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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 stays top in US

13-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel held on to pole position through Disney to reach $159m after two sessions and see off the challenge from Fox’s Rio 2.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 in record April debut

6-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier announced itself with an estimated $96.2m debut through Buena Vista that rewrote the record books for April opening weekends.

Noah

Noah tops US on $44m

30-Mar-2014 | By

Paramount and Regency Enterprises’ epic delivered an estimated $44m number one debut in North America that exceeded expectations – now the question is will it hold.

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China first market to cross $3bn

25-Mar-2014 | By

CINEMACON: MPAA CEO and chairman Senator Chris Dodd said global box office for all films released in 2013 reached $35.9bn, marking a 4% year-on-year rise.

Divergent

Divergent storms US on $56m

23-Mar-2014 | By

The pilot feature from the latest aspiring YA franchise conformed to industry predictions to open top and deliver a highly promising $56m debut.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody rules US charts on $21.2m

16-Mar-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s family release Mr. Peabody & Sherman climbed to the top in its second session through Fox after narrowly edging out Warner Bros’ 300 sequel with an estimated $21.2m.

300 Rise of an Empire

300 sequel conquers US on $45m

9-Mar-2014 | By

Warner Bros’ 300 sequel beat off the competition from DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while Fox Searchlight capitalised on 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar glory and scored a massive limited debut on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Non-Stop

Non-Stop opens top in US on $30m

2-Mar-2014 | By

StudioCanal’s fully financed action film starring Liam Neeson opened top of the North American charts through Universal on an estimated $30m.

Frozen

Frozen crosses $1bn global BO

2-Mar-2014 | By

Frozen – the favourite to win the best animation Oscar  – crossed $1bn at the global box office on Sunday (March 2) to reach $1.0002bn and cemented its status as the industry’s biggest non-sequel animation and the second biggest animation of all time behind Toy Story 3.

The Lego Movie

Lego holds US top slot with $49m

16-Feb-2014 | By

Warner Bros’ family hit The Lego Movie consolidated last weekend’s number one launch with a strong hold that relegated new arrivals About Last Night and RoboCop to second and third on the podium.

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie storms US on $69m

9-Feb-2014 | By

Warner Bros’ family film The Lego Movie scaled the top of the charts on an estimated $69.1m as The Monuments opened solidly in second place on $22.7m.

Ride Along

Ride Along stays top in US on $12m

2-Feb-2014 | By

Superbowl Weekend allows Universal buddy comedy to make hay.

Ride Along

Ride Along stays top in US on $21m

26-Jan-2014 | By

The Universal one-two held firm as Ride Along dominated the US charts with ease and Lone Survivor held on to second place. Lakeshore’s newcomer I, Frankenstein delivered a disappointing $8.3m through Lionsgate at number six.

Ride Along

Ride Along sets MLK record

19-Jan-2014 | By

Universal executives were celebrating as the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy grossed an estimated $41.2m to set a three-day holiday weekend record.

Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor secures US pinnacle

12-Jan-2014 | By

Peter Berg’s war film starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch climbed 37 places to number one after expanding in its second weekend through Universal and grossing an excellent $39m.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug stays top in US on $30m

29-Dec-2013 | By

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug held firm at number one in its third session to see out the holiday period as The Wolf Of Wall Street arrived in fifth place on a mediocre $18.5m over three days.

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2013 sets box office record

29-Dec-2013 | By

North American box office for the calendar year was set to reach new heights as the running total equalled the $10.8bn haul from 2012 on December 29, according to estimates that remained unconfirmed at time of writing.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Smaug slays US rivals on $32m hold

22-Dec-2013 | By

After two weekends Warner Bros, New Line and MGM’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug trails the 2012 Hobbit release by approximately 16% at the same stage when adjusted for inflation. Dhoom 3 has become the biggest Bollywood release in North America.

Frozen

Disney sets domestic BO record

16-Dec-2013 | By

Fuelled by Frozen, the studio reached $1.547bn on December 14 to establish a new company high-water mark and complete the trifecta of record domestic, international and global tallies.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug debuts top in US on $74m

15-Dec-2013 | By

While the opening session of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug trailed the $84.6m debut of The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey exactly one year ago by roughly 13%, it was still good enough to deliver the third biggest December launch.

Frozen

Frozen skates to top on $32m

8-Dec-2013 | By

Heading into the holidays Buena Vista’s animation climbed one place to the pinnacle of the North American charts on an estimated $31.6m for $134.3m. Inside Llewyn Davis arrived on a superb limited debut.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire, Thor cross $600m

5-Dec-2013 | By

UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel to The Hunger Games and Thor 2 have both reached $600m at the worldwide box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Catching Fire rules US on $75m

1-Dec-2013 | By

As expected Catching Fire maintained control of the North American charts over the Thanksgiving holiday period despite a superb first wide weekend from Disney’s animation Frozen.

Saving Santa

Saving Santa brings good cheer to CMG

27-Nov-2013 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Gateway Films & Prana Studios’ 3D animated feature opened in second place at the Polish box office last week behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Fire sparks $161.1m November record

24-Nov-2013 | By

Catching Fire stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $161.1m to set a new November record and score the fourth biggest domestic debut of all time.

Despicable Me 2

Universal breaks company record

18-Nov-2013 | By

A spokesperson said on Monday (18) the studio had broken its previous best North American box office for a calendar year of $1.335bn set in 2012.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor 2 adds $39m in US

17-Nov-2013 | By

Thor: The Dark World held on to the North American crown for its third and most likely final weekend ahead of the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor delivers $86.1m hammer blow

10-Nov-2013 | By

Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $86.1m to produce the ninth biggest November debut in history.

Ender’s Game

Ender's Game rules US on $28m

3-Nov-2013 | By

Ender’s Game debuted top of the North American charts through Lionsgate-Summit to deliver a timely success for the independent space heading into the AFM this week.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Bad Grandpa tops US on $32m

27-Oct-2013 | By

A muscular launch for Paramount’s comedy generated the second biggest launch in the Jackass family as Fox’s The Counselor flopped and Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave broke into the top ten in its second session.

The Wolverine

Fox International crosses $2bn

20-Oct-2013 | By

The studio’s combined grosses for the year-to-date have crossed the $2bn milestone for the fifth consecutive year and the seventh year overall — both achievements are industry records.

Gravity

Gravity rules US on $31m

20-Oct-2013 | By

Gravity remained top for a third consecutive week as the latest pretender to its throne, Carrie, had to settle for a number three debut. DreamWorks’ The Fifth Estate stumbled badly in its opening session.

Gravity

Gravity stays aloft on $44.3m

13-Oct-2013 | By

Audience demand kept Warner Bros’ all-categories Oscar contender at the top of the North American charts as an estimated $44.3m in the second session boosted the running total to $123.4m.

Gravity

Gravity sets US October record

6-Oct-2013 | By

Warner Bros’ space epic from Alfonso Cuaron starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney reached for the stars at the weekend with an estimated $55.5m launch that set a new October mark.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Cloudy 2 tops US on $35m

29-Sep-2013 | By

Box office climbed 34% over the previous session as Sony’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 stormed to the top on an estimated $35m.

Instructions Not Included

Instructions sets box office record

29-Sep-2013 | By

In its fifth weekend, Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included has become the highest grossing Spanish-language release at the US box office on $38.6m.

Prisoners

Prisoners ties up US on $21.4m

22-Sep-2013 | By

Alcon Entertainment’s crime thriller Prisoners rounded out a superb month following rave reviews at Telluride and Toronto with a number one debut in North America on an estimated $21.4m through Warner Bros.

Fast and Furious 6

UPI crosses historic $2bn mark

18-Sep-2013 | By

Universal Pictures International (UPI) top brass announced the company has crossed $2bn within a calendar year for the first time in its 101-year history.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious 2 owns US on $41.1m

15-Sep-2013 | By

A sensational number one launch for Insidious: Chapter 2 through FilmDistrict put the horror sequel immediately in profit for the filmmakers and established James Wan unquestionably as the preeminent commercial horror director following summer smash The Conjuring.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Studios serve up record summer

2-Sep-2013 | By

Lee Daniels’ The Butler restored supremacy at the top of the North American charts as a record four-day Labor Day weekend wrapped up a record $4.7bn summer.

One Direction

One Direction win LDW on $17m

1-Sep-2013 | By

The summer session neared a conclusion over Labor Day Weekend as One Direction: This Is Us, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the UK-Irish pop sensation, opened top on an estimated $17m through Sony’s TriStar label over three days.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Butler stays top in US on $17m

25-Aug-2013 | By

Lee Daniel’s The Butler held on to top spot at a lacklustre box office weekend that marked the penultimate session of blockbuster season.

A Haunted House

Octane fired up for Haunted 2

23-Aug-2013 | By

A Haunted House 2 is scheduled to kick off production on Monday [26] through IM Global’s Octane genre division. Open Road will distribute in the US on Mar 2014.

Blue Jasmine

SPC plots Blue Jasmine expansion

21-Aug-2013 | By

Sony Pictures Classics announced that it will expand Woody Allen’s box office hit Blue Jasmine this weekend from 229 screens to more than 1,200, making the awards contender Allen’s widest ever release.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Butler beats Kick-Ass 2 on US debut

19-Aug-2013 | By

Lee Daniel’s The Butler dominated a weak session in North America thanks to an estimated $25m opening weekend through The Weinstein Company.

Elysium

Elysium rules US on $30.4m

12-Aug-2013 | By

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 independently financed sci-fi action film launched at number one in North America thanks to an estimated $30.4m opening weekend through TriStar that consigned a trio of studio openers to lower top five finishes.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim to cross $250m

9-Aug-2013 | By

Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi international hit has reached $218m and is favourite to hold on to the international crown this weekend.

2 Guns

2 Guns fires up $27.4m debut

4-Aug-2013 | By

The independent action comedy starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg led a decent session in North America, scoring an estimated $27.4m through Universal.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim runs riot in China on $9m

1-Aug-2013 | By

The projected opening day for Pacific Rim in China (Rmb 54.3m) set a new record for Warner Bros and scored the second biggest debut of a Hollywood release behind Iron Man 3 for the year-to-date.

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SPC expands Before Midnight run

31-Jul-2013 | By

Sony Pictures Classics will increase the theatre count on Before Midnight to 226 screens this weekend. Separately, FilmBuff and release IPF Productions said they will release SXSW entry Rewind This! exclusively on iTunes.

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