Box Office

Why Is 'Fifty Shades' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quitting The Franchise?

February 17th, 2015 10:02am EST
Why Is 'Fifty Shades' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quitting The F
"Fifty Shades of Grey" made more than $80 million this weekend. $80 million. With numbers like that, you'd think the cast and crew would be set for life.

Well, director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be. It's come out that the "Fifty Shades" helmer is ready to abandon the franchise and "pull out" of all future sequels.

The Sun (via Huffington Post UK) tells us why: apparently, Taylor-Johnson and "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James were at each other's throats throughout the film's entire production.

"Sam won't be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that's the righ...

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Is A Box Office Hit

February 16th, 2015 8:28am EST
'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Dominates Holiday Weekend Box Office With
"Fifty Shades of Grey" took in a whopping $81.7 million during its first weekend of release, making it the second biggest February opening ever (behind 2004's "Passion Of The Christ.") The film made an additional $158 million worldwide.

The erotic thriller easily beat the number two release, "Kingsman: The Secret Service," which made $35.6 million. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" came in third with $30.5 million. Rounding out the top five were "American Sniper" with $16.4 million and sci-fi flick "Jupiter Ascending" with $9.4 million.

Fandango's "Fifty Shades" pre-sales were am...

5 Better Valentine’s Day Movies Than 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

February 14th, 2015 8:01am EST
5 Better Valentine’s Day Movies Than 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Cupid, hold your fire! Couples may be jonesing for more than getting struck by the romance arrow this Valentine’s Day. If the highly-anticipated BDSM movie “Fifty Shades of Grey”- hitting theaters this weekend - is any indication of lovers kinky interests, so are its much-hyped accessories that—SURPRISE!—are forbidden in movie theaters. As an alternative, load up Netflix and check out these five movies that are just as good, if not better, then “Fifty Shades of Grey” at combining romance with S&M.

“Last Tango in Paris” (1972) *NSFW*

No movie was more scandalized than this French/Ameri...

'American Sniper' Wins Second Weekend In A Row

January 26th, 2015 7:48am EST
'American Sniper' Wins Second Weekend In A Row, Will Become The
This proves it: last weekend's out-of-nowhere "American Sniper" rout (a $90 million rout, no less) was no fluke. The Clint Eastwood-directed, Bradley Cooper-starring film about sniper Chris Kyle has stomped all over the box office for a second weekend in a row, ending in the #1 spot for a second time.

This past weekend, "American Sniper" drew in $64.4 million. Not only is that only a 28% drop from last week's take (far smaller than average, indicating the film has fantastic staying power), but it's got "American Sniper" locked in to become the most successful war film of all time.


Moviegoers Flock To 'American Sniper'

January 17th, 2015 8:54am EST
'American Sniper' Makes Record-Breaking $5.3 Million On Opening
Bradley Cooper's new film "American Sniper" made box office history on Thursday, becoming the first R-rated film to make more than $5.3 million on a Thursday night opening.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, opened in limited release on Christmas Day but was released nationwide on Thursday -- the same day it received several Oscar nominations, including one for "Best Picture."

It's anticipated that the project will be the biggest opening weekend hit of Eastwood's career. It's expected to make $50 million over the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

"American Sniper" is based on the...

How Much Has Controversial Film 'The Interview' Made?

January 7th, 2015 8:53am EST
The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial film "The Interview" has made more than $31 million from online and on-demand services over an 11-day period, according to Sony Pictures. The film was released on Dec. 24 and made $15 million during its first four days of release online.

"The Interview" centers on two TV journalists assigned to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"The Interview" was scheduled for a wide theatrical release, and it was expected to earn $30 million during its first weekend alone. However, after hackers threatened violence against movie theaters for showing...

'The Interview' Earns $15 Million From Online Sales!

December 29th, 2014 8:21am EST
'The Interview' Earns $15 Million With Two Million Downloads
OK, it's officially time to break out the "Sony staged the whole hacking scandal to boost 'The Interview's' profits" conspiracy theories.

The Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that nearly caused World War III already made more than a million dollars from its first day at the box office (and that's with only 300ish theaters).

Now, after four days available online, "The Interview" has raked in more than $15 million from online sales.

"The Interview" was (and still is) available for purchase on Youtube, Google Play, Xbox Video and "The Interview's" own website, for $14.99- or $5.99 for a two-d...

Which Film Dominated The Weekend Box Office?

December 29th, 2014 8:11am EST
'Hobbit' Beats 'Unbroken' At Weekend Box Office
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" held on to the top spot at the weekend box office, making $41 million during its second week of release.

Coming in second place was Angelina Jolie's World War II drama "Unbroken," which took home $31 million.

The third and final film in Peter Jackson's franchise centers on Bilbo, who finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war. Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellan star.

Musical "Into The Woods," starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, debuted a...

'The Hobbit' Rules Weekend Box Office

December 22nd, 2014 8:32am EST
Final 'Hobbit' Film Tops Weekend Box Office
"The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" charged to the top of the box office over the weekend. The film, which opened in theaters on Wednesday, earned $56.2 million on Friday and Saturday and a total of $90 million over five days.

The Warner Bros. film easily beat "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which came in second place and made $17.3 million.

The final installment in Peter Jackson's six-film Middle-earth franchise debuted in 38 foreign territories, including Japan and Mexico. It made $15.2 million in the United Kingdom and $14.5 million in France.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of...

Fans Are Turning Out In Droves For Final 'Hobbit' Film

December 15th, 2014 1:44pm EST
Hobbit Battle of Five Armies
"The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies" is killing it overseas. The film earned nearly $20 million in Germany during its five-day opening, giving the film the best opening for the franchise in the region. The last film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" earned just $80 million in Germany, but it was still the most successful film in the territory in 2013.

The film is also doing well in Russia, marking the biggest opening there ever for a Warner Bros. film. It grossed $2.49 million on opening night, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and a total of $13.4 million for the weekend.

The ...