Tips?

Got any tips? Send them here

Get in Touch

Comments/Suggestions?

Have a question or comment you'd like to send my way?

Send your e-mail here

I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon returning to IMAX theaters

IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures announced today that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, is returning to 246 IMAX(R) domestic locations for an extended two-week run from Friday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 8. During those two weeks, the 3-D film will play simultaneously with other films in the IMAX network.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon returning to IMAX theaters

Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

Update: Updated with final box office data.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes held off four new releases to stay atop the box office charts this weekend with a $27.832M 2nd weekend (-49% / $105.208M cume).

The Help was really the only strong new release this weekend, taking in $26.045M from 2,534 theaters and pushing its 5-day cume — it opened on Wednesday — to a better than expected $35.918M.

‘Rise of the Apes’ was first Friday-Sunday, with $8.108M on Friday (vs. $7.645M for The Help), +35% on Saturday to $10.928M (vs. +31% / $9.997M for “The Help”) and -20% on Sunday to $8.797M (vs. -16% / $8.403M for “The Help”).

Third place went to Final Destination 5 with $18.031M from 3,155 theaters. The 3D release debuted on the lower end of expectations and this actually marks the first time a film in the franchise hasn’t topped its predecessor’s opening weekend.

30 Minutes or Less debuted about where most expected it to with $13.330M from 2,888 theaters in fifth place. The news was much worse for Glee The 3D Movie Concert. After a disappointing sixth place Friday ($2.735M), ‘Glee 3D’ dropped a disastrous 37% on Saturday to $1.716M and another 12% on Sunday to $1.511M for a hugely disappointing 11th place finish of $5.961M.

The Smurfs, meanwhile, rounded out the top five in fourth place with $13.733M in its third weekend to push its domestic cume past $100M at $101.779M.

Other noteworthy weekend highlights — both domestic and foreign — including for Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon follow after the jump.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Apes’ stays 1st with $27.8M, The Help strong 2nd with $26.0M + Final Destination 5 3rd, 30 Minutes or Less 5th and Glee 3D huge disappointment in 11th

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” crosses $1 Billion worldwide

Worldwide box office receipts for TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, have hit $1 billion, Paramount Pictures announced today. To date, the third installment of the hit Transformers franchise, and the first shot in 3-D, has grossed $338 million in U.S. (through Monday) and $663 million internationally (through Tuesday).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

Continue reading “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” crosses $1 Billion worldwide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens to record breaking $169.2M domestic / $312.3M foreign for $481.5M worldwide

Update: Article updated with final box office data

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment in the worldwide blockbuster franchise, opened to a record breaking $169.189M from 4,375 theaters ($38,672 per theater average) in its opening weekend (“The Dark Knight” held the previous record with $158.411M) and a record-breaking $481.489M worldwide. On the way to its record-breaking domestic bow, the film broke several other records including biggest midnight launch ($43.5M) and biggest opening day/single day ($91.071M).

Debuting in 3D for the first time in the franchise, 3D for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ accounted for approximately 43% of the gross (from a record 3,100+ locations including 274 Imax). Imax grosses reached a record $15.5M (beating “Alice in Wonderland’s” $12.2M). Total 3D accounted for an estimated $72.8M, second all-time to “Alice in Wonderland’s” $81.3M 3D opening weekend gross.

‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ dropped 53% on Saturday to $42.414M and a further 16% on Sunday to $35.704M. The huge Friday to Saturday drop is a result of film’s enormous opening day which clipped the previous record holder “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” by nearly $20M ($72.704M). The previous single day high for a ‘Harry Potter’ movie was last November’s ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’ which opened to $61.685M (which also held the previous opening weekend high for the franchise at $125.017M from 4,125 theaters–$30,307 per theater average).

And as a sign of how important this final film in the franchise has become to its fanbase, The opening day gross for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ was larger than the entire 3-day opening weekends of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’ ($90.295M), ‘Half-Blood Prince’ ($77.836MM), ‘Order of the Phoenix’ ($77.108M) and ‘Chamber of Secrets’ ($88.357M) and nearly ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ as well ($93.688M).

Overseas analysis and top five highlights after the jump.

Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens to record breaking $169.2M domestic / $312.3M foreign for $481.5M worldwide

Transformers 3 stays in first with $47.1M; Horrible Bosses opens strong with $28.3M, Zookeeper soft at $20.1M

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dropped 52% in its second weekend as it took in $47.103M. That’s a smaller second week decline than ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ which had dipped 61% in its second weekend and is only minimally below the second week drop of the original “Transformers” (-48%). The weekend gross puts the film’s cume at $261.079M making it the year’s top-grossing film (moving ahead of “The Hangover Part II” which cleared $250M this weekend).

The daily breakdown for ‘Dark of the Moon’ is as follows:

  • Fri: $14.843M
  • Sat: $18.327M (+24%)
  • Sun: $13.934M (-24%)

For comparison purposes, “Transformers” was at $224.010M by the close of its second weekend, while ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ was at $293.356M. At the moment, ‘Dark of the Moon’ looks like it’ll close its domestic run with between $350-375M.

Worldwide ‘Dark of the Moon’ is now at $645.079M with $384M from foreign markets.

Debuting in second place with a solid $28.302M was the Warner Brothers R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses. Zookeeper, meanwhile, debuted softer than expected (and more than $10M below Kevin James’ last film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”–$31.833M) with $20.066M.

Here are the individual day performances for both films:

  • Horrible Bosses — Fri: $9.882M, Sat: $10.392M (+5%), Sun: $8.028M (-23%)
  • Zookeeper — Fri: $7.365M, Sat: $7.518M (+2%), Sun: $5.182M (-31%)

Rounding out the top five for the weekend was Cars 2 in fourth place with $15.212M ($148.832M cume) and Bad Teacher in fifth place with $8.914M ($78.672M cume).

Click over the jump for more selected box office highlights: Continue reading Transformers 3 stays in first with $47.1M; Horrible Bosses opens strong with $28.3M, Zookeeper soft at $20.1M

Transformers 3 remains on top with $14.8M Friday, but Horrible Bosses starts strong with $9.9M; Zookeeper opens soft with $7.4M

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon held off both new releases Friday to take a first place $14.843M from 4,088 theaters. The movie’s cume now stands at $228.818M and it’s on track for what looks like $43-47M for the weekend which will put it well […]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon crosses $500M worldwide in record time

Transformers Dark of the Moon continues to light the box office on fire. The film has grossed nearly $215M domestically ($213.975 as of July 7) and is approaching $300M internationally ($297.084M) for what is currently an incredible $511.06M worldwide.

The Michael Bay-directed blockbuster crossed the $500M worldwide mark on Thursday its ninth day of […]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon grosses Imax record $23.1M worldwide

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed a record $23.1M worldwide in Imax theaters through Monday, July 4 since debuting on June 28. The film played in 146 North American screens for $14M and added $9.1M from 105 Imax screens internationally. That doesn’t even include delayed openings in China and Japan. All in […]

Paramount Pictures first studio to cross $1B in domestic box office

Paramount Pictures became the first studio this year to cross $1B in domestic box office (Paramount Pictures International announced it crossed the $1B mark in overseas box office last month).

As of July 4, the studio’s domestic gross stands at $1.053B.

The studio hit the milestone thanks to hits “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, […]

FX picks up TV rights to Transformers: Dark of the Moon

FX has added yet another movie to its lineup. The network has picked up the commericial TV premiere rights to Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The network has already vied for and won premiere rights to “Bad Teacher”, “Green Lantern”, “The Hangover Part II”, “Super 8”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Thor”, “The Green Hornet” and “Tron: Legacy”, […]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon grosses record $97.85M for July 4th weekend ($115.89M 4-day); $180.65M domesic / $400.45M worldwide

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated the weekend box office with $97.852M from 4,088 theaters Friday-Sunday and $115.886M Friday-Monday. That breaks the previous July 4th weekend record held by 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” which opened to $88.156M (Fri-Sun). The opening is also the biggest of the year (ahead of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — $90.152M).

Compared to its predecessors, ‘Dark of the Moon’ opened 39% above the 2007 original ($70.502M) and just 10% under the opening of 2009’s ‘Revenge of the Fallen’ ($108.966M). ‘Dark of the Moon’ grossed $175.151M through Monday ($180.651M including an estimated $5.5M from Tuesday night previews). Although not as strong as the second film in the franchise — which had grossed $214.931M through the comparable period three day period  — ‘Dark of the Moon’ is expected to ride strong word of mouth to become the year’s first $300M+ grosser.

The film is performing even more impressively overseas (which seems to be the norm these days with blockbusters), opening to $219.8M through Monday, putting the movie at an incredible $400.451M through the July 4th Holiday weekend.

Of the two other new releases, the Tom Hanks / Julia Roberts-starrer Larry Crowne finished on top in fourth place with $13.096M ($16.099M for the 4-day), ahead of the teen-centric romantic comedy Monte Carlo which grossed $7.454M for sixth place ($8.588M for the 4-day).

Rounding out the top five was Cars 2 in second place, sliding a disappointing 60% with $26.273M ($31.63M for the 4-day / $122.56M cume), Bad Teacher in third place with $14.507M ($17.262M for the 4-day / $62.708M cume) and Super 8 in fifth place easing just  34% with $7.922M ($9.527M for the 4-day / $110.07M cume). The J.J. Abrams-directed / Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi film crossed the $100M domestic mark on Thursday.

Other notable performances over the fold:

Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon grosses record $97.85M for July 4th weekend ($115.89M 4-day); $180.65M domesic / $400.45M worldwide

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens with $37.7M ($43.2M including Tuesday previews); $79.8M worldwide

Update: Article updated with final box office data.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay’s third installment in the hugely successful franchise, launched to a $37.725M opening day from 4,011 theaters (figure includes about $8M from approximately 2,800 theaters for midnight shows). Paramount also says the film took in an estimated […]