Godzilla: King of the Box Office, er, I mean Monsters

Couldn’t resist that line. Godzilla: King of the Monsters took the domestic box office with a haul of $49 million, and adds another $130 million from overseas markets. While it seems like a good performance, this is actually the all-time worst performance in the MonsterVerse. That Elton John biopic Rocketman also opened this weekend and…

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…

The last word on the Oscar show

By any standard this year’s Oscar snow was a big success. The show ran shorter than usual (it’s amazing what cutting out Jimmy Kimmel’s usual waste-of-time live crashing of the local cinemas could do to the length of the show), there were unexpected upsets (Glenn Close losing Best Actress!) and even Spike Lee finally won…

Alita: Battle Angel hauls in $27 million at the weekend box office

Movie box office news now. For a long time, all the top talk was about how Alita: Battle Angel was going to be this huge expensive flop at the cinemas. This is despite the fact that its producer James Cameron and its director Robert Rodriguez were both involved in its making. The numbers are in…

My annual Box Office Year in Review is now up!

My Cairns on Cinema column on 2018 at the box office is now up! Congrats to domestic box office champ Black Panther, $700 million, and to the worldwide champ Avengers: Infinity War, $2.05 billion! And to the year’s flops, my condolences. Onwards to 2019, movie fans.

$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…

Congrats, Incredibles 2!

My Cairns on Cinema column has been up for a week, in which I congratulate Incredibles 2 on winning the summer box office race, after I declared Avengers: Infinity War ineligible for the title because it was released during the spring box office season. Yes, I had fun with this column this time.

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.

The Happytime Murders gets killed at the box office

The story of this past weekend at the box office was the dreadful showing of The Happytime Murders. The R-rated puppet show from Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) and starring Melissa McCarthy bombed at the cinemas, raking in under $10 million. It would have only needed to make about $25 million domestic to beat…

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.

Upset alert: Mamma Mia 2 LOSES at the weekend box office!

The movie box office surprises just keep on coming. This weekend, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was defeated, yes, defeated by Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington, $35.8 million to $34.4 million. While I am surprised by this turn of events, the truth is I am actually quite delighted. This latest retread sequel is straight…

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.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens to $150 million!

Here is the story on the opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest in the Jurassic franchise, which hauled in $150 million at the domestic box office. The worldwide haul is over $700 million. This haul is in spite of some very pronounced non-enthusiasm expressed by some critics, who are getting tired of all…

Week two box office for Solo is still going down, down, down!

Box office update. Solo: A Star Wars Story keeps on going down and down and down! Yes, they did take first place again at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row. You would think this achievement would be fantastic news. Folks, it is not fantastic when your weekend domestic haul is…

Deadpool 2 hauls in $125 million at box office, and more movie news

Here is my movie news update for this week. As expected, Deadpool 2 dominated the box office this weekend, raking in an impressive projected domestic haul of $125 million. This seems like a lot of money, but it is actually lower than industry projections, believe it or not. It still set some sort of minor…

Movie weekend: Deadpool 2 expected to dominate box office

Tonight was opening night for Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 2, with predictions this movie will have an opening weekend gross of at least $130 million domestic. We shall see what happens, but the three-week run at the top for Avengers: Infinity War should be over. Note for Canadian fans: this movie was shot in Vancouver….

Summer movie season begins with Avengers: Infinity War… already?!

My Cairns on Cinema column is already up about the upcoming Summer Blockbuster Movie Season (which traditionally starts the first week of May) and the place of Avengers: Infinity War within it. As you can tell, I am really not sure what to make of this movie. In particular, I don’t know whether to count…

Box office news: Black Panther no longer #1

With all my ranting and raving about 60 Minutes, I forgot to tell you about the movie box office news. The news is that Black Panther was finally toppled this weekend after five weeks in first place by Pacific Rim: Uprising. But don’t feel too sorry for this flick, because with a domestic haul of…

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…