• This image released by Disney shows Ruby Barnhill and the Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country, voiced by Mark Rylance, in a scene from"The BFG." Spielberg’s “The BFG” seemed a surefire combination of director and material, but it hasn’t made much more than its $140 million production budget globally. (Disney via AP, File)

    Measuring the fallout from a summer full of box-office flops

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood’s blockbuster machine frequently stalled and sputtered this summer, leaving behind a steady trail of misbegotten reboots, ill-conceived sequels and questionable remakes.

  • This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers in a scene from "Southside With You." (Matt Dinerstein/Miramax and Roadside Attractions via AP)

    Review: In ‘Southside With You,’ when Barack met Michelle

    Writer-director Richard Tanne’s feature film debut “Southside With You” views history through an unlikely, heart-shaped prism: the first date between Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Contemplating further such forays into presidential romance is indeed frightful. Are we itching closer to a rom-com about the courtship between Gerald and Betty? Or, heaven help us, “Pizza Night With Bill and Hillary”?

  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Rodrigo Santoro portraying Jesus in a scene from "Ben-Hur." The big-budget remake of ‘Ben-Hur’ was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood. According to studio estimates Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, the Paramount Pictures release, which cost about $100 million to make, debuted with just $11.4 million. (Philippe Antonello/Paramount Pictures via AP, File)

    ‘Ben-Hur’ crashes, ‘Suicide Squad’ stays on top for 3rd week

    NEW YORK (AP) — A big-budget remake of “Ben-Hur” was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood.