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March 18, 2013 | 9:28 a.m.

‘Oz’ thumbs nose at critics, reigns at box office in week 2

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“Oz the Great and Powerful” was both at the box office for the second weekend in a row.  “Oz” is the biggest box office hit of 2013 thus far. The Walt Disney Studios production was No. 1 with $42.2 million, the Los Angeles Times’ Amy Kaufman reports.  “Oz” ratched up its domestic box office total to $145 million — this despite the overwhelming sentiment among movie reviewers that “Oz” lacks magic. The Miami Herald called it “an oppressive, bloated bore” and the New York Daily News wished it “had a brain. Or a heart. Or nerve.” The continued success of “Oz” was a shot in the arm the box office needed, analyst Paul Dergarabedian told the Associated Press.  The box office is down nearly 13% over last year. “There have been a lot of box-office casualties this year,” he said. But […]
March 04, 2013 | 12:57 p.m.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ joins $1 billion box-office club

Only a handful of movies make it to the billion-dollar box-office club, including "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Avatar." (Credits from left to right: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox)
Bilbo Baggins, you’re in some pretty elite company. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” crossed the $1-billion threshold this weekend, boosted by the film’s recent opening in China where it raked in $37.3 million in 10 days. The box-office haul means that the first installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel stands as one of the most successful movies of all time. PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’ “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” opened in the U.S. in December and went on to gross more than $300 million at the domestic box office. The film chronicles the initial leg of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) trek over the Misty Mountains to help Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his band of dwarf followers reclaim their lost treasure and their homeland. Despite its outsized performance around the world, it still […]
March 04, 2013 | 8:59 a.m.

‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ snuffed out at box office

“Jack the Giant Slayer” landed with a thud at the box office this weekend, the first official bomb of 2013. The film was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, but barely raked in a disappointing $28 million. The film, which cost nearly $200 million to make, is directed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) and stars Nicholas Hoult (“Warm Bodies”). It was released by New Line (“Lord of the Rings.”). The CGI-heavy film is a riff on the childhood favorite, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which ends with the ogre toppling to his death after he’s outwitted by a young boy. Well, you could say young boys and young men outwitted Hollywood movie executives in this instance too. The movie was made with them in mind. …. But they stayed away in droves. Our colleague Steven Zeitchik breaks down the reasons […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 4:27 p.m.

Valentine’s Day: Is ‘Good Day to Die Hard’ critically DOA?

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Valentine’s Day is usually reserved for roses and pillow talk, not action movies. Maybe that’s one reason why movie critics have pretty much declared “A Good Day to Die Hard” dead on arrival. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan called it an uninspired mess that sees Bruce Willis going through the motions in this fifth installment of the 25-year-old “Die Hard” franchise. The Wrap asked: “Does Bruce Willis still have it?” The Associated Press called the movie “pointless and joyless.” But don’t count John McClane out just yet. Movie industry analysts say “A Good Day to Die Hard” could bring in up to $55 million at the box office in its first five days. Bruce Nash, president of Nash Information Services, a movie industry research company, stopped short of calling the movie “critic proof.” But he told Hero Complex that most moviegoers will […]
Feb. 11, 2013 | 2:14 p.m.

Grammys 2013: A ‘Hunger Games’ Grammy win as Katniss looks to Oscar

Is this a sign of good things to come for “The Hunger Games” franchise? “The Hunger Games” took home a Grammy on Sunday night for “Safe & Sound,” a song on the film’s popular soundtrack. The honors went to Taylor Swift, T. Bone Burnett, John Paul White & Joy Williams in the category of song written for visual media. Now you might be thinking, “Hey, I watched the Grammys. I don’t remember that.” That’s because the honor was given out before the show began on CBS. Many fans found out via Swift’s tweet: WE JUST WON A GRAMMY FOR SAFE AND SOUND!!!!!!!!!! — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 10, 2013 The win comes as “The Hunger Games” and its star are on a roll. Jennifer Lawrence (who stars as Katniss Everdeen, of course) has been cleaning up this awards season, racking up […]
Feb. 04, 2013 | 8:42 a.m.

‘Warm Bodies’ has hot weekend: $20 million

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“Warm Bodies” defied box office expectations and staggered to a $20-million box office haul. The box office prospects for the zom-rom-com were unclear heading into the weekend. (A romantic film starring zombies?!? Would you want to kiss someone who ate brains for a living?) And, of course, it was Super Bowl weekend. Turns out not everyone was fixated on football, beer and chicken wings this weekend. Super Bowl Sunday: ‘Clean up those zombies. Now.’ IMDB’s Keith Simanton told Hero Complex that he had predicted “Warm Bodies” would win the weekend box office with a $17.4-million draw. He was right — the film won the weekend — but with a few extra millions to spare. “Warm Bodies” distributor Summit Entertainment told the Los Angeles Times the movie cleared $20 million, a number that could potentially shift higher once Sunday afternoon and […]
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