Box office: fifth straight week at the top for Black Panther

On to movie đŸŽ„ box office news, now. I notice that Black Panther is at the top of the box office totals yet again. This weekend, it hauled in $27 million to be the first movie since Avatar to finish first five weekends in a row, with an overall domestic haul so far of $605…

Cars 3 races to $53.5 million on Father’s Day weekend!

Box office news: Cars 3 has halted Wonder Woman’s two-week reign atop the domestic box office. Lightning McQueen and the rest of the race cars finished with $53.5 million to the DC superheroine’s $40.8 million. You’d think Disney would be pleased. Unfortunately, this is the worst opening ever for a Cars movie. The first Cars…

Hey, Entourage fans. About those film critics? Ignore them all.

I went to the Entourage movie last night, despite its embarrassing Rotten Tomatoes score of 31 percent. Well, I guess I’m with the 31 percent, then, because I liked it. These four guys may be long in the tooth, but I was just happy to see them on screen again. Plus, I liked the eye candy in…

Box office news: this past weekend was the slowest of the year

I wasn’t at the movies this weekend, and based on the weekend results, neither were most of you. Guardians of the Galaxy hauled in just $10.16 million, and that was enough to win the box office. As I said before, welcome to the dead season at the cinemas.

Thoughts about “Puerto, Mexico” in 22 Jump Street

Since I know so many local people who love vacationing in Mexico, I thought I would mention that 22 Jump Street , which I saw this week, had some scenes set in a place called Puerto, Mexico. I thought maybe they were referring to Puerto Vallarta, but in fact this turned out to be a…

Remembering the “Creature features” of the Drive-ins

Here is my recent Cairns on Cinema column in which I lament the disappearance of the old drive-in movie theaters and the unique genres of movies that used to play there, like biker movies, horror, bikini beach-blanket movies, and my favorite — the creature features. Nowadays, the only venues for quirky, cheesy low-budget creature features…

Not much interest in Cameron Diaz and her ‘Sex Tape’

It was the usual business we have come to expect this past weekend for the movies, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finishing first again. Meanwhile that supposed comedy Sex Tape starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel bombed with the critics and audiences last weekend. It only mustered $15 million for a fourth…

“Apes” net $73 mil, but summer box office is still a dud

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a big hit at the box office and with the critics as well this weekend, with a domestic haul of $73 million to crush the weekend box office. As expected, though, while it was a strong showing by the Apes, it was still nowhere near enough to…

Tribute to Steve Rossi of Allen and Rossi fame

Came across this recent post up at Mark Evanier’s blog about the passing of Steve Rossi of the old Allen and Rossi comedy team (together with Marty Allen). Interesting stuff about how Martin and Lewis inspired the creation of these copycat comedy teams in the Fifties and Sixties. as well as some of Allen and…

Transformers: Age of Extinction box office proves franchise is not extinct

Well, it seems clear based on the $100 mil domestic/$300 mil international showing of Transformers: Age of Extinction that the American appetite for the Transformers franchise — or, for that matter, total crap at the theatres — remains strong. I think that sums up my thoughts on the matter.

Godzilla has met his match in X-Men: Days of Future Past

It is a $111 million haul for the four-day Memorial Day weekend for X-Men: Days of Future Past . The big green monster was knocked to second, while Adam Sandler and his new movie Blended just got killed in third. The story here.

Godzilla!!!!

I spent Day Two of my much-needed four-day long weekend at the movies today in the big city watching Godzilla in 3D. All I have to say is that any serious fan of monster movies will enjoy this. For an early look at its expected huge $90 million-plus box office weekend opening, here’s the writeup…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hauls in $92 million

For a look at the domestic box office results for this, the first weekend of Summer Blockbuster season, here is a rundown from Forbes of the big winning weekend for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

My 2014 Summer Box Office Preview is now up

Here is the link to my column previewing the 2014 Summer Blockbuster Season at the movie box office, which begins this weekend with the opening tonight of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Also, here is my movie column from a week ago where I look back at some highlights of the first four months of 2014…

Box office recap: Johnny Depp is clearly no Captain America

The news from the weekend domestic box office is not so much that Captain America: The Winter Soldier won for the third week in a row. No, it’s that Johnny Depp was box office POISON in Transcendence. The full story of the weekend results here.

Entertainment update: Captain America wins again, and other stuff

Just dumping all the latest movie and TV news into this post here. Heard that Captain America: The Winter Soldier took home the domestic box office for a second weekend, with $41.3 million which was just ahead of Rio 2. And even though it was the beginning of the final Mad Men season last night,…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier sets April box office record

I’m bored, so I am posting the box office results. It looks like Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a massive domestic weekend, hauling in $96.2 million. That sets an April record, according to Box Office Mojo, beating Fast Five by $10 million. This flick also took in an international haul of $207 million including…

Mr. Peabody and Sherman wins the weekend box office

I was really, really happy to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman win the weekend box office in its second week. The reason is entirely nostalgia driven. I was a big fan of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons that aired on American cable TV when I was a kid, so I knew all about Peabody and…

RIP Hollywood voiceover artist Hal Douglas, 89

Found out this week that Hal Douglas, who lent his voice to countless Hollywood trailers, has died this week at age 89. You voice-over fans may remember him not just for his endless movie trailer work, but also for being the voice of the promos you heard on A&E network and also the WB. It…

BOX OFFICE: ANCHORMAN 2 FINISHES AT NUMBER 2

To be really honest I thought Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues would do better business than $26 million this weekend. It ended up getting beat by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Overall, it’s a $40 million five-day domestic haul for Ron Burgundy and crew, which doesn’t seem like a blockbuster performance, but as Forbes’ Scott…

“GRAVITY” DEFIES BOX OFFICE GRAVITY

The opening weekend for the new sci-fi thriller Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was a big one indeed — $55 million domestic, in fact, for one of the best October opens in years. In fact, it is a record, beating the $52 million Paranormal Activity 3 recorded in 2011. This is proof that…

$55 MIL WEEKEND FOR THE WOLVERINE WAS, UH, OKAY, I GUESS

Well, for the last few weeks we have had some clear big hits (Man of Steel, Despicable Me 2) and some clear-cut flops (The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D et.al.) at the movie box office. This week we have The Wolverine, one of the X-Men spinoffs, and nobody knows what to make of it. It made $55…