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Split

'Split' earns M Night Shyamalan US box office crown on $40.2m

22-Jan-2017 | By

Universal’s horror film starring James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities soared to number one on its debut.

'Rogue One' becomes top grossing US film released in 2016 (update)

15-Jan-2017 | By

Lucasfilm’s Star Wars stand-alone overtook Finding Dory in a weekend that saw Hidden Figures hold on to number one in its fourth session.

Hidden Figures

'Hidden Figures' claims North American crown on $22.8m (update)

9-Jan-2017 | By

JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Fox’s NASA drama surged 16 places in its third session to topple Rogue One after three weekends at the summit.

Hacksaw

'Hacksaw Ridge' becomes biggest imported war film in China

5-Jan-2017 | By

Bliss Media distributes the World War II drama directed by Mel Gibson, which has crossed $50m in China and earned a rare extension.

'Rogue One' storms to $441m in North America

2-Jan-2017 | By

JAN 3 UPDATE: The stand-alone Star Wars sci-fi finished 2016 as the second highest grossing film between the January 1-December 31 period and will soon overtake Finding Dory to become the biggest film released in 2016.

Finding Dory

2016 hits ‘record’ $11.4bn, ranks seventh in real terms

1-Jan-2017 | By

Despite numerous high-profile flops, it was record average ticket prices, premium pricing and a handful of blockbusters that pushed the year in North America to a numeric high – although inflation tells a different story.

'Arrival' crosses $150m at global box office

1-Jan-2017 | By

The sci-fi awards contender starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner has reached $151.7m, North American distributor Paramount announced on Sunday.

Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes 2016 earnings list

28-Dec-2016 | By

One of Western cinema’s busiest action stars has come top of the annual poll of Hollywood earners at the global box office as women claimed three of the top five slots.

'Rogue One' targets top three 2016 finish (update)

26-Dec-2016 | By

DECEMBER 27 UPDATE: Lucasfilm’s sci-fi grossed a confirmed $96.1m over the holiday weekend as it crossed $570m worldwide.

Captain America Civil War

Disney to cross record $7bn at worldwide box office in 2016

20-Dec-2016 | By

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn on Monday hailed what is set to become an “historic” industry achievement this week.

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'Rogue One' conquers North America, Will Smith's 'Collateral Beauty' flops (update)

18-Dec-2016 | By

DECEMBER 19 UPDATE: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has scored the second highest December opening in history behind last year’s $247.9m by Stars Wars: The Force Awakens.

'Rogue One' on course for $250m-$300m global bow

12-Dec-2016 | By

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens day-and-date in most major markets this week when insiders say it could gross between $130m and $150m internationally by Sunday.

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'Moana' top in US, 'La La Land' stunning in limited launch (updated)

11-Dec-2016 | By

DECEMBER 12 UPDATE: La La Land delivered a $881,104 limited launch from five sites for the second best specialty opening weekend average in history.

Moana

'Moana' top again in North America on $28.3m (update)

4-Dec-2016 | By

DECEMBER 5 UPDATE: A lacklustre session saw Disney’s animation retain top spot as Arrival continued its terrific run to climb to number three through Paramount  and Jackie enjoyed an excellent debut through Fox Searchlight.

Arrival

'Arrival' crosses $100m worldwide

2-Dec-2016 | By

The independently financed sci-fi drama has crossed the milestone, executives at North American distributor Paramount said on Friday.

Moana

'Moana' sails to top in North America on $82.1m (update)

27-Nov-2016 | By

NOVEMBER 28 UPDATE: The Disney animation arrived at number one over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to overthrow Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and distinguish itself from an otherwise mediocre set of debutants.

Fantastic Beasts claims North America in $74.4m debut (update)

20-Nov-2016 | By

NOVEMBER 21 UPDATE: Just as Warner Bros’ fantasy adventure smothered the international market, so it dominated the North American competition.

'Fantastic Beasts' crosses $80m worldwide (update)

17-Nov-2016 | By

NOVEMBER 19 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ tentpole climbed to $83.3m worldwide factoring in $29.7m from the first full day in North America.

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange stays top in North America on $43m (update)

13-Nov-2016 | By

NOVEMBER 14 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ tentpole ruled its second session and helped Disney score its best year on $2.31bn, while Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk scored an excellent limited debut.

Doctor Strange

'Doctor Strange' in $85.1m North American debut (update)

6-Nov-2016 | By

NOVEMBER 7 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ latest offering stormed to the top on a confirmed $85.1m, followed by Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls on $46.6m via Fox and Hacksaw Ridge on $15.2m through Lionsgate.

'Civil War', 'Finding Dory' drive Disney to global box office record

2-Nov-2016 | By

The studio hierarchy announced on Wednesday that it has achieved its biggest year ever on $5.851bn with two tentpoles still to come.

Inferno

'Inferno' up in flames on $14.9m US launch (update)

30-Oct-2016 | By

OCTOBER 31 UPDATE: Sony’s latest episode in the adventures of Robert Landgdon starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones fizzled out at the box office with a dismal confirmed $14.9m debut in 3,576 theatres.

Moonlight

Moonlight scores huge limited debut in North America (update)

23-Oct-2016 | By

OCTOBER 24 UPDATE: The first film to be produced and fully financed by A24 delivered a timely opening weekend heading into awards season as Lionsgate’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ruled the session on a confirmed $28.5m.

The Accountant

'The Accountant' wins North American weekend on $24.7m (update)

16-Oct-2016 | By

Warner Bros’ Ben Affleck thriller stormed to the top of the charts on a confirmed $24.7m as Universal’s comedy tour film Kevin Hart: What Now? debuted at number three on $11.8m.

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'Girl On The Train' rides to number one in North America (update)

10-Oct-2016 | By John Hazelton

The DreamWorks thriller tops the chart with $24.5m while Fox Searchlight’s awards contender The Birth Of A Nation opens wide with a soft $7m.

Miss Peregrine

'Miss Peregrine' rules North American charts on $29m (update)

2-Oct-2016 | By

Fox’s children’s fantasy tale starring Eva Green debuted at number one over the weekend, while Lionsgate-Summit’s Deepwater Horizon secured second place and Buena Vista’s Queen Of Katwe burst into the top ten.

'The Magnificent Seven' rules North America on $34.7m (update)

25-Sep-2016 | By

SEPTEMBER 26 UPDATE: Antoine Fuqua scored a career high $34.7m debut as his western reboot starring frequent collaborator Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt opened top.

Sully

'Sully' holds at number one on $22m (update)

18-Sep-2016 | By

SEPTEMBER 19 UPDATE: Good news for Warner Bros saw the Tom Hanks starrer maintain course for $100m in its second week following a modest 37.2% drop as Universal-Working Title’s Bridget Jones’s Baby and Lionsgate’s Blair Witch both flopped.

Sully

'Sully' rules North America on $35m (update)

11-Sep-2016 | By

Clint Eastwood’s drama Sully opened top at the weekend through Warner Bros on a confirmed $35m.

Don't Breathe

'Don’t Breathe' ends summer 2016 on a high (update)

5-Sep-2016 | By

SEPTEMBER 6 UPDATE: Screen Gems’ horror held firm at the top on an confirmed $19.7m as the four-day portion of Labor Day weekend holiday dispelled the ‘sequelitis’ blues – for now at least – to round out a solid season.

Don’t Breathe

'Don’t Breathe' closes solid summer 2016

4-Sep-2016 | By

Screen Gems’ horror hit held firm at number one on an estimated $15.7m as the three-day portion of Labor Day weekend gained 12% on last year’s comparable end-of-summer session and rounded out a solid season.

Don't Breathe

'Don't Breathe' leads North American weekend on $26.4m

28-Aug-2016 | By

AUGUST 29 UPDATE: Screen Gems and Stage 6’s horror film stormed to the top with a muscular debut that will have executives at the studios behind many of this summer’s costly flops green with envy.

Ben Hur

'Ben-Hur' crashes in North America; 'Suicide Squad' races on

21-Aug-2016 | By

AUGUST 22 UPDATE: MGM-Paramount’s $100m Ben-Hur flopped on $11.2m to become the latest victim in a dismal summer for remakes and sequels, while Warner Bros’ comic book adaptation stayed top for the third weekend in a row.

US Briefs: 'Finding Dory' crosses $900m worldwide

16-Aug-2016 | By Alec Govi

Disney-Pixar’s juggernaut reached the milestone on Monday and became the fourth Walt Disney Studios release to do so this year after Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and The Jungle Book.

'Suicide Squad' clings to US crown on $43.5m

14-Aug-2016 | By

AUGUST 15 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ R-rated kept new arrival Sausage Party at bay despite a precipitous 67.4% drop in its second weekend that shows how top-heavy the demographic can be for comic book adaptations.

Suicide Squad

'Suicide Squad' smashes US August record on $133.7m

7-Aug-2016 | By

AUGUST 8 UPDATE: After a patchy 2016 Warner Bros has a rare North American opening weekend to crow about as its comic book adaptation destroyed the previous high-water mark for the late summer month and the studio crossed the $1bn milestone for the 16th consecutive year.

Jason Bourne

'Jason Bourne' in $59m North American debut

31-Jul-2016 | By

AUGUST 1 UPDATE: The reunion of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass scored the second biggest opening weekend of Universal’s 14-year spy franchise when unadjusted for inflation.

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'Star Trek Beyond' leads North America on $59m

24-Jul-2016 | By

JULY 25 UPDATE: Paramount/Skydance’s sci-fi prospered on a confirmed $59.3m number one debut, while Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age: Collision Course looks unlikely to live long following a franchise-low $21m launch.

Disney sets $2bn speed record in North America

17-Jul-2016 | By

JULY 18 UPDATE: Another weekend of records saw Finding Dory become the biggest animation release of all time, while Disney crossed $2bn faster than any studio before it and Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot opened in second place.

Ice Age: Collision Course

'Ice Age: Collision Course' in $53m international weekend

17-Jul-2016 | By

JULY 18 UPDATE: Fox International top brass reported another dominant international session from the Hollywood contingent as the Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Animation tentpole added a confirmed $53.1m from 60 markets.

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'The Secret Life Of Pets' rules North America on $104.4m

11-Jul-2016 | By

JULY 11 UPDATE: The latest release from Universal / Illumination Entertainment bolstered the stealthy muscularity of summer box office with the biggest launch for an original animation property in North America.

Tarzan

'Tarzan' beats 'The Purge', 'The BFG' at US box office

4-Jul-2016 | By John Hazelton

UPDATE: Finding Dory stays top for a third weekend; Tarzan’s $38.5m beats out rival new releases The Purge: Election Year and The BFG.

Ice Age: Collision Course

'Ice Age,' 'Tarzan' and 'BFG' make international debuts

1-Jul-2016 | By John Hazelton

INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW: The fifth Ice Age film, a new take on Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl adaptation are among this weekend’s international entrants.

Independence Day: Resurgence

'Independence Day' sequel takes $41m in North America

26-Jun-2016 | By John Hazelton

UPDATED: Fox’s action sci-fi sequel fell short in its domestic debut, thanks to a big second weekend hold by Pixar’s Finding Dory and a strong start for Sony’s The Shallows.

Finding Dory

'Finding Dory' splashes into North America on record $135.1m

19-Jun-2016 | By

JUNE 20 UPDATE: Pixar’s family sequel gave early summer box office the boost it needed and rewrote the animation record books, while Warcraft tumbled 70% in its second weekend.

What 'Warcraft' in China could mean for Hollywood

17-Jun-2016 | By

The staggering contrast between Chinese and North American box office for Warcraft was according to one former studio executive a seismic event in the theatrical business that portends a fundamental shift in the Hollywood decision-making process.

The Conjuring 2

'Conjuring 2' sparkles on $40.4m; 'Warcraft' lacks magic

12-Jun-2016 | By

JUNE 13 UPDATE: New Line’s horror sequel ruled the orcs over the weekend in North America as The Conjuring 2 opened top on a confirmed $40.4m and Warcraft arrived in second place on a dismal $24.4m.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows' rules US on $35.3m

6-Jun-2016 | By

JUNE 6 UPDATE: Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows dominated the weekend after studio chiefs mobilised a demographic that was predictably mostly under-25 and male.

X-Men: Apocalypse

'X-Men: Apocalypse' rules slow Memorial Day session

29-May-2016 | By

MAY 31 UPDATE: Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse launched summer and propelled the four-day Memorial Weekend into the all-time top ten with a muted $79.8m debut, while Buena Vista’s Alice Through The Looking Glass flopped.

Angry Birds

'Angry Birds' topple 'Civil War' in US on $38m

22-May-2016 | By

MAY 23 UPDATE: Sony’s adaptation of the bestselling phone app game toppled Captain America: Civil War from its perch as it secured a number one berth.

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Sundance: Deals for 'Thoroughbred', 'Ingrid Goes West', 'The Hero'

A flurry of deals emerged on Sunday evening as the snow smothered Park City and insiders predicted an imminent buy on Amanda Lipitz’s documentary crowd-pleaser Step.

Novitiate

Sundance: SPC takes world on 'Novitiate'

The distributor is understood to have paid mid-seven figures for Maggie Betts’ U.S. Dramatic Competition entry in a deal that closed early on Sunday morning.

The Big Sick

Sundance: Amazon Studios swoops on 'The Big Sick' in $12m deal

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: The company stamped its name on Park City for the second year in a row following a Saturday night negotiation for Michael Showalter’s crowd-pleaser.

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Bleecker Street picks up 'Nostalgia'

The New York-based distributor anounced in Sundance it has acquired North American rights to Mark Pellington’s film starring Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn and Catherine Keener.

La La Land

'La La Land' wins London Critics' Circle best film

The Oscar frontrunner and BAFTA nominee charmed the UK’s leading critics to win top prize at the 37th Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday night at The May Fair Hotel.

Landline

Screenings rescheduled after Redstone Cinemas power cut

UPDATE: Festvial programmers have found new slots for The Mars Generation, Landline and Dolores.