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Box office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ narrowly defeats ‘Grinch’ in sleepy pre-holiday weekend

LOS ANGELES: Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving. Another cartooned adventure almost gave “Ralph” a run for its money. Illumination and Universal’s “The Grinch” pocketed $15.2 million in its fifth outing, marking a decline of just 15 percent. Based on the Dr. Seuss classic holiday tale, “The Grinch” has made…

‘Halloween’ frightens off box office competition

LOS ANGELES: "Halloween" ruled the North American box office for a second week running, frightening off the competition as it raked in another $31.4 million, according to data released Monday by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, the low-budget Universal Pictures production recounts her character Laurie Strode's final confrontation with a masked homicidal maniac four decades after surviving his killing spree. The movie's return to the top spot over the three day weekend followed its $76.2…

‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2’ remains at top of box office, earns Rs15.7crore in three days

ARY Films, Salman Iqbal Films and Six Sigma Plus’ latest release ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2' remained on top of box office for the third day by earning Rs15.7crores in total, ARY News reported on Saturday. The movie- which also broke the record of second day collection and became the first local production to collect Rs10Crore at the box office in just two days- has earned Rs15.7 crore worldwide in three days of Eid. Released on Eid-ul-Adha, the movie is running to packed houses in Pakistan and abroad and managed to…

Better with age? Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Impossible’ tops box office

Improbable? Maybe, but "Mission Impossible -- Fallout," the sixth and latest stunt-filled edition of the Tom Cruise action franchise has topped the weekend box office in North America, outperforming the five earlier "Impossibles." The Paramount/Skydance production took in an estimated $61.5 million for the three-day weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations, more than quadrupling the $15 million earned by second-place "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." "Impossible" has 56-year-old Cruise, who famously…

‘Black Panther’ tops ‘Wrinkle’ as Disney dominates at the box office

"Black Panther" kept up its record-setting ways in North American theaters over the weekend, easily defeating a challenge from another Disney product, newly released "A Wrinkle in Time," to again dominate box offices, industry analysts said. The Disney/Marvel superhero collaboration took in an estimated $41.1 million for the three-day weekend, website Exhibitor Relations reported. That bumped it up to a domestic total of $562 million in its four weeks out, making it the seventh biggest domestic release ever. The film's…

Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film Bhoomi ‘flops’ at box office

Sanjay Dutt made a comeback after a long hiatus with his latest release Bhoomi and the flick hit theatres on September 22, but it failed to perform as per expectations, according to the Indian media reports. The film, made under Bhushan Kumar's T-Series banner and Legend Studios, saw the 58-year-old actor for the first time on the big screen after he completed his jail term. "We had expected more (numbers). We were expecting it to open really well because it was Sanjay's comeback film. We are disappointed," Omung said…

Stephen King’s ‘It’ earns Rs 2300 crore in one week, may overtake Exorcist as top horror film of all time

LOS ANGELES: Record-setting horror film "It", an adaptation of novel by Stephen King, continued its winning ways over the weekend, accounting for nearly three times the combined ticket sales of the next two films in North American theaters, industry websites reported on Sunday. The Warner Bros. film, based on a Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes a sleepy Maine town, earned more than $371 million (Rs 2300 crore) at the worldwide box office in one week of release, according to…

‘It,’ terrorizing box-office rivals, sets horror-flick record

LOS ANGELES: Stephen King wrote "It." Warner Bros. and New Line made "It." And audiences seem to love "It." The new freaky-scary film by that title broke records over the weekend as the largest September opening and largest opening for an R-rated horror film in North American theaters, industry websites reported Sunday. "It," starring Bill Skarsgard as a creepy clown who terrorizes children in a sleepy Maine town, pulled in an estimated $117 million for the three-day weekend, website Exhibitor Relations reported.…

‘Hitman’ on top, but box office is worst since 2001

LOS ANGELES: Weekend North American box-office sales were the lowest in nearly 16 years, allowing previous leader "The Hitman's Bodyguard" to hold its top spot with an underwhelming $10.3 million take. "No need to sugarcoat it, this was a miserable weekend. The combined gross of the top twelve failed to total over $50 million, something that hasn't happened in an August weekend in over 20 years." industry watcher Boxofficemojo.com said. Harvey, the deadly hurricane-turned-tropical storm, led to some theater closings in…