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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.

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.

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.

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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.

'Captain America: Civil War' stands tall at US box office on $73m

15-May-2016 | By

Disney’s Marvel superheroes were too strong for the rest of the pack in the second weekend of release as Captain America: Civil War added an estimated $72.6m to surge to $295.9m.

'Civil War' scores fifth biggest North American debut on $182m

8-May-2016 | By

As expected, Disney / Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War flew to the top of the charts on an estimated $181.8m that obliterated the competition.

'The Jungle Book' king of North America on $44m

1-May-2016 | By

MAY 2 UPDATE: Disney’s live action hit held on to top berth for its third and almost certainly final weekend following a 29% decline that saw it add a confirmed $43.7m.

The Jungle Book

'The Jungle Book' stays top in US on $61.5m

24-Apr-2016 | By

APRIL 25 UPDATE: Disney’s The Jungle Book clung on to the highest vines in its second session as a confirmed $61.5m easily saw off the feeble challenge of Universal’s The Huntsman sequel and propelled the family hit to $192.2m.

The Jungle Book

'The Jungle Book' roars to top in US on $103.3m

18-Apr-2016 | By

APRIL 18 UPDATE: If the live-action-CGI rendering of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tale seemed destined to become a Disney classic all over again, the opening weekend confirmed that notion as it stormed to the studio’s biggest April debut in history.

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Global box office hit $38.3bn in 2015

12-Apr-2016 | By

Buoyed by last year’s surge in global, international, and North American gross box office receipts, industry heads on Tuesday used fresh data to proclaim the film industry to be in rude health despite facing more serious challenges than at any time in its history.

The Boss

'The Boss' rules US as 'BvS', 'Hardcore Henry' disappoint

10-Apr-2016 | By

Melissa McCarthy is queen of North America as an estimated $23.48m debut for The Boss via Universal edged Warner Bros’ fast-fading Batman v Superman into second place.

'Batman v Superman' falls 69% in second session in North America

3-Apr-2016 | By

APRIL 4 UPDATE: The Warner Bros / DC Entertainment spring tentpole succumbed to one of the biggest second-weekend drops in superhero history as the film mustered another $51.3m in the arduous climb towards break-even.

'Batman v Superman' hits $500m at global box office

30-Mar-2016 | By

The Warner Bros and DC Entertainment tentpole added an estimated $32.9m on Tuesday to reach $501.9m worldwide.

'Batman V Superman' storms North America on $166m

27-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 28 UPDATE: Warner Bros opened the DC Entertainment vaults and reaped the rewards as the sixth biggest domestic debut in history fuelled a $420m worldwide haul.

'Batman v Superman' grosses $469m worldwide

27-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 29 UPDATE: The DC Entertainment tentpole added $46m worldwide on Monday to reach $468.6m worldwide and $287.5m internationlaly and $181.1m in North America as the studio revised its weekend take to $256.5m internationally and $422.6m worldwide.

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

'Batman V Superman' hits $93m worldwide

25-Mar-2016 | By

UPDATE: Warner Bros’ DC Entertainment tentpole has raced to at least $65.2m from its first three international days and took $27.7m from Thursday night screenings in North America for an early $92.9m worldwide.

Zootopia

'Zootopia' retains control in North America on $37.2m

21-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 21 UPDATE: Disney’s latest animation smash crossed $200m in North America thanks to a confirmed $37.2m number one hold.

Zootopia

'Zootopia' stays top in US on $51m

13-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 14 UPDATE: Disney’s latest animation juggernaut held on to pole position in its second session as a confirmed $51.3m boosted the running total to $143.9m.

Zootopia

'Zootopia' trounces US field on $75m

6-Mar-2016 | By

MARCH 7 UPDATE: Disney’s latest family film delivered the biggest three-day opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios on a confirmed $75.1m.

Deadpool

'Deadpool' surges towards $300m in North America

28-Feb-2016 | By

FEBRUARY 29 UPDATE: Fox’s smash offered a rare bright spot in a typically slow Oscar weekend, adding an confirmed $31.1m to push itself to $285.3m and stay top for the third consecutive session.

Deadpool

'Deadpool' holds North American lead with $57m

21-Feb-2016 | By

FEB 22 UPDATE: Deadpool, Fox’s R-rated superhero blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds, has surged to $236.9m and combines with $256.2m internationally for $493.1m worldwide.

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'Deadpool' scores record $135m US February debut

14-Feb-2016 | By

Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, R-rated superhero delivered a bona fide smash as Fox opened Deadpool on a massive February record.

Kung Fu Panda 3

'Kung Fu Panda 3' rules North America on $21m

7-Feb-2016 | By

FEBRUARY 8 UPDATE: DreamWorks Animation’s latest tentpole held on to top spot as a trio of new openers arrived with a whimper including Berlinale opener Hail, Caesar! from the Coen Bros.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' hits $2bn worldwide

5-Feb-2016 | By

Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth crossed further significant milestones over the weekend to consolidate its status as the third biggest film of all time globally.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' rules North America on $41.3m

31-Jan-2016 | By

FEBRUARY 1 UPDATE: The third instalment of DreamWorks Animation’s family franchise opened top of the chats but scored the lowest debut in the series as overall box office for the top 12 climbed 25% on last week.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' sets $200m IMAX record

26-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The Force Awakens is now the second-highest grossing IMAX release of all time.

'The Revenant' storms ahead in US on $16m

24-Jan-2016 | By

Fox/New Regency’s revenge drama reached to the top of the North American charts in its fifth weekend as Winter Storm Jonas ravaged the East Coast and according to some estimates knocked off 10% of potential overall earnings.

Ride Along 2

'Ride Along 2' cruises to US title on $41.6m

17-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 18 UPDATE: Universal’s comedy sequel opened at number one and dethroned Star Wars: The Force Awakens after five sessions at the top.

Star Wars The Force Awakens at The Great Wall of China

'The Force Awakens', 'Sherlock' enter top five in China Video

12-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Foreign titles re-entered the weekly chart after the blackout as Star Wars and Sherlock claimed top and third spot, respectively.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' first to cross $800m in North America

10-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: A confirmed $42.4m fourth weekend propelled Star Wars: The Force Awakens to $812.7m as the worldwide tally reached $1.73bn.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Force Awakens' targets #2 all-time global rank

7-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens could soar as high as $2.25bn worldwide to finish behind Avatar in the all-time pantheon, according to a former high-ranking studio executive.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Force Awakens' tops US all-time chart

6-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 7 UPDATE: The latest accolade for Disney/ Lucasfilm’s behemoth arrived on Wednesday as it overtook the five-year record of Avatar to become the biggest film ever at the North American box office on $764.4m.

Disney grossed $5.85bn in 2015

5-Jan-2016 | By

The Walt Disney Studios announced its record-breaking calendar year results as combined grosses for all releases amounted to $5.845bn – the second biggest score ever behind Universal’s $6.88bn from last year.

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'Force Awakens' Disney's biggest North American release

1-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 1 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – already Disney’s biggest film in North America since Thursday – is on the cusp of being crowned the biggest release of 2015.

Jurassic World

US box office hits $11bn in 2015

27-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 29 UPDATE: Combined grosses reached $11bn in North America on Tuesday according to Rentrak, powered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World. This was the first time Hollywood achieved the feat – at least when unadjusted for inflation.

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