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box office: week of September 23

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Birdman' Best Opener Since 'Grand Budapest,' 'Dear White People' Shows Broad Interest

    Two of the strongest new specialized releases of the season opened this weekend. Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" had the second-best limited opening of the year. "Dear White People," one of seven Sundance 2014 films to open this week, also impressed in its somewhat wider platform debut. As nothing...

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    Friday Box Office: 'Fury' Tops, 'Birdman' and Other Indies Score Big

    Three new wide openers, led by the Brad Pitt World War II vehicle 'Fury,' made for another Friday uptick at the box office.

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    Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: 'Gone Girl' Has Legs While 'Dracula Untold' & 'Alexander' Draw Younger Audiences

    Exhibition is no longer relying on the studios or the leading arthouse distributors to fill their screens. And they are lately working hard to grow these markets and make room for indies, with major chains and their in-house marketeers working closely with the filmmakers.

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    'St. Vincent' and 'Whiplash' Score Decent Debuts, Focus Dumps 'Kill the Messenger'

    Two highly anticipated specialized films-- Weinstein Co. comedy "St. Vincent" starring Bill Murray and Sony Pictures Classics' "Whiplash"-- opened to similar good results. Neither delivered blockbuster numbers --they're on the same order as "The Skeleton Twins" last month.

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    'Gone Girl' Holds on Strong for Second Weekend Box Office

    Nothing this weekend will gross as much as the $44 million 'Gravity' took in its second stanza last year, but with five new films in the Top Ten plus a strong possible number one holdover for 'Gone Girl' (20th Century Fox), it looks like overall totals will be up over 2013.

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    Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: 'Gone Girl' & 'Annabelle Lead Record October Weekend

    Terrific neck-and-neck openings for"Gone Girl" and "Annabelle" proved that, like "Gravity"'s huge launch a year ago ($55 million), early fall is a great time of the year to release hit films. Both films grossed a record $37 million for the three days: there has never before been an October weekend t...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Good Lie,' 'Men, Women & Children' Open Soft

    This weekend despite Yom Kippur and competition from hot-button "Gone Girl," several new films opened well. But not fairly wide release "The Good Lie," which was well-reviewed and played well to those who showed up, or limited multiple "Men, Women and Children," which did neither.

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    'Annabelle' and 'Gone Girl' Set Friday Box Office Record

    This unusual one-two punch delivered a Top Ten tally of $46.3 million, a record for a Friday in October.

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