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Monster Mashup Remains King
Godzilla x Kong Had
Nothing to Fear
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Godzilla x Kong Had Nothing to Fear

'Monkey Man' debuts a distant second

(Newser) - Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire easily swatted away a pair of challengers to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week, according to studio estimates Sunday. After its $80 million launch , the MonsterVerse mashup brought in $31.7 million over its second weekend,...

Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises
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Godzilla-Kong Pairing Surprises

Monster movie has the year's second-biggest opening

(Newser) - The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates. The monster mashup from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest...

Audiences Welcome Ghostbusters Back
Ghostbusters Picks Up
Where It Left Off
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Ghostbusters Picks Up Where It Left Off

Sydney Sweeney's 'Immaculate' doesn't do much in debut

(Newser) - Ghost-busting is still a good business. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire collected $45.2 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, handing Sony Pictures the studio's first No. 1 film since last summer. The opening weekend for Frozen Empire, in 4,345 theaters, was nearly exactly...

Dune Can't Topple Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune
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Kung Fu Panda Edges Dune

(Newser) - Kung Fu Panda 4 stayed at the top of the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. The Universal and DreamWorks Animation movie earned $30 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The franchise featuring the voice of Jack Black is responsible for over $1....

Dune Sequel Rescues Theaters
Dune: Part Two Storms Theaters
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Dune: Part Two Storms Theaters

Sequel is the year's first big hit

(Newser) - Movie theaters were looking for a savior, and Dune: Part Two is delivering on the promise. Armed with sandworms, big-screen spectacle and the star power of Timothée Chalamet, Denis Villeneuve's science fiction epic stormed the North American box office this weekend, earning $81.5 million in ticket sales,...

One Love Tops Weekend Ahead of Dune: Part Two
One Love Remains No. 1
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One Love Remains No. 1

'Madame Web' slips further after disappointing start

(Newser) - For a second straight week, Bob Marley: One Love exceeded expectations by claiming the No. 1 spot at the box office, overcoming two debut films and Sony's struggling Madame Web. The Paramount biopic starring Kingsley Ben-Adir pulled in $13.5 million during its second week of release. The project,...

Bob Marley Biopic Rolls Past Madame Web
Bob Marley:
One Love

Surprises
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Bob Marley: One Love Surprises

Audiences appreciate biopic more than critics

(Newser) - Paramount Pictures' biopic Bob Marley: One Love outperformed expectations to debut at No. 1 at the box office with a $27.7 million opening weekend, while Sony's Madame Web flopped with one of the lowest debuts for a movie centered on a Marvel character. Both films launched in theaters...

Lisa Frankenstein Can't Scare Off Argyle
Lisa Frankenstein
Can't Scare Off Argyle
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Lisa Frankenstein Can't Scare Off Argyle

Weekend shapes up to be slowest of the year so far at theaters

(Newser) - Lisa Frankenstein didn't come to life at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse earned $3.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It debuted in second place on a very...

Apple Can't Sell Argylle to Audiences
Apple
Has Its
First Flop
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Apple Has Its First Flop

Critics and audiences give 'Argylle' poor reviews

(Newser) - For the first time, Apple has experienced a box office flop with a big-budget production. Argylle, the $200 million, star-studded spy thriller from Apple Studios, debuted with $18 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, directed by Matthew Vaughn, managed to lead the weekend box office...

The Beekeeper Rises to Top
The Beekeeper Rises to Top
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The Beekeeper Rises to Top

Holdovers profit from Oscar nominations

(Newser) - With no new wide releases on the schedule this weekend, holdovers sustained the North American box office, which was led by The Beekeeper in its third week of release. Amazon MGM Studios' Jason Statham action film earned $7.4 million to take the No. 1 spot, according to studio estimates...

Mean Girls Repeats as Films Angle for Oscars Attention
Mean Girls Wins Slow Weekend
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Mean Girls Wins Slow Weekend

Awards contenders try to make their mark before Oscar nominations

(Newser) - On a quiet weekend in movie theaters, Mean Girls repeated atop the box office with $11.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, while a handful of awards contenders sought to make an impact ahead of Oscar nominations Tuesday. With a dearth of new releases, the Tina...

New Mean Girls Pulls Audiences From Warm Homes
It's Like Old Times
for Mean Girls
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It's Like Old Times for Mean Girls

Other new releases for holiday weekend fall short

(Newser) - Winter storms and cinema closures in North America didn't dampen the opening weekend for Mean Girls. The Paramount release, adapted from the Broadway musical and the 2004 Tiny Fey movie, earned $28 million in its first three days in theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Not accounting for inflation,...

Wonka Stays on Top as Year Starts Slowly
Year Begins Slowly,
With Wonka Repeating
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Year Begins Slowly, With Wonka Repeating

Industry hopes for boost from Golden Globes

(Newser) - Timothée Chalamet and Wonka topped the box office charts for the third time in its four weekends in theaters. Warner Bros.' family-oriented musical added $14.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its total domestic grosses to $164.7 million. After finishing 2023 on...

Wonka Ends Uneven Year on Top
Wonka Ends Uneven Year on Top
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Wonka Ends Uneven Year on Top

Ticket sales climb but were still higher before pandemic

(Newser) - Hollywood closed out an up-and-down 2023 with Wonka regaining No. 1 at the box office, strong sales for The Color Purple, and an overall $9 billion in ticket sales that improved on 2022's grosses but fell about $2 billion shy of pre-pandemic norms. The New Year's weekend this year...

There Were Christmas Day Winners, Losers at Box Office

'The Color Purple' lands squarely in the winners category

(Newser) - It was a green Christmas for The Color Purple. The film bested expectations with its $18 million opening on Monday, a figure that makes it the second-biggest Christmas Day opening of all time. The Hollywood Reporter says the biggest Christmas Day opener remains 2009's Sherlock Holmes, which brought in...

Aquaman Laps Struggling Rivals
Aquaman Laps Struggling Rivals
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Aquaman Laps Struggling Rivals

Theaters have quiet weekend despite several debuts

(Newser) - Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom led a crowd of new releases at the box office over the weekend. The DC and Warner Bros. superhero sequel starring Jason Momoa earned an estimated $28.1 million in its first three days of release in 3,706 locations in North America, according to...

Chalamet's Wonka Opens on Top
Chalamet's Wonka
Opens on Top
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Chalamet's Wonka Opens on Top

Studio had played down the film's song-and-dance numbers

(Newser) - Wonka debuted with $39 million in box office sales in US and Canadian theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That made it a strong start for the Timothée Chalamet-starring Willy Wonka musical that underscored the young star's draw. Musicals have been tough sells in theaters...

The Boy and the Heron Gives Miyazaki a Career First
Miyazaki Achieves Career First
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Miyazaki Achieves Career First

Anime film maker, 82, reaches No. 1 in North America

(Newser) - For the first time in Hayao Miyazaki's decades-spanning career, the 82-year-old Japanese anime master is No. 1 at the North American box office. Miyazaki's latest enchantment, The Boy and the Heron, debuted with $12.8 million, according to studio estimates. The long-awaited animated fantasy from the director of...

Beyonce Tops Film Charts
Beyonce's Renaissance Is No. 1
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Beyonce's Renaissance Is No. 1

Concert film has strong debut on a slow weekend

(Newser) - Beyonce was a one-woman show this weekend. The concert picture she wrote, directed and produced won the weekend box office with $21 million in North American ticket sales, according to estimates from AMC Theatres on Sunday. The post-Thanksgiving, early December box office is notoriously slow, but Renaissance: A Film by ...

Hunger Games Prequel Holds Off Napoleon , Wish
Hunger Games Prequel Repeats
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Hunger Games Prequel Repeats

Big-budget 'Napoleon' wins battle for second place

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co.'s Wish had been expected to rule the Thanksgiving weekend box office, but moviegoers instead feasted on leftovers, as The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes led ticket sales for the second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Neither of the weekend's...

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