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Weekend B.O. Oct. 5-7 ('Taken' Does It Again and 'The Avengers' Calls It A Day)

  • By Sergio
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  • October 7, 2012 12:39 PM
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The first Taken movie was a genuine where-did-that-come-from? sleeper hit in 2009. The film, financed and produced by Luc Besson’s French based Europa Corp, had opened overseas months earlier and grossed a respectable $80 million by the time it was finally released in the U.S. in January 2009.

Weekend B.O. Sept.28-30 ('Transylvania' Rises To the Top; 'Back Down' Flunks Very Badly)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 30, 2012 12:36 PM
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Not surprisingly, the Sony animated film Hotel Transylvania did extremely well this weekend. But then again, almost all animated films, especially those voiced by big name stars, tend to do well at the box office. Parents need something to take their kids to, no matter how mediocre.

Weekend B.O. Sept. 21-23 (A Middling Week)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 23, 2012 12:29 PM
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It was a pretty middling weekend, with one sleeper hit standing out. The Jennifer Lawrence suspense thriller The House at the End of the Street was No.1 this weekend, although people were expecting a better result due to her huge box office sucess in The Hunger Games.

Weekend B.O. Sept. 14-16 (The Two Paul Andersons Double Punch)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 16, 2012 12:36 PM
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The major box office news this weekend is that it pays to be a director if your name is Paul Anderson.

Box Office: Newbie 'Detropia' Strong, While Oldies ('Sparkle,' 'Madea,' Others) A Mixed Bag

  • By Courtney
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  • September 9, 2012 2:09 PM
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Of note this weekend, with respect to new films with people of Africa descent at the center of their narratives, the independently-released documentary, Detropia, which opened on just 1 screen in New York City (at IFC Center), grossed $18,400. Look for announcements of cities it'll expand to for next weekend.

Weekend B.O. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Summer's End)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 2, 2012 12:26 PM
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The first weekend of September marks the official end of the summer film season and, as always, looking back this past summer, there were winners and losers this season (including Sparkle, which completely dropped out of the 12 top films of the week, in just two weeks).

Weekend B.O. Aug 24-26 ('Sparkle' Drops Big Time)

  • By Sergio
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  • August 26, 2012 12:44 PM
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I'm not going to deal with that 2016: Obama's America film which did so well this weekend, since Courtney below has done an excellent piece below on the film. Well except to allow me to say that if anyone had made a film on Willard (his real first name - like the rat) Romney and that cult he belongs to that believed that black people were the devil (as Chris Rock accurately said) until recently (and probably still do), who would go see it? 

Incendiary Anti-Obama Doc '2016: Obama's America' Shocks Box Office Newbies

  • By Courtney
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  • August 25, 2012 1:26 PM
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The box office news that will likely be on everyone's lips once the weekend is over, is the strength of the performance of incendiary anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama's America, compared to this weekend's opening titles.

Weekend B.O. Aug. 17-19 (A Lackluster 'Sparkle')

  • By Sergio
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  • August 19, 2012 1:52 PM
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Don't say I didn't tell you, but I did. And maybe it's because of the summer doldrums, but Sparkle, and in fact all this weekend's new releases, underperfomed to expectations.

Weekend B.O. Aug. 10-12 ('Bourne' Is On Top)

  • By Sergio
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  • August 12, 2012 12:25 PM
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As expected, The Bourne Legacy was No.1, with the political comedy, The Campaign, coming up in the second slot; while The Dark Knight Rises dropped to No.3.