-Additional research by Christopher Rosa
As we’re watching VH1 Classic’s “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon,” we can’t help but wonder about the cast members’ uneven movie careers. For instance, Tina Fey is one of the most famous and beloved SNL cast members of all time. However, her 2013 film Admission only made $6.5 million at the box office in its opening weekend. So, it made us wonder, how well has every single Saturday Night Live cast member of all-time —yes, all 142 of them!— performed in terms of box office draw? And the answers are incredibly surprising. Read more…
Move over Star Wars, Harry Potter, and even Twilight (gasp): there’s a new record breaking film franchise in town! The first installment of The Hunger Games series opened this weekend to rapturous reviews and once-in-a-lifetime sales figures. When we broke down the numbers last week, the film was expected to pull in the still-huge amount of $125 million. But the saga ended up breaking records for a springtime opening, taking in an incredible $155 million in North America alone over the weekend. When you factor in the $59.25 million it took in overseas, that brings the total to a staggering $214 million! Not bad for an $80 million dollar price tag.
The spring record was previously held by Tim Burton’s 3-D reboot of Alice In Wonderland back in 2010, which clocked in at $119 million for its first weekend. But those figures could be considered a little inflated when you consider that ticket prices for a 3-D movie are higher than one in plain old cinemascope, which makes The Hunger Games performance over the weekend even more remarkable.
It was seen by some a risky move to open the series in March, instead of saving it for the more traditional blockbuster seasons of the summer and December. But obviously those people underestimated the draw of the Games. “If a movie looks intriguing, customers will show up, no matter what the calendar reads,” BoxOffice.com editor Phil Contrino told The New York Times. It also proves that with Harry Potter already history, and Twilight heading towards its November finale, THG will certainly pick up the slack as the next massive movie franchise. Let the games begin! And speaking of games, don’t forget to check out our FAB Life of Panem Superfan Giveaway!
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If you were out last night and saw a half dozen Luna Lovegoods booking it towards the nearest AMC, it should be no surprise that the Harry Potter box office numbers are already downright magical. Potter raked in $43.5 million from midnight showings alone, more than any other film. We just don’t get how everyone did it. Our moms refuse to drive us anywhere past 10pm.
But before you find yourself sobbing into your Sorting Hat, rumors have it that the Harry Potter universe will continue to print money…we mean, continue to spread wonder, just as long as Warner Bros can find a way to make it profitable. According to the Wall Street Journal, future Potter projects include converting the film’s Leavesden Studios in London into a tourism spot, expanding the HP amusement parks currently situated around the globe and the development of “Harry Potter-related online businesses and videogames.” While J.K. Rowling hasn’t announced any plans to pen another novel, Warner Bros. is circling two of her books that take place in the same universe: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quidditch Through the Ages.” We’re sure the cast wouldn’t be too thrilled at the prospect of working on another Potter film any time soon, but everyone else? Well, we’ll start wearing our moms down now.
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