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Friday Box Office: After Scathing Reviews, "Fantastic Four" Tanks

2:32 PM 8/7/2015 by Senh Duong
Dr. Doom in "Fantastic Four"
Things just went from bad to ugly for Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. After being panned by critics before opening today (9% on Rotten Tomatoes), the studio was hoping that it would at least open to decent numbers at the box office. Their expectations were already low, in the $40M range (the previous two opened to $56M and $58M, respectively).

"Fantastic Four" Review: Good Until Third Act

6:03 PM 8/6/2015 by Senh Duong
Fantastic Four
I tend to skip reading reviews for films that I’m going to see, but I couldn’t help myself with “Fantastic Four.” I read both of the negative reviews from Hollywood Reporter and Variety. I also read on HitFix how Miles Teller, the star of the film, was expecting it to tank on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Fantastic Four" Debuts on Rotten Tomatoes with 12%

11:33 PM 8/5/2015 by Senh Duong
Fantastic Four
Apparently, no one told the critics that there’s a review embargo on “Fantastic Four” until it opens this Friday. On Rotten Tomatoes, over twenty critics have ignored the embargo so far. And the early word is terrible. At 12% -- and it’s still early -- it’s even worse than the poorly received originals.

Belated Weekend Box Office: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" Exceeds Expectations; "Vacation" Misses

11:46 AM 8/4/2015 by Senh Duong
Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation
During the predictions portion of our my podcast with Binh Ngo, I was predicting that “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation” would gross $70M for the weekend and “Vacation” $5M. I knew that the former would do better than expected and the latter worse. Although I was correct in that regard, I was way too high on “Rogue Nation” and way too low on “Vacation.”

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

11:17 AM 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

7:32 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

11:57 AM 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

12:00 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"

10:35 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

12:27 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.

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