Box Office Barometer 7-25-11: A Look Back At Captain America’s Casting Rumors

Captain America opened this weekend to a healthy $65.8 million.  This figure is one of the reasons that Disney bought Marvel for $1 billion: they can pump out movies for better-than-average returns.  Accordingly, the actors themselves are not as important as the title of the comic, a sentiment that’s backed by Grantland.  Since the role … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 7-18-11: We Need A New Movie Metric

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke records for biggest midnight showing ($43.5 million), biggest domestic cume ($168.5 million), biggest international cume ($307 million), and biggest global cume ($475.5 million).  It also had the biggest Friday showing ($92.1 million), and the world record for most world records broken (Hey Arnold! reference).  But when … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-6-11: Prequel vs. Sequel

Last week, there was no Box Office Barometer because of Memorial Day (the writer took the time off to drown some of his sorrows in Las Vegas!!!!).  So, to make up for it, let’s compare last week’s #1 movie to this weeks! Granted, The Hangover 2 is a sequel and X-Men: First Class is a … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 4-11-11: The State of the Actresses

Out of the top 10, only two movies had female leads. Hanna placed #3, and Soul Surfer placed #4, and according to Deadline, both movies over-performed.  Apparently, $12.3 million and $11.1 million are over-performing.  For the highest profile new release based on a male character, Arthur earned $12.6 million for #2, which is considered underperforming. … Continue reading

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Frankenstein: Twilight in Disguise

Summit Entertainment acquired the screen rights for This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.  It’s about young Victor Frankenstein’s quest to save his brother Konrad with the help of his friend Elizabeth.  Don’t be fooled: it’s just another attempt to replicate Twilight.  Included in its description on Deadline: “There are betrayals along the way … Continue reading

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