Happy 50th Anniversary to Herbie the Love Bug!

As I am reminded watching NASCAR today, this past week marks the 50th anniversary of the wide release of Disney’s The Love Bug — rated “G”. (Gee, nothing is rated “G” anymore.) That’s right, folks, Herbie is 50 years old. Happy birthday, Herbie! (This post, no doubt, should be of big interest to my brother…

$751.8 million worldwide for Aquaman as we end 2018!

Here is the story from Hollywood Reporter on the box office numbers so far for Aquaman, as it enters 2019 having grossed an incredible $751.8 million worldwide. Over $188 million of it is from the domestic market where it just finished No. 1 for the second weekend in a row, with a haul of $52…

Halloween comes early to the box office! $77.5 million!!

The one thing I notice about October at the box office is that it is usually always a good month for horror movies. This was a very big opening weekend for Halloween. This latest reboot of the original starring Jamie Lee Curtis opened to a big domestic haul of $77.5 million. This is the second…

Burt Reynolds: RIP

RIP Burt Reynolds of Evening Shade and Boogie Nights fame, and Cannonball Run, and Striptease and The Longest Yard, etc, etc. Me, I’ll always remember him from the Smokey and the Bandit movies, that was Reynolds at the height of his fame.

Mission: Impossible franchise shows no sign of slowing down

As expected, it was a big box office weekend for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. $61.5 million domestic, and $153.5 million globally. Clearly, this franchise, which I like to refer to as “Mission: Ridiculous” (because of all of Tom Cruise’s ridiculous and bone-breaking stunts) shows no sign of fatigue.

Dwayne Johnson falls off the Skyscraper in this weekend’s Box Office

The movie box office results are in for this weekend and I am quite surprised to learn that the new Dwayne Johnson action movie Skyscraper landed with a thud. It finished not second but third, behind Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and the second weekend of Ant-Man and the Wasp. Skyscraper opened with a lousy…

Marvel wins yet again! Ant-Man and the Wasp win the weekend

Long-awaited movie 🎥 box office news: Ant-Man and the Wasp opened to $76 million domestic which makes this the 20th consecutive No.1 opening for a Marvel Studios movie. Eventually, the public will tire of Marvel superhero movies. I don’t know when, but they will one day.

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

On to movie 🎥 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.