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Weekend Box Office: 'The Bourne Legacy' Unseats 'The Dark Knight Rises' With $40 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 12, 2012 12:11 PM
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And so “The Bourne Legacy” continues the 'Bourne' legacy. Tony Gilroy’s franchise revitalization, perhaps best referred to as a “sidequel” for utilizing the series’ mythology while creating its own, opens at number one this weekend, tabulating a solid $40 million in receipts. While this is significantly lower than the opening numbers for both “The Bourne Supremacy” ($52 million) and “The Bourne Ultimatum” ($69 million), it is a new franchise, also the first 'Bourne' picture without star Matt Damon, and thus, likely seemed off-brand to certain audience members entertained by the previous films. So in sort, it's a pretty solid start.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Sticks At No. 1, But With A Big 2nd Week Drop; No One Watches 'The Watch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 29, 2012 11:46 AM
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Though Hollywood would like to think all of summer is the Silly Season in regards to box office, the truth is, every four years, July takes a slight hit. The Olympics seemed to catch the attention of casual moviegoers this weekend, as prospective smash "The Dark Knight Rises" took a strong second week nosedive of 60%, ruling the roost over a sea of uninspiring options with a still-formidable $64 million. While "The Dark Knight" ruled over summer 2008, only four more '08 releases in that frame sputtered over the $100 million mark.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Bound For Largest 2D Opening In Box Office History In Wake Of Tragedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 22, 2012 3:22 PM
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When discussing the box office, we try to emphasize weekly that there are always more significant issues than the amount of money a movie makes. Usually, that issue is the quality of the films themselves. This weekend, it's the horrifying loss of life in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shooting tragedy. We at The Playlist hope and pray for those directly affected by the tragedy, hoping that our readers are on the same page in regarding what we're about to discuss as simple numbers, no more.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Provides Box Office's Last Gasp Before 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 15, 2012 11:49 AM
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And lo, there was an 'Ice Age' franchise. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” looks like it will continue the winning tradition of animation studio Blue Sky’s crown jewel, opening at a decent $46 million. Despite the fact that the lead characters of this franchise should be extinct by now, this past-due series still managed to generate solid opening numbers despite a summer that has already seen openings from “Brave” and “Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted.”

In Theaters: It Will Be 'Easy Money' For 'Ice Age' And 'Red Lights,' But 'Farewell, My Queen' For 'Trishna'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 13, 2012 5:00 PM
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Well folks, it’s time to dust off your multi-lingual dictionaries and recharge your digital translators because, this week, it’s all about the foreign language film. Movies from Sweden, Greece, and France are in attendance, and an adaptation of a British novel – set in India – and a documentary centered on a Frenchman round out the global palette. Meanwhile, adventures in primordial lands and expeditions in parapsychology offer journeys to the past and to another dimension. And the voyages don’t stop here. Next week: the fabled Gotham City awaits!

Review: 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' Is Pleasurably Rudderless

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2012 3:03 PM
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The "Ice Age" franchise is like the "Shrek" series of Blue Sky Studios (a kind of mini-Pixar based in suburban Connecticut) – a new entry comes out every couple of years, usually to diminishing returns (creatively) but tons of box office. The last one, 2009's deliriously dull "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," wasn't a movie as much as it was a series of loosely connected gags, disparate short films stitched together to form a barely feature-length product…and yet it's the fourth highest grossing animated film of all time. Woof.

Watch: Very Brief Trailer For 'The Simpsons' Short 'The Longest Daycare' Playing In Front Of 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 6, 2012 10:09 PM
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It took 17 years for “The Simpsons” to finally make their transition from the small screen to the big screen, and the result was a crushing disappointment. Few would argue that the animated cartoon has been consistently at its best in this century, but that’s probably because it set such a high bar for itself towards the end of the nineties. The film though was weak even by later season standards, and there’s hardly a been a clamor for America’s favorite yellow family to return to cinemas in the five years since.

Get Animated: New Pics From 'Mr. Peabody And Sherman,' Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio' & The Latest Trailer For 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 8, 2012 10:41 AM
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Either that exciting-looking “Wreck-It Ralph” trailer has suddenly got us all interested in animation again, or it’s made rival animators sit up and up their marketing game. Either way, we’ve got new looks at three upcoming animated flicks as a result.

Uncut Scenes From Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' To Screen In Front Of 'Prometheus,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 10:18 AM
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The unexpected highlight of this year's CinemaCon was undoubtedly Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi." The industry convention (which is gaining a larger press presence year by year) found 20th Century Fox unveiling the first footage from Ang Lee's 3D project that the studio has had in development for years, with a variety of directors unable to crack it. Well, it seems Lee has not only found a way into the story based on the acclaimed novel by Yann Martel, but knocked it out of the park. Reactions were breathless, with many proclaiming after only seeing ten minutes of footage that is was going to be a major Oscar contender. And while that remains to be seen, Fox is clearly buoyed by the early word and want to start getting audiences excited too.

3D 'The Simpsons' Short Film To Play Before 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2012 12:00 PM
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There was a time in movie theaters when a short animated film would play before the feature presentation. Many of the legendary Tex Avery cartoons started out their life this way, until, like most things in the film industry, shorts fell out of fashion with fickle audiences. The only studio that keeps that memory alive is Disney, which last year placed a Pixar-produced “Toy Story” short in front of “The Muppets” (Pixar has had a short precede all of their features since “A Bug’s Life”).

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