Category: Box Office

Box Office: Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky Experiment, Explained

Steven Soderbergh loves movies and storytelling too much to stay away. That’s why his highly publicized retirement never really took. Within a year of “quitting” directing, he was hard at work directing every episode of The […]

The Fallout From the Summer of Pain: Suffering Movie Theaters, Spooked Film Financiers, Contraction & China Anxiety

I feel like I’ve written this article before. In fact, I know I have. In the 5 years of this site’s existence, I’ve written the obituary for the film industry multiple times. The sky, it […]

Box Office: Detroit and Atomic Blonde Illustrate the Limits of Treating Ticket-Buying Decisions as Social Activism

Failure, not success, will be the true arbiter of the future of Hollywood’s diversity initiative. Hit movies happen all the time for a variety of reasons, usually coming down to some hard-to-replicate combination of being […]

Box Office: Is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Plants a Noble Failure? Or Just a Failure-Failure?

This article acts as both my box office report about and film review of Valerian. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a failure but is it a noble one whose ambition should […]

Box Office Ruh-Oh?: Spider-Man: Homecoming On Pace To Be Just as Front-Loaded as Amazing Spider-Man 2 & Spider-Man 3

This weekend’s box office was supposed to be the heavyweight match between Spider-Man: Homecoming and War of the Planet of the Apes, with the latter serving as the underdog in this scenario. Could War, even with […]

Wonder Woman’s Box Office is a Reminder That Hollywood Can Still Sometimes Catch Lightning in a Bottle

The Hollywood Reporter pulled in plenty of eyeballs recently with its headline that Wonder Woman is now the most resilient superhero movie of the last 15 years (meaning it has built off of its opening […]

Box Office: Hollywood Has an R-Rated Comedy Problem

I am a sucker for big dumb comedies. When friends at my high school were trying to get me into Monty Python, Christopher Guest and Mr. Show I was happily consuming sitcoms, Jim Carrey comedies […]

Box Office: Indie Films to the Rescue?

There comes a moment every summer where audiences turn on blockbusters and cry out for cinematic nourishment, not mere empty calories. This used to be the moment when some indie something or other would come […]

Box Office: Wonder Woman Is Now the Most Resilient Superhero Movie Since the First Spider-Man

Wonder Woman is kind of a big deal. You don’t need to know anything about the film’s box office performance to know that. Simply browse social media, drop in on some podcasts, check out a […]

Box Office: The Mummy, Dark Universe & When Studios Stop Caring About the Domestic Audience

The Mummy is a flop. I want so badly to be able to say that. The Mummy is a terrible, terrible movie that says quite a lot of unflattering things about the people who made […]