Box Office: Transformers 2 passes $200-million

In another sign that cinefantastique rules the summer box office,  TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN made its debut at #1 despite spite of overwhelmingly negative critical reactions. Michael Bay’s explosive sequel to TRANSFORMERS earned an estimated $112-million in over 4,200 North American theatres over the three-day span from Friday through Sunday. The added revenue from …

Box Office: Year One bows at #4

This was one of those relatively rare weekends when horror, fantasy, and science fiction did not dominated the box office, mostly because no new titles were released. The one Borderland genre item, YEAR ONE, made its debut in over North American 3000 theatres; the prehistoric comedy, which stars Jack Black and Michael Cera, earned an …

Transformers 2 is #1 overseas, Terminator 4 is #2

Hollywood Reporter informs us that TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, which opened in only a couple of major foreign markets last week, nevertheless managed to blast its way to the top of the overseas box office charts, earning nearly $20-million in Japan and England. The sequel outperformed the opening of the original TRANSFORMERS film in …

Box Office: Imagine That opens in 6th; Moon rises in limted release

New films failed to unseat established winners at the nation’s box office this weekend. IMAGINE THAT, starring Eddie Murphy – the only cinefantastique to debut in wide release – opened in just over 3,000 theatres, where it earned a measly $5.7-million, landing in sixth place. The weekend’s other genre debut, the low-budget MOON, opened in …

"Up" stays up at the box office

Pixar’s 3-D animated blockbuster UP remained aloft at the box office during its second weekend in theatres, despite strong competition from THE HANGOVER, which made its debut in second place. Meanwhile, the weekend’s big science fiction film debut, LAND OF THE LOST, came in a distant third. UP earned $44.24-million, raising its two-week total to …

"Salvation" terminates $3-million at midnight

Variety reports that midnight screenings of TERMINATOR SALVATION last night (technically, this morning) earned$3-million, launching the extended Memorial Day weekend with an early explosive bang. By way of comparison, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE earned almost $5-million at midnight screenings, and WATCHMEN took in $4.6-million the midnight before its official opening. TERMINATOR SALVATION is in 3,580 theatres …

Angels & Demons warps past Star Trek and Wolverine

Science fiction and fantasy films had launched the summer box office season to a great start thanks to STAR TREK and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, but this weekend they were passed up by the debut of ANGELS & DEMONS, director Ron Howard’s sequel to his 2006 blockbuster. Not to worry: both TREK and WOLVERINE posted strong …

Star Trek boldly goes overseas

Variety reports that Paramount Pictures is going all-out with publicity for their new STAR TREK film, which opens tomorrow evening. In particular, there has been a big promotional push overseas, where the previous films have not done particularly well. Typically, big franchises earn hafl their revenues – or more – internationally, but the biggest grossing …

Box Office: Dragonball debut is a dud

The weekend’s one fantasy film debut, DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION, was a dud at the box office. Directed by James Wong (FINAL DESTINATION), the adaptation of the popular anime franchise failed to ignite despite the presence of Chow Yun-Fat (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) and James Marsters (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). Making its debut in 2,181 North American theatres, …

Box Office: Monsters not so Fast & Furious

The debut of FAST & FURIOUS took #1 at the box office, forcing last week’s win-place-and-show trio of fantasy, horror, and science fiction – MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, and KNOWING – into second, third, and fourth place, respectively. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS earned $33.5-million its sophomore session, for a two-week total of $105.7-million. …