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Box office update: 'Avengers' easily holds off 'Dark Shadows', scores gigantic $29.1 million Friday

Sorry, Captain Jack, but Captain America isn’t ready to give up the top spot at the box office yet!

In its second weekend in theaters, The Avengers is still breaking records — this time, it’s headed for the best second weekend in box office history. The superhero ensemble film took in a gargantuan $29.1 million on Friday, which should lead to a weekend in the $95-105 million range — far more than current record holder Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second frame.

Tonight, on its ninth day of release, The Avengers will cross the $300 million mark (it’s made $299.1 million so far), and on Sunday it will soar past $350 million. No film has ever reached those milestones faster. READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games,' 'Bridesmaids' top MTV Movie Award nominees

This year’s MTV Movie Awards will be a showdown between a bevy of bridesmaids and a cast of killer kids.

“Bridesmaids” and “The Hunger Games” top nominees at MTV’s annual film honors with eight nods apiece, including bids for best cast, breakthrough performance and movie of the year. Rounding out the best-picture contenders are “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” ”The Help” And “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1.”

MTV announced nominees Monday in 12 categories, including six new ones such as “best on-screen dirtbag” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” Also new this year: Nominees were selected by a panel of actors, producers, agents and industry tastemakers instead of via online vote from the public.

Fans can still choose the winners, though. Voting begins online Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

The 21st annual MTV Movie Awards will be presented June 3 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City and broadcast live on MTV.

The complete list of nominees:  READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' star Josh Hutcherson says he's looking forward to working with Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson found out director Gary Ross was bowing out of the sequel, Catching Fire, in the same way that many fans did — he read it in the news.

Hutcherson told EW at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday that he reached out to Ross after finding out he wouldn’t be directing the much-anticipated second-installment of the record-breaking film. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Think Like A Man' wins again with $18 million; 'Pirates' sails past 'Engagement'

Look guys, sometimes box office articles just need four headlines!

In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe and The Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Think Like A Man' stays on top with $5.5 million on Friday; 'Engagement' at No. 3

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Despite four new wide releases entering theaters, Think Like A Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, managed to stay on top of the box office on Friday with $5.5 million.

Although that gross marks a drop of about 55 percent from last Friday,  things should stabilize nicely over the rest of the weekend. In the end, Think Like A Man will likely dip by less than 50 percent and score about $18 million in its sophomore frame.

In second place, the Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One pulled in an estimated $3.9 million yesterday. That puts the weepy film, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, on track for a $12 million second weekend, which would lift its total past $40 million with ease. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Will 'The Five-Year Engagement' earn as much as 'Bridesmaids'?

Four new wide releases enter theaters this weekend — rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, kiddie flick The Pirates! Band of Misfits, literary thriller The Raven, and Jason Statham’s Safe — but will any of them be able to take out Think Like A Man, which ended The Hunger Games‘ reign atop the box office last week?

Check out my predictions below:

1. The Five-Year Engagement – $20 million

The Jason Segel/Emily Blunt romantic comedy is the latest 2012 release to target women, and if the success of The Vow, The Lucky One, and Think Like A Man are any indication, females should turn out this weekend as well. The Five-Year Engagement, which was produced by Universal for a modest $30 million, has been framed as a companion to Bridesmaids, which opened in May 2011 to $26.2 million before grossing $169 million overall.  If the hot pink and white color scheme of the advertisements didn’t make that connection clear, then the fact that every inch of marketing includes the words “FROM THE PRODUCER OF BRIDESMAIDS” should. Oh yeah — it’s also about a wedding.

Tracking for the film has been encouraging in the weeks leading to its release, and while it hasn’t garnered quite the same amount of buzz as the ultra-bawdy Bridesmaids did last year, its prospects are pretty rosy. Jason Segel has become a more familiar face thanks to the success of The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and although Emily Blunt is not a proven box office draw, she comes across nicely in advertisements. Sure, The Lucky One will eat up a bit of the film’s core female demographic, but guys should turn up in higher volumes for a straight-up comedy like Engagement, which stars Segel as well as Parks and Recreation‘s Chris Pratt. Playing in 2,936 theaters, the wedding comedy may pick up about $20 million and find legs in the weeks to come.

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'Hunger Games' and 'Lorax' lead 2012's box office boom: Are we headed for a record-breaking year?

Sorry, Lisbeth Salander — you tried your best, but apparently, what Hollywood really needed to revive the box office was a fuzzy orange puffball and starving archer named Katniss.

Yep, in 2012, titles like The Hunger Games and The Lorax have lifted the box office high above its late-2011 woes. In case you forgot, 2011 ended up being the least-attended year at the movies since 1995 after sure bets such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin floundered at the box office during the normally lucrative holiday season.

Still, almost as soon as the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, the box office’s fortunes completely turned around.

Every movie — from 21 Jump Street to The Vow to the aforementioned Games — suddenly seemed to be over-performing (except John Carter, of course). After 114 days, the 2012 box office had amassed $3.16 billion — a whopping 17 percent above the $2.70 billion that had been earned at the same point in 2011 — and the healthy grosses don’t look likely to slow down anytime soon. What’s behind the big bump? We brought that question to two box office analysts, BoxOfficeGuru.com‘s Gitesh Pandya and BoxOffice.com‘s Phil Contrino. Here’s what the industry experts had to say: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Think Like a Man' halts the 'Hunger Games' train with $33 mil

It had to happen. After four weeks of dominance, The Hunger Games finally didn’t finish first at the box office.

Instead, the relationship comedy Think Like a Man took the crown as it debuted to an impressive $33 million this weekend. Based on comedian Steve Harvey’s bestselling advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the PG-13 film performed much better than expected. (Although I predicted the movie would win the weekend, I thought it would do so with a moderate $19 million.)

Think Like a Man was produced for just $13 million by Sony-owned Screen Gems, which was also behind two other pictures that premiered at No. 1 this year: The Vow and Underworld Awakening. The studio’s marketing campaign targeted African American audiences via appearances on Harvey’s morning show, screenings at historically black universities, and special promotions on networks like BET. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Think Like a Man' dethrones 'The Hunger Games' with $12.2 mil on Friday

After 28 straight days at No. 1, The Hunger Games finally passed its box-office crown on to someone else. The relationship comedy Think Like a Man debuted in first with a better-than-expected $12.2 million on Friday, according to early estimates. That puts the PG-13 movie on track for an opening weekend around $33 million — a big win for Sony-owned Screen Gems, which produced the flick for only $13 million.

Think Like a Man — which was directed by Tim Story and features an ensemble cast including Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, and Chris Brown — was the first film to specifically target an African American audience since February’s Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds. However, with an opening day estimate that was larger than all of Tyler Perry’s films except Madea Goes to Jail, there’s a good chance Think Like a Man had some crossover appeal. The movie received a superb “A” rating from CinemaScore audiences. It also skewed toward older women, with 68 percent of the audience being female and 75 percent at least 25 years old. READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games' set to return to IMAX screens for one-week run

IMAX and Lionsgate announced this morning that The Hunger Games, the smash adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian best-seller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, will return to up to 100 IMAX digital theaters across North America starting on April 27. The movie will play for a one-week engagement through May 3. The film pulled in a gang-busters $13.2 million in its original one-week run at IMAX theaters, a nice bonus to its current $533 million global box office.

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