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What are the Most Successful Film Franchises?

posted by Nell Minow

PrettyFamous examined the most successful film franchises of all time. [C}haracter-driven franchises with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments can spur on the production of final chapters, sequels and prequels for years to come. The most recent example is, of course, the […]

This Week at the Box Office — The G Sweet Spot

posted by Nell Minow

Why why why why why is it so hard for Hollywood to figure out that there is a wildly enthusiastic audience for G-rated movies? The only major G-rated release of the year is “The Peanuts Movie,” which opened last Friday […]

This Week at the Box Office — Record-Setting Flops

posted by Nell Minow

The Wall Street Journal reports that none of the new nationwide releases reached the top of the box office last weekend and one or two of them may end up breaking the record for worst-ever ticket sales. A frightening showing […]

This Week at the Box Office: Goosebumps Beats Crimson Peak and Spielberg/Hanks

posted by Nell Minow

Once again, a PG-rated film wins the box office. “Goosebumps” came in ahead of the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks drama, “Bridge of Spies,” and last week’s other scary movie, the big budget “Crimson Peak.” They were third and fourth, with holdover […]

Who is Surprised that a Faith-Based Film Beat Zac Efron and Owen Wilson?

posted by Nell Minow

The end of August is traditionally one of the year’s low points when it comes to Hollywood releases. So it was not surprising that the powerhouse “Straight Outta Compton” lead the box office, far ahead of the two new releases, […]

The Real Winner At the Box Office This Week: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

posted by Nell Minow

The headlines about the box office over the weekend are misleading. “Chappie” was number one in overall revenue, but still disappointing. The top box office winner in a given week is usually in the $20-40 million range, with special-effects films […]

Box Office This Week: Despicable Me Beats Lone Ranger — So Does Kevin Hart

posted by Nell Minow

The 4th of July weekend is always one of the biggest box office weeks of the year and this year broke the record again.  Sequel Despicable Me 2 was the undisputed champ, with a whalloping $82 million, helped out a bit by […]

This Week at the Box Office: Hotel Transylvania Breaks the Record

posted by Nell Minow

“Hotel Transylvania” became the biggest September opening ever with $43 million, perhaps surprising because it is one of three animated 3D horror movies for kids to be released within a 12-week period.  But what should no longer be surprising is […]

Madagascar 3 Beats Prometheus at the Box Office

posted by Nell Minow

Ridley Scott’s “Aliens” sort-of-prequel Prometheus did very well at the box office, with one of the strongest openings of the year, $50 million in the US and $85 million world-wide.  But the R-rated space saga could not match another series […]

This Weekend at the Box Office: “Think Like a Man” Beats “Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Hunger Games” is no longer the #1 movie in America.  After four weeks on top, there’s a new champion, the ensemble romantic comedy “Think Like a Man,” inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, which made a robust $33 million, […]

This Week at the Box Office: ‘Dolphin Tale’ is #1!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that Dolphin Tale topped the box office this week with a healthy $14.2 million, very impressive for its second week of release.  It shows that the movie has strong word of mouth — people who have seen it […]

Grrrrl Power at the Box Office: ‘Twilight’ Sales Set Records

posted by Nell Minow

To the surprise of no one but the Hollywood insiders, none of whom apparently have ever spoken to a teenage girl, “Twilight” set records at the box office this weekend, exceeding all predictions to bring in over $70 million, almost […]

Black Stars and Box Office

posted by Nell Minow

Two thoughtful and provocative articles bookend one of most challenging questions in American culture — the role of race at the collision point of art and commerce. In The Washington Post, Neely Tucker writes about Stars on the Field but […]

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Trailer: Barbershop - The Next Cut
Ice Cube and the gang are back for another "Barbershop" movie and it looks good! [iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"] ...

posted 12:28:41pm Nov. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Happy Thanksgiving! Alice's Restaurant
Arlo Guthrie's classic song, "Alice's Restaurant," is based on the true story of his arrest for, well, garbage. [iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"] ...

posted 3:45:01pm Nov. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Miracles From Heaven
[youtube][/youtube] Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star in "Miracles from Heaven," based on Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam. ...

posted 8:00:03am Nov. 26, 2015 | read full post »

"Brooklyn," based on the book by Colm Tóibín, is exquisitely lyrical, the story of a young woman who immigrates from Ireland to New ...

posted 5:22:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Pixar's New Short is Really Special: Sanjay's Super Team
The best part of "The Good Dinosaur" is the short film that comes before, "Sanjay's Super Team." The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to be based on the life ...

posted 2:30:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »


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