After a strong early response to our newest column last week, the second edition of Boxoffice.com's Most Anticipated Movies sees The Hobbit hold onto the top spot for a second straight week. For the year, this marks the 13th time that the film has ranked or tied for #1 among movies we've been tracking since the forum feature's inception.
Notable changes this week include strong bumps for Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty. The former jumped to #2 while the latter entered the top ten, both on the heels of news regarding very well-received critical screenings of the films last week.
The Boxoffice.com Forums have become a burgeoning community of box office enthusiasts and movie fans, replete with a very wide range of opinions and film tastes. We've decided it is time to start recognizing that excitement and anticipation from our very own forum members. After all, who better to hear about what movies are exciting fans than directly from some of those fans themselves?
As part of this new regular feature, we'll be looking at the ten most anticipated upcoming movies among our forum members. Anyone can contribute to this list by visiting this forum topic, reading the first post, and then posting your own ten most anticipated movies.
With just under one month left before Tom Hooper's anticipated adaptation of Les Misérables hits theaters, buzz is already building in a big way thanks to critical praise and plenty of Oscar talk. It's becoming clear that the Universal release is destined for serious box office success.
Studios always push adult-driven Oscar fare at the end of any given year. Back in 2010, this strategy paid off big time. Despite an overall declining market at the time (caused by a mini-exodus of younger moviegoers from theaters), the end of 2010 and early 2011 saw breakout performances from not just one but three adult-skewing films.
Just as millions of Americans prepare to gobble up turkey and stuffing this weekend, they'll no doubt be heading to their local cinemas to catch the latest and greatest cinematic side dishes offered up for the holiday season. What have audiences developed the most taste for over the years? Let's count 'em down:
#5) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
With its $73.5 million five-day gross, this modern family mainstay starring Jim Carrey claims the fifth-best Thanksgiving weekend performance of all-time. That includes $52.1 million during its second weekend. In fact, for a non-opener, it was the best at the time of its release. Adjusted for inflation, that year 2000 gross would equal nearly $110 million today.
Steven Spielberg's name will go down in history books (or, should we say history tablets?) as a man who shaped an entire era of blockbuster movies. Its only fitting, and ironic to a degree, that he decided to tackle the story of the man that shaped an entire country through a film which is decidedly on the opposite end of the spectrum of most of those blockbuster efforts.
And that is precisely why Steven Spielberg *is* Steven Spielberg. He's never been afraid to dabble in multiple genres, and he's almost always succeeded at it.
2011 may not have been a banner year for Mr. Spielberg, but it was still a year most filmmakers never get the chance to have. He released two films within one week of each other and saw both go on to different degrees of success.
Another big movie season, another franchise finale.
For the third time in just sixteen months one of Hollywood's biggest and most lucrative box office beasts is coming to an end. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 marks the fifth and final film in Stephanie Meyer's book series-turned-movie franchise that seemed like it just began.
It was only four years ago when the first film shocked the industry with its massive $69.6 million opening. Nobody anticipated that a little movie called Twilight would actually out-gross Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig's second James Bond outing, domestically.
The holiday movie-going season is in its early stages right now, and all eyes are slowly turning toward the looming release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14. Early reports today suggest that the film ate up 33 percent of Fandango sales on Wednesday, overtaking both Skyfall and next week's Twilight finale for #1 on the popular ticketing site.
What will surely be the year's final mega-blockbuster has a lot to live up to. That's not just because of the weight of history it carries from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but also because of the fact that 2012 - while hit and miss overall at the box office - has already produced three huge blockbusters.