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Box Office: "Vacation" Underperforms with $3.8M Debut on Wednesday

12:17 PM 7/30/2015 by Senh Duong
Ed Helms in "Vacation"
According to Variety and its sister site Deadline, Ed Helm’s latest comedy “Vacation” isn’t meeting expectations at the box office. New Line’s’ reboot of Chevy Chase’s 1983 hit took in $3.8M on Wednesday, which includes $1.2M from Tuesday’s evening screenings.

Box Office: "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" Tracking to Open at $40M

8:32 PM 7/29/2015 by Senh Duong
Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson in "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation"
According to Variety, “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” is tracking to open at only $40M at the box office, which would make it the weakest of the Tom Cruise franchise. I’m not counting the previous film “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” though because it had a platform release.

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" First Impression

12:57 PM 7/28/2015 by Senh Duong
Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation"
Like I mentioned yesterday on Wopular.com, I went to a promotional screening of “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” last night. Like what the early reviews have indicated, it’s very good.

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" Early Reviews: 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

1:00 PM 7/27/2015 by Senh Duong
Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation"
Wow. Just when I thought the franchise couldn’t get any higher than the 93% score that the Brad Bird directed “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” received on Rotten Tomatoes, the soon-to-be-released fifth outing is sitting on 97%. It’s still early, and there are only 30 reviews so far. Nonetheless, “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation” is off to a fantastic start. Directing Tom Cruise this time around is Christopher McQuarrie, a screenwriter who has collaborated with the action star in “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Jack Reacher,” and “Valkyrie.”

Weekend Box Office: "Southpaw" Emerges as Victor Over "Pixels" and "Paper Town"

11:35 AM 7/26/2015 by Senh Duong
Jake Gyllenhaal in "Southpaw"
“Pixels” drew $24M worth of quarters this weekend in theaters, continuing Adam Sandler’s slide at the box office despite having “Harry Potter’s” Chris Columbus at the helm. Generally speaking, that’s a decent figure for a comedy, but it’s got a couple of things working against it. First, during the comedian’s heyday, each of his films routinely opened in the $40M range.

Friday Box Office: "Pixels" Disappoints, "Southpaw" Draws Even, and "Paper Towns" Impresses

1:27 PM 7/25/2015 by Senh Duong
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Michelle Monaghan in "Pixels"
To no one’s surprise, Adam Sandler’s new film “Pixels” topped the box office on Friday with $9.2M. Although that’s in line with what most in the industry were expecting, it’s a bit below my expectations. Like I said in my latest podcast with Binh Ngo, I was expecting a weekend opening in the neighborhood of $45M, which would translate to $15M on Friday.

"Furious 7" Breaks Open the Gates of the Summer Movie Season

1:43 PM 4/1/2015 by Senh Duong
Paul Walker in "Furious 7"
First things first: Paul Walker would be proud of this. It’s an action franchise that will please its huge and ever-growing fanbase. He gets to go two rounds with Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa and gets the last laugh. Not a bad way to go. Overall, Walker’s scenes are quite seamless.

DreamWorks Animation's "Home" Proved Us Wrong - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/30/2015

5:17 PM 3/31/2015 by Senh Duong
Home
Binh and I were on target with our predictions for “Get Hard,” but were in a different ballpark when it comes to “Home.” We discuss why the Dreamworks Animation production did so much better than what we and the industry had predicted. We try to figure why the “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is holding up so well, week after week, despite direct competition from the action crowd from “Run All Night, “ “The Gunman,” and “Insurgent.” Is it the exploding heads? How did indie horror film “It Follows” do after its nationwide expansion?

"The Gunman" bombs while "Insurgent" overtakes "Cinderella" - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/23/2015

4:52 PM 3/31/2015 by Senh Duong
Theo James and Shailene Woodley in "Insurgent"
Hear how Binh and I did with our predictions for “Insurgent,” “The Gunman,” and “Do You Believe.” Binh was more upbeat on the latter two films, while I was more for the former. Binh tells us why he doesn’t think Shailene Woodley is a star yet, even after I reminded him that she has opened three films around the $50M range. I explained why “Chappie,” which has disappointed at the box office in the U.S., might still turn a profit when it’s all said and done. Ditto with “Penguins of Madagascar.”

Happy Ending for Disney's Cinderella - EOB Weekend Box Office Podcast: 3/16/2015

12:56 PM 3/23/2015 by Senh Duong
Cinderella
Binh and I were off on both "Cinderella" and "Run All Night." In our previous podcast, we were wondering if audiences can have too much Liam Neeson. We have our answer. Surprisingly, more women actually went to see "Run All Night" than men. Check out the podcast to hear why:
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