ENDING SUMMER WITH A BANG As summer playtime expands further into August, Sony/Revolution’s "XXX" takes aim at the month’s top bows. All but "American Pie 2" came in August’s first frame. &…
The B.O. notion of a rising tide lifting all boats has been debunked of late, with "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and "Signs" opening spectacularly as the B.O. has shrunk.
"Men in Black" is raking in tidy sums but not proving anywhere near as potent abroad or at home the second time around. Sequels often open at a lower trajectory than the first edition, then fade fast.
M. Night Shyamalan's Mel Gibson starrer "Signs" cut a big No. 1 out of the weekend box office, with Disney sci-fi suspenser gathering an estimated $60.3 million in opening grosses
This summer overseas generally is generating the wrong kind of heat: sweltering weather but tepid B.O. Among the culprits: "Men in Black II" has underperformed in Japan and Australia, and the early…
You won't catch Hollywood distribution execs talking about the dog days of August this year. Continuing the summer distribution pattern of recent years, several distribs will unleash some of their…
LATE SUMMER RALLY Once known as a dumping ground, August has become an increasingly viable time in which to launch. "Signs" kicks off the month today…
Thanks to tentpole tactics, Sony continued to dominate the box office throughout July, ringing up $301 million -- the best ever for a studio during the midsummer sesh. The bulk of Sony's take was…
New Line's superspy "Austin Powers" socked the British B.O. over the weekend, while Mexican auds dined out on "Stuart Little 2" and South Koreans flocked to "Minority Report." But, most of Europe…
Cinema admissions continued to roar ahead in the U.K., with a 30% rise in June compared with the same frame last year.