Pacific Rim’s less than monstrous opening can’t be considered a shock given that it’s an original property, has no major name stars, and has to clear the hurdle of convincing general audiences that look down upon giant monster movies as something beneath their intelligence....
Monsters ruled the box office this weekend in a big way. The top spot belonged to the monsters of Monsters University, but nipping at their heels were the 3D PG-13 ant zombies of World War Z. How weird is it that on the small screen R-rated zombies garner huge ratings, but you have to make them bloodless PG-13 to find huge success on the big screen?
Who would dare challenge the Man of Steel? How about a raunchy R-rated meta-comedy about stoner actors dealing with the end of the world? This Is the End managed to hold its own against Superman even if it did make over $100 million less.
Opinions on The Purge may be greatly mixed, but audiences flocked in droves to see the futuristic home invasion flick this weekend, making it a surprise, overperforming #1, even making back ten times its budget and setting a new horror movie record in the process.
While Evil Dead struggled not to plummet like so many 3D Texas Chainsaws, Scary Movie 5 proved to be a franchise that probably wasn’t worth reviving. Funny; A Haunted House was a modest hit and Scary Movie 5 bombs.
It was a big weekend for Hollywood with three films coming in at over $20 million and a 3D re-release nipping at their heels. But it was Evil Dead that swallowed the box office’s soul in a big way.
If Open Road was thinking it had the next Twilight on its hands with The Host, also written by Stephenie Meyer, it had better think again. The film had a disappointing $11 million, 6th place debut, a sure sign that it's not the next hot young adult franchise everyone is scrambling to find.
One of the year's biggest surprises so far is that Brad Anderson's The Call proved Halle Berry still has what it takes to attract a crowd as the film ended up in the number two spot at the box office.
There was good news and bad news for The Last Exorcism Part II at this weekend’s box office. The bad news is that it bombed. The good news is that it was such a cheap movie to make, it won’t be nearly the money loser Jack the Giant Slayer is poised to be.
Back in February of 2012 we told you about a little indie flick called The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. Nobody heard us. Nobody listened. And now... well now the little flick has gone on to live in infamy!
Fact: By the year 2015 all theatrically released horror movies will be billed as being "From the Producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious." With that being slapped on movies like Dark Skies, it’s hard not to believe its enticement value is rapidly being diminished.
As Hollywood begins churning out more and more genre-centric romantic young adult flicks, desperately hoping that tweener girls experiencing Twilight withdrawal will give rise to a new cash cow franchise, a harsh reality is lost on these producers.
It was a good weekend for young zombies with Warm Bodies, less so for new movies featuring actors with one foot in the grave (Stallone, Pacino, Walken). Meanwhile fairy tale monster slayers prove they have more life in them than Leatherface.
Audiences had no interest in an aging Austrian action hero last weekend, but they showed up this weekend to see a pair of younger action heroes save a Bavarian forest from witchery.
As the country prepares to remember the man who had a dream, moviegoers were more interested in nightmares. It may be the Martin Luther King Day weekend, but the four-day holiday box office belongs to a queen, and her name is Mama.