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9:16 AM 8/30/2015 by Senh Duong
Not even the big G.O.D. can stop N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” remains #1 at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row with $13.2M, upping its total to $134M. It got unexpected competition from Christian film “War Room,” which actually beat it on Friday, $3.9M to $3.8M. However, opening films tend to be more front-loaded, so the Universal music biopic was able to make up ground on Saturday.
1:11 PM 8/29/2015 by Senh Duong
When I was writing my review of the Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan action thriller “No Escape,” I was surprised -- and curious -- to find that there’s NOT a single mention of Thailand in the film’s official synopsis. It just uses “Southeast Asia” as the setting.
3:43 PM 8/28/2015 by Senh Duong
This is not what I was expecting heading into the weekend. In terms of this week’s new releases, I was expecting the order at the box office to be “No Escape,” “We Are Your Friends,” and “War Room.” But based on matinee numbers, Christian drama “War Room” ends up on top.
Why Is Pixar Making "Cars 3" After The Poorly-Reviewed Second Film Disappointed at the Domestic Box Office?
2:02 PM 8/28/2015 by Senh Duong
Since it's a boring weekend at the box office, I'll write about Pixar's puzzling decision to manufacture another "Cars" movie, despite objections from critics.
1:12 PM 8/27/2015 by Senh Duong
I was predicting Owen Wilson’s action thriller “No Escape” to do $15M this weekend. Well, it looks like I’ll be wrong. According to Deadline.com, “No Escape” took in $1.2M yesterday, and that includes $300K from Tuesday evening screenings.
12:40 PM 8/27/2015 by Senh Duong
According to Deadline.com, 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).
10:34 AM 8/26/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
11:59 AM 8/25/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
10:52 AM 8/21/2015 by Senh Duong
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?).
9:02 AM 8/17/2015 by Senh Duong
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.”