Category: Box Office

Career Box Office Milestones for Directors Will Soon Morph Into Simple Reflections of Who Made the Most Marvel Movies

Steven Spielberg, as the internet has been happy to report, just became the first director to cross $10 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s neat. What does it mean, exactly? Not much. It simply […]

Box Office: Rampage Is a China-Pandering Blockbuster That Doesn’t Actually Pander to China

Rampage opened bigger in China than it did in North America and hardly anyone batted an eye. With Hollywood blockbusters, we’ve just come to expect this. Ditto for Pacific Rim: Uprising, Tomb Raider, and Ready […]

Box Office: Black Panther Didn’t Need China. Ready Player One Does. What’s Hollywood to Do Now?

Earlier this year, Black Panther became one of the biggest films of all time at the worldwide box office largely without China’s help. That, combined with the ongoing trend of Star Wars movies annually cracking […]

A Wrinkle in Time’s Box Office: They Can’t All Be Black Panther

Ava DuVernay knew A Wrinkle in Time wasn’t going to be the movie to push T’Challa from the box office throne, and she was right. Wrinkle in Time, the first film with a budget of […]

What Do You Think Shape of Water’s Best Picture Win Means to Disney and Bob Iger?

Two business podcasts. Two different answers to the same question: What do you think Shape of Water’s Best Picture win meant to Disney CEO Bob Iger? He is, after all, the guy in the process […]

Box Office: Black Panther & The Myth That Black Films Don’t Travel

Another February. Another black-led film breaking box office records. Last year, it was Jordan Peele’s Get Out; this year, it’s Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. At this point, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore. When underserved audiences […]

The Slowest Sundance Film Festival Ever, Explained

The same pattern keeps repeating itself throughout film history: as one revenue source dries up another emerges like some great savior from above. Hollywood has proven especially adept at chasing these endless sources of new […]

BTW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Now the Highest-Grossing Christmas Week Release of All Time

Nearly a dozen new movies opened in theaters over Christmas week last year. Some flopped (Father Figures). Others flourished (The Greatest Showman). And yet others still haven’t made their way to the rest of the […]

Box Office: What About Everything Not Named Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

When it comes to this weekend’s box office, this picture from Twitter just about nails it: One for I, TONYA, please. — ʙʀʏᴀɴ✨ᴄʜᴏᴊɴᴏᴡsᴋɪ (@BryanInSpace) December 15, 2017 It was Star Wars, Star Wars, and, […]

Box Office: How Does Coco Compare to Disney/Pixar’s Prior Thanksgiving Releases?

I know Coco’s a box office hit, mostly because the headlines keep telling me it is: But exactly how big of a hit are we talking here? It grossed $50 million domestic over Thanksgiving weekend, […]