Box Office News
9:52 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?).
8:02 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.”
6:13 PM 8/16/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
2:26 PM 8/16/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
2:06 PM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
Kaboom! Deadline.com 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.
12:22 PM 8/14/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
2:32 PM 8/7/2015 by Senh Duong
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).
Belated Weekend Box Office: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" Exceeds Expectations; "Vacation" Misses
11:46 AM 8/4/2015 by Senh Duong
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.”
11:17 AM 7/30/2015 by Senh Duong
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.
7:32 PM 7/29/2015 by Senh Duong
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.