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Box Office: ‘Oz’ Great and Powerful with $80 Million Opening

Though the sky’s not the limit, the opening weekend gross for “Oz the Great and Powerful” is certainly over the rainbow. Disney’s fantasy prequel earned $24.1 million Friday, and is looking at a three-day take close to $80 million. This is great news for the Mouse after last weekend’s domestically disappointing “Jack the Giant Slayer”...


Box Office Report: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Wipes Out on Friday, May Not Hit $25 Million

Jack the Giant Slayer

Hollywood is bracing for another down weekend as new entries "21 and Over" and "Last Exorcism Part II" also turn in soft performances, while independent thriller "Phantom" is looking at one of the worst openings of all time. read more


Box office: 'Identity Thief' steals top spot from 'Warm Bodies' on Friday

Identity Theft

"Identity Thief" topped the box office on Friday night, scoring $11.2 million despite the fact that much of the Eastern seaboard was buried under a massive snowfall. The Universal comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, is performing beyond expectations and should earn a strong $34 million or so for the weekend. Studios are unsure how the blizzard will affect the rest of the weekend, as many theaters in New England are closed. http://www.hitfix.com


Box Office Report: 'Mama' Wins Big Friday With $10.1 Mil; Schwarzenegger's 'Last Stand' Bombs

Jessica Chastain

The governator's first leading role in nearly a decade is looking at a 10th place finish for the long MLK holiday weekend; "Silver Linings Playbook" surges as it expands nationwide. New horror pic Mama and holdover Zero Dark Thirty -- both starring Jessica Chastain -- easily topped the Friday box office with $10.1 million and $4.6 million, respectively.


Weekend Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Leads Friday, 'Texas Chainsaw' Plummets

Zero Dark Thirty

The Friday box office estimates for "Zero Dark Thirty" are in and they are looking good. While it has been playing in limited theaters since Dec. 19, the controversial Kathryn Bigelow movie had its wide release on Friday. "Zero Dark Thirty" made $9 million across 2,937 theaters. The torture scenes in the movie have been the subject of debate, with the most recent input from Sony co-chair Amy Pascal.


Holiday Box Office: Tom Cruise's 'Reacher,' Judd Apatow's 'This is 40' No Match For 'Hobbit'

The Hobbit

Traffic was sluggish at the multiplex on Friday as a crush of new movies -- including Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher and Judd Apatow's This Is 40 -- competed with one another for the attention of moviegoers already distracted by holiday preparations. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey beat both new films to stay at No. 1, grossing $10.2 million for an eight-day domestic cume of $123.3 million.


Box Office Report: 'The Hobbit' Tops Friday With $37.5 Million, a December Best

The Hobbit

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is living up to expectations, grossing $37.5 million to score the biggest Friday ever in the month of December. Overseas, the film's three-day gross (it began rolling out Wednesday) is $57 million, putting its world total at $94.5 million.


Box Office Report: Moviegoers Feast on Holiday Titles, 'Pi' Catches Up With 'Guardians'

Life of Pi

Hollywood is on course for record Thanksgiving grosses; among holdovers, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" and "Skyfall" jump the $200 million mark domestically... Ang Lee's Life of Pi, conversely, is easily outpacing tracking and should finish the five-day stretch with a $30 million debut for 20th Century Fox.

Senh: I'm surprised it's doing so well. It just looks like an ultra-expensive indie. Good to see it doing well, though.


Box Office Report: 'Breaking Dawn 2' Lagging Behind Previous 'Twilight' Pic Domestically

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

But the final film in the blockbuster vampire series is overperforming overseas, where it's already earned $38.8 million; elsewhere, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is generating strong interest as it expands nationwide. read more


"Skyfall" Scores Explosive $30.8M at Friday's Box Office


After already banking $321M overseas in a couple of weeks, “Skyfall” has finally landed in U.S. yesterday, taking in a massive $30.8M, an opening day record for the fifty year franchise according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. With Thursday’s revenue from midnight and IMAX screenings, its total is $33M so far. For the weekend, it’s projected to pull in $80M-$90M, also a new opening record for the franchise.


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