This time a year ago, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ opened amid a firestorm of debate – not just about its content and quality (which divided many viewers), but about the High Frame Rate 48 fps photographic format that Peter Jackson chose to shoot it in. This week’s release of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ (ugh, that title…) will likewise be screened in a variety of projection formats – from 2D to 3D, and from standard speed to HFR. Knowing what you do about how the first one turned out, in which theatrical format will you choose to watch the sequel? Or will you not bother to see this one at all?
As North America was engulfed in a cold front that caused temperatures to plummet below freezing across the majority of the lower 48 states, moviegoers opted to see the chilliest of the major theatrical releases. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ climbed into first place in its second wide weekend. Adding another $31.6 million to its haul, the animated musical has now earned $132.4 million domestically. Continue Reading
Following the huge Thanksgiving success of the ‘Hunger Games’ sequel and Disney’s ‘Frozen’, this week has no big new films debuting to compete with those. However, that doesn’t mean you should sit this weekend out. We’re going full steam ahead into awards season! Continue Reading
As expected, the ‘Hunger Games’ sequel held onto the top the spot at the box office. Not only did the movie win the actual weekend with $74.5 million, it dominated the Thanksgiving holiday week as well. After ten days, ‘Catching Fire’ has pulled in $296.5 million domestically and $573 million worldwide, which is only $118 million away from the total of the first film. However, don’t assume that it was the only winner this holiday weekend. Continue Reading
Even though a couple of new movies debut wide during the Thanksgiving holiday, you should really be paying attention to the titles that are expanding from limited release.
‘Thor’, the God of Thunder, was dethroned this weekend… by a girl! Out of the way, ‘Twilight’. Your $142.8 million November record has been smashed!
Can this week’s most hyped new release crack $175 million? Many analysts seem to think so.