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Box office preview: 'Men in Black 3' set to invade theaters, finally dethrone 'The Avengers'

Will Smith is back!

After three years away from the big screen, the bankable star of blockbusters like I Am Legend, Independence Day, and Hancock has returned with Men In Black 3, a 10-years-later sequel in the lighthearted alien franchise.

The original Men In Black earned $250.7 million in 1997, and in 2002, Men In Black II found $190.4 million. Now, MIB 3 is poised to bring in another boatload of money — finally unseating The Avengers from the box office throne.

Also entering theaters is horror flick The Chernobyl Diaries, which won’t make nearly as much as MIB 3 (but didn’t cost nearly as much, either).

Check out my weekend box office predictions — which are for the regular three-day weekend, rather than the extended Memorial Day holiday frame — below: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Lorax' tops the weekend with a record-breaking $70.7 mil

In a year in which one movie after another has surpassed industry expectations, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax just blew the roof off.

According to studio estimates, Universal’s CG-animated film harvested $70.7 million this weekend, breaking a number of records in the process. First, it easily scored the best opening of the year so far, trouncing The Vow ($41.2 million). The Lorax had the strongest opening ever for a Dr. Seuss adaptation, topping How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ $55.1 debut in 2000. Finally, if the estimate holds, the movie will have earned the sixth best debut ever for an animated feature, beating both The Incredibles ($70.5 million) and Finding Nemo ($70.3 million). And if one discounts sequels, then The Lorax had the second-best opening among animated fare, behind only The Simpsons Movie ($74 million). READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Lorax' rules with $17.4 mil on Friday, on pace for $60 mil weekend

He is the Lorax, and soon he’ll be speaking for Hollywood.

In what is becoming a common occurrence this year, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax performed even better than expected, grossing an estimated $17.4 million on Friday. That’s the best opening day ever for a Dr. Seuss adaptation, topping 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($15.6 million). It’s also a huge victory for distributor Universal and the young production company Illumination Entertainment, the latter of which is now three for three after the box-office success of Despicable Me and Hop.

The Lorax should finish the weekend with around $60 million — the biggest opening since last November’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Also worth noting is that in a day and age when most CG-animated films cost at least $100 million (if not considerably more than that), Universal spent only $70 million on The Lorax. Its future looks bright, too, as the PG-rated movie received a solid “A” rating from CinemaScore audiences. According to the market-research firm, the movie skewed female (62 percent) and young (52 percent under the age of 25). READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Lorax' should see plenty of green this weekend


So far the box office is up 16 percent compared to last year, and Hollywood will try to keep the good times rolling by offering two new movies that should perform well with their respective target audiences. The weekend’s big winner will undoubtedly be the 3-D animated film Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, which will most likely score the year’s best opening so far. Project X, the found-footage flick about one seriously out-of-control high-school party, is more of a question mark due to its hard R rating.

Here are my weekend predictions: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Chronicle' earns a super powerful $22 million on Super Bowl weekend

Chronicle sacked The Woman in Black at the box office on Super Bowl weekend, but both modestly-budgeted films exceeded industry expectations and brought in strong grosses for their respective studios.

Fox’s $15 million found footage film Chronicle, a thriller directed by newcomer Josh Trank about a trio of teenage boys who acquire super powers, soared into first place with $22 million in its first three days. That gave the film a potent $7,568 per theater average — the best in the Top 20. Awareness for Chronicle appeared disconcertingly low a few weeks ago, but thanks to an aggressive TV marketing push, a viral video advertisement (“Flying People in New York City”), and, perhaps most notably, the film’s zeitgeist-y found footage appeal, the adventure managed to bring young people to the theater in droves. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Chronicle' and 'The Woman In Black' face off on Super Bowl weekend

This weekend, as Tom Brady and Eli Manning meet in Indianapolis to compete for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy, another competition will be brewing.

Three new wide releases are set to battle it out for box office glory. Teen superhero drama Chronicle and spooky Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black both have a shot at earning a number one debut, while Drew Barrymore’s warm-and-fuzzy whale drama Big Miracle will need just that to really succeed. Here’s how the Top 5 might shake out: READ FULL STORY

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