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10:00 AM on 01.20.2014

Box Office Numbers: I Wanna Take You For A Ride

It's January folks. That means it's time to play catch up on all the movies you missed out on last year (I finally saw Gravity last weekend and I liked it alright) because there's absolutely nothing of value until February 7t...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.13.2014

Box Office Numbers: The Legend of Nopecules

While we were busy talking about some of the best films of 2013, 2014 farted out its worst film, The Legend of Hercules. According to Matt's review, it's absolutely terrible so go watch it if you like train wrecks. Instead, m...

Nick Valdez

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FlixList: Top 10 Worst Grossing Movies of 2013
by Sean Walsh

Since the dawn of time, there have been winners and there have been losers. There's no question about that. Sometimes, the winners deserve to win, like those damnable Colonial upstarts fighting for their freedom during the Revolutionary War. Sometimes, the winners decidedly don't deserve their glory (re: Edison v. Tesla). But the indisputable fact is that if there is to be a winner, there must be a loser.

Every year, hundreds of movies open across the country, across the world, and some will make a killing and others will limp their way through their times in theaters. And every year, for better or worse, there are some losers that lose harder than all the others. Below is the list of the ten worst grossing films of last year*. Some won't surprise you. Some might. Some might anger you. But that's the way of life. For every Iron Man 3, there must be a Movie 43. And that, dear friends, is why I drink.

*shown at at least 1000 theaters

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10:00 AM on 12.30.2013

Box Office Numbers: Last weekend of 2013 y'all

With five or so new movies releasing to theaters on Christmas Day, I had no idea what film would reign supreme. I figured with all of that competition The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug wouldn't snag the top spot again,...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.23.2013

Box Office Numbers: There and back again

Last week I had forgotten to predict a movie would win the weekend, and good thing I didn't because I would've been completely wrong here. I knew The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had at least another week, but man did...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.16.2013

Box Office Numbers: The Desolation of Smog

So China experiences a smog problem around the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and you think it's a coincidence? Think again buddy. You're looking at the best kind of viral marketing. An advertisement so strong...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.09.2013

Box Office Numbers: Freezer Burned

Last week I had predicted that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would run out of steam its third week out as Disney's Frozen would gain ground thanks to all of the positive buzz (stemming from Disney's biggest opening weekend ...

Nick Valdez

Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening  photo
Frozen had Disney Animation's biggest box office opening
by Nick Valdez

Ever since I walked out of Frozen (while giving it my highest review score ever) I've been on a constant Frozen hype train much to the dismay of my fellow Flixist editors. The film is the best thing Disney has put out in ages and I'm happy to report that its box office numbers reflect the quality. Although Frozen couldn't topple The Hunger Games: Catching Fire its opening weekend, it's done wonders for Disney as the film broke a lot of the company's records. 

According to Cartoon Brew, Frozen made $93 million over the five day holiday weekend (and $66 million starting from Friday) besting Disney Animation's former record holder, Wreck-It Ralph's $49 million dollar opening. Compare that to the last non-Pixar Disney Princess film, Tangled (which opened during the Thanksgiving holiday as well)'s $68 million and we've got a winner here. Although some might complain over Frozen's use of songs in the first 75 percent of the film, they're good enough to ease you in. Frozen deserves the money it earned. 

[via Cartoon Brew]

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2:33 PM on 12.02.2013

Oldboy may be one of the biggest bombs in recent history

Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy has been pretty much universally panned across the board. Some of this might be simply because the original never needed to be remade, but it's also because the movie just isn't that good. It...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 12.02.2013

Box Office Numbers: A Song of Ice and Fire

Last week after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set fire to all of the theaters, I had predicted that it still had another week sitting at number one despite a new Disney Princess film hitting last weekend. You know what? I w...

Nick Valdez

FlixList: The Ten Best Modern Box Office Turkeys photo
FlixList: The Ten Best Modern Box Office Turkeys
by Flixist Staff

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! To celebrate the carving of the bird, we here at Flixist decided to look into the recent past at box office failures (also called "turkeys") and list off some of our favorites. It's never fun to hear that a film has failed at the box office, but if an objectively terrible movie bombs then there's a glimmer of hope that maybe audiences are wising up and choosing things that are good.

But then you look at this list and see that that's not really the case. All of these movies should have made their budgets back and more, but the unfortunate reality of the box office meant that they will be looked down upon forever. But in the spirit of the holiday, we're thankful that at least these films got made. 

What are your favorite box office turkeys? And while we're on the subject: do you prefer white or dark meat? And how do you feel about fried vs. baked turkey?

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10:00 AM on 11.25.2013

Box Office Numbers: She's Just a Girl But She's On Fire

Last week I predicted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would do well because duh, but I had no idea it would practically blow up all theaters everywhere. Raking in over 160 million dollars it practically destroyed all competit...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 11.18.2013

Box Office Numbers: Nailin' the Best Man

I was worried for Thor a bit there this weekend. Coming in strong for some reason on Friday, The Best Man Holiday nearly made enough money to out hammer Thor's big hammer. But then Thor's hammer won over in the end when it ba...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.11.2013

Box Office Numbers: Hammer Down

Just as I predicted last week, Ender's Game didn't matter since Thor: The Dark World got audiences hammered last weekend. What I didn't see coming, however, was how much Ender's Game was going to get tossed by the wayside. Dr...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 11.04.2013

Box Office Numbers: Game On

This week's box office performances are dominated by Ender's Game, the development hell based on the movie based on the book. And don't worry, Orson Scott Card isn't getting a penny from box office performance. I know so...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.28.2013

Box Office Numbers: Everybody's Doing the Funky Grandpa

Toppling Gravity's astonishing four week box office domination (maybe that'll show Hollywood that people still want smart, original films) is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. While I figured it would do well, I had no idea...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Box Office Numbers: Defying Gravity

No movie has yet to defy Cuaron's Gravity, not even the recently released Carrie remake. But then again, who thought that'd be successful? It's basically copied and pasted from the De Palma version, right? I mean, what else c...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 09.02.2013

Box Office Numbers: The Butler couldn't do it again

Lee Daniels' The Butler reigned supreme for two weeks as it rode the wave of Oprah and Oscar pandemonium. Thought it was going to rule another week, but I suppose another sort of pandemonium (or FANdemonium) was strong enough...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.01.2013

Paramount looking to expand on "day-and-date" VOD indies

While going out to see a movie is getting more and more expensive, it makes smaller independent movies more of a risk to the consumer. Would you rather spend you ten dollars on a smaller film like Only God Forgives, or go wit...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 08.01.2013

Pacific Rim opens well in China, sequel more likely

While Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim has been a bit of a bust at the box office domestically, it's been doing quite well overseas. In fact, Pacific Rim had a record-setting opening day in China on Wednesday, grossing $...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 07.26.2013

Ticket prices are too damn high according to NATO

NATO, or better known as the National Association of Theater Owners, confirmed what most of us already knew. Seeing movies in theaters is getting too damn expensive. According to them, the average price of a movie ticket rose...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 07.10.2013

Disney predicting losses of $150 million for Lone Ranger

Since no one other than Liz seems to have seen Disney's The Lone Ranger (you should read her excellent Tonto discussion), you shouldn't be surprised that the film is performing poorly at the box office. In fact the film is do...

Nick Valdez