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Weekend Box Office: 'Contagion' Infects Box Office In Year's Weakest Overall Frame

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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It looks like “Contagion” lived up to its name, landing at number one with $23 million and sapping the rest of the lineup of its health, creating one of the genuinely weakest weekends of the year. The Steven Soderbergh thriller, loaded with familiar faces, benefited from a savvy ad campaign and a few IMAX engagements to deliver what should count as a big opening by September standards.

Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 3:53 AM
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  • 3 Comments
There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, money is money, inflated or otherwise, and not enough people balked at the enhanced prices, even though a number of 3D films loudly flopped this summer.

Review: 'The Debt' An Uneven Thriller Powered By Strong Turns By Jessica Chastain & Helen Mirren

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 29, 2011 2:10 AM
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After its predecessor “Killshot” got a cursory limited release before being scuttled off to DVD and the film before that, “Proof,” hobbled in and out of theaters, “The Debt” is director John Madden’s first film in more than a decade to receive a theatrical run of more than 1600 screens, but an overbearing sense of self-importance undermines its box office potential, much less the effectiveness of skillful performances by a mostly-talented cast. Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, sharing the screen as the same character as much as current and next generations of great actresses, sustain a frequently overwrought (and overlong) tale of Mossad agents dealing with the truth of their past and fiction of their futures, while Madden handles Nazi war-crime subject matter with a predictable degree of melodrama.

Focus Features To Release 'The Debt' Starring Sam Worthington & Helen Mirren On Aug. 31st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 6:41 AM
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Last year, the sale of Miramax ended up delaying the release of a couple of films, namely John Madden's part-thriller, part romantic drama, "The Debt," and Troy Nixey's Guillermo del Toro-produced "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"; each were scheduled to hit theaters on December 29th and January 21st, respectively. Well, clearly those dates have come and gone but at least one of the films is now headed to a theatrical release.

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