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With King Kong, a little swagger returns to the box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, mayhem and mass destruction is back at the box office. It’s almost like old times. “Godzilla vs. Kong,” one of the few tentpoles to dare release during CO...

Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous. After five consecutive years of North American revenues exceeding...

Outlook not improving for beleaguered US movie theaters

About three quarters of the country’s movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly. ...

No ‘Black Widow’ or ‘F9’ leaves a muted summer movie season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The six-year fan campaign for a standalone Black Widow movie was paying off: at long last, a film would put Scarlett Johansson’s popular Avenger front and center. And, l...

‘The Invisible Man’ tops box office with $29 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Elisabeth Moss-led thriller “The Invisible Man” rode a wave of good reviews to a very visible spot atop the box office this weekend. Universal Pictures on Sunday estimated that ...

Box office goes 'Sonic' again but hears 'Call of the Wild'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office. “Sonic: The Hedgehog” zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of $26.3 million in its second ...

'Bad Boys' tops box office for third straight week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Bad Boys of Life” went for a three-peat at the box office during Super Bowl weekend. The Sony Pictures’ film starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence brought in $...

'Bad Boys for Life' debuts so good with box office top spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two "Bad Boys” were too good for one “Dolittle” at the box office. “Bad Boys for Life” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence brought in $59 million in the U.S. a...

Riding Globes, '1917' ends 'Star Wars' box-office reign

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took the Great War to finally take down “Star Wars.” Director Sam Mendes' World War I story “1917" brought in $36.5 million in its first weekend of wide releas...

In 2019, the box office belonged to Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Every movie year offers up a parade of hits and flops. But in 2019, no winner was in the same galaxy as the Walt Disney Co. And the biggest loser might have been anyone less thrilled a...

Summer Movie Preview: Sequels galore, but original gems too

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pass the popcorn, the summer movie season is here and all the spectacle and air-conditioned respite it offers audiences. Summer at the movies has long been synonymous with blockbust...

'Avengers: Endgame' poised to topple box-office records

NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of "Avengers: Endgame" is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios' saga opens in North American theat...

In success for 'Captain Marvel,' a defeat for trolls

NEW YORK (AP) — Captain Marvel possesses superhuman strength, cosmic awareness and, it turns out, the ability to vanquish trolls. Marvel's "Captain Marvel," the superhero factory's f...

With minuscule drop, 'Crazy Rich Asians' is No. 1 again

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening weekend for "Crazy Rich Asians" was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its cha...

'Justice League' disappoints in US with $96 million opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only in the modern era of superhero films could a $96 million opening weekend be considered anything less than impressive. But that's the situation Warner Bros. and DC's "Justice Le...