Hey, there’s a new James Bond movie. And, to the surprise of exactly no one, it did quite well at the box office. Spectre didn’t quite reach the high bar set by Skyfall, but it still had the second biggest opening in the franchise’s 53-year, 24-film history. It didn’t dominate the box office alone, either. Those too young to enjoy a new 007 movie flocked to The Peanuts Movie, which also had a very strong start.
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You thought Halloween would see a horror movie lurch its way to the top of the box office? You thought wrong. Once again, The Martian took the number one spot at the box office this weekend, locking it in as the film of October 2015. Of the past five...
Netflix’s head of content acquisition Ted Sarandos has refrained from releasing subscription or content-specific streaming rates, mostly because he doesn’t have to. No larger presiding body has mandated that Netflix publicize its rates of success or failure, and so Sarandos has decided it’s in the company’s best interest to maintain a veil of secrecy over their operations. But in a new interview with Deadline, Sarandos surrendered a little ground and spoke about the playcount of the content streaming giant’s first foray into original scripted film programming, Cary Fukunaga’s brutal war picture Beasts of No Nation.
It was actually a pretty solid weekend at the box office for movies that weren’t brand new. If your movie was playing in its second, third, or even fourth week, you were fine. If your movie was a new release, you were in for a rough couple of days. While the The Martian, Goosebumps, and more showcased impressive legs, a huge batch of other movies faltered this weekend. At least five major releases fell flat on their faces.
China: They make people for Earth, stuff for America, and blockbusters for Hollywood. As one of the fastest-growing markets on the planet, Hollywood films constantly jockey for supremacy in the bustling, densely overpopulated China. And every now and then, the Chinese moviegoing public can provide an American film with a valuable infusion of box-office capital, certifying a smash hit or creating new ones from struggling pictures. This past weekend, the folks at Marvel Studios received a pleasant surprise via a reminder of China’s buying power when their Ant-Man performed impressively at the Asian box offices.
The success of Hotel Transylvania 2 proved that family-friendly horror-themed movies stand to make a whole bunch of cash when released in the vicinity of Halloween. Now, Goosebumps is here to ensure that we’ll be getting slightly scary kids’ movies every October for the foreseeable future. The adaptation of the popular book series opened at number one, riding a wave of nostalgia and family appeal to a very strong start, beating out some pretty serious competition.
Pan has had disaster written all over it for the better part of a year now, so it’s not surprising that Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin story stumbled in its opening weekend. However, no one was prepared for it to stumble as badly as it did as it ran face-first into The Martian and Hotel Transylvania 2.
Good reviews and a phenomenal marketing campaign did their job this weekend. No number of foot-in-mouth moments from Matt Damon could harm the opening weekend of The Martian, which opened in the number one spot at the box office. After a surprisingly robust September, this is another sign that we may very looking at one of the bigger fall movie seasons in quite some time.
There hasn’t been a proper family film in theaters since Minions opened in July, so it’s not surprising at all that Hotel Transylvania 2 cleaned up at the box office this weekend. Still, we didn’t imagine it cleaning up this well. This is the kind of opening weekend that guarantees us a Hotel Transylvania 3, for better or worse.
After a slow start, September 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty solid month for the box office. After last week’s solid numbers, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Black Mass picked up the baton and ran with it, leading another strong weekend.