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Weekend Box Office: Madea Halloween Frightfully Good While Inferno Fizzles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/30/16 at 06:43 PM CT

It was a weekend repeat as Tyler Perry's latest Madea film held on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row. The only new film in wide release was the latest Dan Brown adaptation, and it was a major disappointment. The box office was down 32% compared to last weekend but showed a 23% improvement over the same weekend in 2015 - which was also the lowest-grossing weekend of th...

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New in Theaters October 28: Inferno

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/27/16 at 06:47 AM CT

With the box office finally heating up enough, I guess it's only appropriate that will add a little more heat to the fire. Dan Brown adaptations have been very good at the box office. Even though I still think both Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are both odd choices, The Da Vinci Code hit $217.5 million stateside and $758.2 million worldwide while the sequel Angels & Demons hit $133.3 million ...

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Passengers, Edge of Seventeen, Hidden Figures and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/26/16 at 10:01 AM CT

I was worried as I started this list this week as the first few movies on the MPAA Ratings Bulletin either didn't have a release date at all or only had an international date set up. Luckily, things picked up and this wound up being a solid week. We have the sci-fi adventure/romance with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, a coming-of-age tale that doesn't shy away from the tough issues and an upl...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 25-October 31

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/25/16 at 01:37 AM CT

"Lights Out" is a truly scary movie -- one of the best creepfests this year -- one that relies on psychological chills and spooky appearances in the dark rather than gore. When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out ... and now...

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Weekend Box Office: Madea Scares the Pants Off Jack Reacher, Ouija for Big Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/23/16 at 07:21 PM CT

It looks like Tyler Perry can rest easy as Madea is still a crowd-pleasing charmer while Tom Cruise is probably still going to come out on top with Jack Reacher in the long run. Finally, the fall has its first big weekend with the top 12 coming in a full 20% ahead of the same weekend as last year and 28% above last weekend. While Ouija held its own, Keeping Up with the Joneses was an unmitigated ...

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New in Theaters Oct. 21: Jack Reacher Never Go Back, Madea Halloween, Ouija Origin of Evil, Joneses

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/20/16 at 06:43 AM CT

It's about to get very crowded at the box office. It has been a rough few weeks since September, with no films really being able to break out on its own. With an influx of so many new films, it may be hard once again for any of the movies to stand out. The best shot may lie with Tom Cruise and the Jack Reacher sequel - but it has plenty of competition. You have the return of Tyler Perry's Madea, ...

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Arrival, Split, Rock Dog and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/19/16 at 10:40 AM CT

After a couple of weeks of some major ratings releases, things are once again slowing down.This week we have just a trio of big movies this week, with a previously R-rated horror film getting a more audience-friendly PG-13 re-rate. The two new ones include a pretty interesting-looking alien invasion film that looks to be more cerebral than your typical offering. There is also an upcoming animated...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 18-October 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/18/16 at 04:59 AM CT

"Café Society" is a shining gem amongst all the drek of this year's remakes and reimaginings. Woody Allen's latest bout of nostalgia -- a witty, literate, loving, good-natured and bittersweet look at life, love, dreams and aspirations -- is set in the 1930s and follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg), the son of a jeweler, who travels to Hollywood an...

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Weekend Box Office: The Accountant Adds Up to Win, Kevin Hart Takes Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/16/16 at 07:15 PM CT

Once again we have an adult-leaning drama taking first place, but once again the box office can only hold up to middling numbers. Compared to last year, the weekend was down 21% and it was down 7.4% compared to last weekend when The Girl on the Train opened. This means that Hollywood still hasn't gotten its footing this fall, and with October halfway done, it's looking grimmer and grimmer that th...

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New in Theaters October 14: The Accountant, Kevin Hart: What Now?, Max Steel

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/13/16 at 06:45 AM CT

The Girl on the Train steamrolled Birth of a Nation last weekend but the fall continued to be downbeat for Hollywood as it continued the downward trend that has been happening since September. Will Ben Affleck and his mad accounting skills be enough to turn things around? Well, we also have Kevin Hart, whose past stand-up films have also been a boon at the box office. Finally we have a teen super...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 11-October 17

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/12/16 at 01:34 PM CT

What a rotten year for movies -- the major studios have given us nothing but half-baked sequels and redos and unless a barrage of good films comes out between now and the end of the year, we'll have to call this one of the worst years on record (our favs so far: "The Lobster," "The Nice Guys," "10 Cloverfield Lane," "Hail, Caesar!" " High-Rise," "De Palma" and "The N...

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Assassin's Creed, A Dog's Purpose, Collateral Beauty and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bullletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/12/16 at 11:19 AM CT

Last week brought a veritable avalanche of new ratings and this week, the good times keep rolling. We have yet another films that is going to attempt the unenviable feat of successfully transferring from a video game to the big screen (a feat that more often than not ends in failure). We also have a tear-jerker about seeing life through the eyes of man's best friend and a likewise emotional journ...

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Weekend Box Office: Girl on the Train Barrels to Win, Birth of a Nation Falters

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/09/16 at 07:27 PM CT

Two big films were on display this weekend, but only one managed to win over audiences. That would be Emily Blunt and her mystery thriller - The Girl on the Train, which easily topped the box office. Meanwhile, all the controversy surrounding Birth of a Nation didn't drum up much interest from audiences as the film couldn't even crack the top five. Neither could the kid-friendly Middle School: Th...

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New in Theaters October 07: Birth of a Nation, Girl on the Train, Middle School: The Worst Years

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/06/16 at 06:47 AM CT

Man, why the all the long titles this week? I can't fit them all in so you'll just have to get your full due below. In any case, despite opening to some bigger numbers, October couldn't quite shake off the fall blahs that plagued September. Other than the standout Sully, Hollywood is still looking for the next big thing to come along and shake up the box office. Luckily this week brings in some h...

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Hacksaw Ridge, Jack Reacher, Beauty and the Beast, Great Wall and More in This Week's MPAA Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/05/16 at 10:03 AM CT

Ask and ye shall receive. So many weeks I only get one or two - maybe three big movies, but this week the floodgates have opened. A Jack Reacher sequel, Matt Damon fighting monster on the Great Wall of China, a live-action Beauty and the Beast, a couple of war films and an unconventional love story - man oh man, if only every week could be this exciting. So sit back, relax and let the wave of ne...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 4-October 10

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/04/16 at 09:51 AM CT

"The Purge -- Election Year" is the third -- and last entry --in the highly creative "Purge" trilogy, which began in 2013 with Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey's wealthy family being attacked by purgers on the only night of the year when any and all crimes --including murder -- are legal. The second entry, "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), revolves around three groups of...

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Weekend Box Office: Miss Peregrine Tops Deepwater Horizon While Masterminds Stumbles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/02/16 at 06:53 PM CT

While Hollywood is going in the right direction with a couple of solid openings after a September filled with diminishing returns, it still couldn't hold a candle to last year, when Matt Damon led with The Martian.The top twelve films hit $106.4 million while last year the same films brought in $142.7 million. Still, at least things are headed in the right direction, the question in whether Octob...

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