The biggest box office flop of 2014 is …

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

This was kind of a weird year at the box office. The highest-grossing film of the year involved Burt Macklin saving the universe alongside a talking tree and an angry raccoon while a sequel to a gritty box office smash ended up tanking and tanking hard. Well, IGN has compiled a list of the biggest flops of the year, and with a little math, I've put them together in order of which ones lost the most money. So without further ado, let's see the MORE

Box Office: Interviewing the unbroken hobbit in the woods!

Into The Woods

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies took the final box office of the year with a $41.4 Million weekend according to BoxOfficeMojo, which isn't half bad for a Tolkien movie in holiday months. I mean, it's no Return of the King, but at least they didn't go full Jar Jar Binks with this one. That being said, I'll be the first to admit that the CGI wasn't terribly great for the past three movies. A few prosthetics here and there would have done MORE

Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ takes one final journey

The Hobbit

All right, my partner and I pretty split on The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. He, claiming The Silmarillion as his favorite book of all time, thinks that The Hobbit movies are overly bloated to the point of watering down the content of the actual book. I, having never read any of the books, can recognize the faults in the movie (the CGI is serving Final Fantasy Cut Scene realness) but am otherwise entertained enough to give it a pass. I MORE

Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ beat those penguins!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

You know what happens when a movie from one of the biggest franchises ever gets released right before the biggest shopping week of the year? Obviously, it makes tons and tons of money. According to Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 rightfully settled into first place this weekend with $56.8 Million, which has pushed its total gross $100 Million above its budget. You know those Madagascar movies? Remember how the penguins MORE

Box Office: Mockingjay (Part 1) takes flight!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 came out this weekend, so it shouldn't really surprise anyone that it was number one at the box office with $123 Million. What people are freaking out about, however, is the fact that it apparently earned 20% less than Catching Fire, according to BoxOfficeMojo. That sounds bad, until you take into consideration a few things: First, Catching Fire was still piggy backing off the success/word of mouth of the MORE

Box Office: Holding out for a (Big) Hero (6)

Big Hero 6

I know next to nothing about Big Hero 6, other than it's about some sort of marshmallow robot superhero and I need to see it. Apparently, I'm not alone in my judgment because according to Box Office Mojo, it was the number one movie this weekend with a $56.2 Million haul. So look forward to your kids asking for marshmallow superhero toys for Christmas this year! They will sell out immediately and be impossible to find. Consider yourself fairly MORE

Box Office: Nightcrawler (the non-X-Men one) wins by a hair!


Normally, the difference between first place and second place at the weekend box office is -- at the very least -- a few million dollars. This week, Nightcrawler topped out with $10,909,000–edging out Ouija by a mere nine grand, according to Box Office Mojo. The weird part about it: That $9,000 margin was made up entirely of people who thought they were seeing another X-Men movie. True story. And with that, we come to Ouija, who took in MORE

Box Office: John Wick vs. A Ouija Board

John Wick vs. A Ouija Board

Since Halloween is only a few days away, it would make sense that a horror movie would be number one at the box office this past weekend. So your entry for this year is Ouija, which earned $20 Million, according to Box Office Mojo. Except here's the weird thing: All trademarks and patents associated with Ouija? Owned by Mattel. The demon board is literally owned by the same people who gives us Transformers and My Little Pony. Remember that when MORE

Box Office: Guardians of the Galaxy–top-grossing film of 2014

Chris Pratt

Every Monday, I usually do a quick thing on the top five movies at the box office, except that this week, we had the exact same top three as the week before. Seriously. The only major change was that Parisian hell movie making it to fourth, but other than that, it's pretty much the same as last week. So instead, let's switch gears and talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. Specifically, that Guardians has just become the biggest movie of the year, MORE

Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’–Summer’s Top Movie!

Guardians of the Galaxy

We have one more week before we're out of August and into September, and while you ponder the slow, unstoppable progression of time and how it slowly steals away our mortality, as a candle burns through wax, we have some good news: According to BoxOfficeMojo, Guardians of the Galaxy is officially the highest-grossing movie of the summer! Take that, existential dread! It climbed back to number one with a $17.6 Million weekend, and it might MORE

Box Office: Turtles, Raccoons, Cops, and old dudes–oh my!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

According to BoxOfficeMojo, America again said "YES!" to seeing a bunch of off-brand Shreks reenact what they think is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to the tune of $28.4 Million. To be fair, Cracked posited that the rise of the big flashy-crashy-boom-boom summer blockbusters overseas could be promoting a global unity over shared movie experiences, which could create a more peaceful international existence. Either that or Michael Bay just MORE

Box Office: Another ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Full confession time: When I was a kid, we had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III on VHS. This was the one where they somehow teleported back in time to feudal japan. We watched it until the tape broke. I bring this up because, looking back on it now, the movie was stupid. It made no sense. But we watched it because we were kids and we couldn't tell when we were being spoonfed an incredibly dumb Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Which brings me MORE

Box Office: Welcome our new raccoon overlords!

Guardians of the Galaxy

For the first time in a while, I actually went out to see a major Hollywood blockbuster during its opening weekend yesterday. We had to wait in line for like an hour, but still. Worth it. Anyway, BoxOfficeMojo reports that Guardians of the Galaxy took the top spot, surprise surprise, with an opening of $94 Million. It's also apparently the biggest August opening ever, and you know what? Completely deserved it. Raccoons with machine guns. Worth MORE

Box Office: Lucy! Hercules! Plus Monkeys, Planes and Stuff


What's funny about last weekend's box office is that the two main releases, Lucy and Hercules, were really cut from the same cloth: Both were big loud action movies that so lovingly embraced the conventions they were in that they ended up turning into brilliantly entertaining little nuggets of cinema. But ultimately, Lucy wound up winning this weekend with a $44 Million opening, which is what happens when you give director Luc Besson room to do MORE