and Paramount might have to abandon its plans for two more sequels.

Box Office: "Inside Out" Passes "Finding Nemo" As Pixar's Top-Grossing Original Film

9:52 AM 8/21/2015 by Senh Duong
Joy from "Inside Out"
On Tuesday, August 18th, “Inside Out’s” total box office reached $340.1M, passing that of the initial release of “Finding Nemo” ($339.7M) to become Pixar’s top grossing original film. This excludes the additional $41M the 3D re-release of “Nemo” took in a few years ago. To keep things simple, we’re only counting how much each film made when they were first released; otherwise, things can get pretty messy with re-releases (How many times has “Star Wars” been re-released?).

Box Office: "Fantastic Four" Tanks Harder in Second Week

8:02 AM 8/17/2015 by Senh Duong
Fantastic Four
Let’s move from writing about a pair of near-perfect films -- “Shaun The Sheep” and “Inside Out” -- to one at the other end of the spectrum: the 8% Rotten Tomatoes-scoring “Fantastic Four.”

Box Office: Looks Like "Shaun The Sheep" Will At Least Break Even

6:13 PM 8/16/2015 by Senh Duong
Shaun The Sheep
From one nearly perfectly reviewed animation to another, I will now discuss “Shaun The Sheep’s” performance at the box office. Most write-ups have used the word “disappointing” -- a few even used “tanking” -- to describe Aardman Animation’s latest stop-motion feature’s performance at the box office.

Box Office: In A Few Days, "Inside Out" Will Become Pixar's Highest Grossing Original Film

2:26 PM 8/16/2015 by Senh Duong
Inside Out
I’m taking a break from telling you how huge a hit “Straight Outta Compton” has become to bring your attention to another “Out” movie. Pixar’s “Inside Out” has been out of the top ten at the domestic box office for a few weeks already, but in another couple of days, it will surpass “Finding Nemo” as the animated studio’s highest-grossing original feature; this excludes the additional $41M that the 3D re-release of “Nemo” banked.

Friday Matinee Box Office: "Straight Outta Compton" $25M Friday, $55M-$60M Weekend

2:06 PM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
Straight Outta Compton
Kaboom! reports that “Straight Outta Compton” blew up the box office on Friday (today). According to early matinee ticket sales, the industry is predicting that the rap drama will take in $25M by the end of the day, including the $5M from yesterday’s evening screenings.

Thursday Box Office: "Straight Outta Compton" $5M; "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." $900K

12:22 PM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
Straight Outta Compton
In our podcast, Binh Ngo and I made some predictions for this week’s openers. Binh’s pretty high on both films, but he’s giving the edge to “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” just because it’s opening in 3,638 theaters, about a thousand more than “Straight Outta Compton.” His numbers are $35M for “U.N.C.L.E.” and $30M for “Compton.” I have $15M and $25M for those films respectively, with “Compton” on top. It looks like I’m right with the positioning of “Compton,” but Binh’s closer to the actual gross.

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Review: Beautifully Filmed, Great Music, Distracting Accents

10:39 AM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
I went into “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” expecting to be thrilled, entertained, and charmed by beautiful people chasing each other around the globe in a game of cat-and-mouse like the recent “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” -- except with bland male leads (Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer). At least, that’s what I got from the trailer.
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