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'Inbetweeners 2' Beats 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at UK Box Office; Why Can't the Comedy Get a US Release?

Every so often a local movie becomes a runaway local hit. But that doesn't mean it will work in North America. With an opening day gross of just short of US $5 million in the United Kingdom, "The Inbetweeners 2" yesterday broke the record for comedies in that territory and beat out "Guardians of the Galaxy" for the day (that film was #1 last weekend in the U.K. with $10.7 million).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 7, 2014 2:08 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: What Marvel's 'Guardians' of the Galaxy' Opening Means, Can 'Get On Up' Cross Over?

Marvel continues to rule the Hollywood roost. Origin myth "Guardians of the Galaxy" yet again shows the power of Marvel's unified vision of a comic-book universe whose characters inhabit a clearly defined and immersive world. Like "Iron Man," these Guardians are less widely known than Thor, the Hulk or Captain America. Even so, "Guardians" performed at the same level as Marvel's other summer films, and in August! That marks Marvel's most impressive achievement this year. Clearly, audiences are searching for something different than the pablum the studios are feeding them. And "Guardians" wound up with critical raves far above the norm for a tentpole/international-appeal movie. (See Top Ten Chart below.)
  • By Tom Brueggemann and Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2014 5:21 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'Calvary' Opens Soft, 'Boyhood' and 'A Most Wanted Man' Expand Well, 'Wish I Was Here' Another Focus Flop

Fox Searchlight's "Calvary" opened below expectations in its first theaters, given stellar reviews and TV ad support. "Boyhood" remains the standout as it quickly expands to over 300 screens, showing significant success with a promise of more ahead. Roadside Attraction's "A Most Wanted Man," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, also widened with strong results. (It's one of three recent films to emerge with best actor contenders, along with Brendan Gleeson of "Calvary" and Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up.")
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 3, 2014 2:04 PM
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Marvel to the Rescue as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Dominates Friday Box Office

What would the disappointing 2014 be without Marvel? After weekend figures come in, "Guardians of the Galaxy" joins the six films to open over $90 million this year -- four of which come from Marvel.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 2, 2014 1:27 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, Weinstein's Oscar Frontrunners, Friedkin on 'Sorcerer' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • August 2, 2014 11:00 AM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways, as Action Star Scarlett Johannson in 'Lucy' Lays Out The Rock in 'Hercules'

Two new openings led by Number One Grosser "Lucy" stood out among this weekend's Top 10 grosses. But this fresh new blood wasn't enough to staunch the overall ongoing box office bleeding. The leading films grossed around $130 million, another significant shortfall ($22 million) from the same time last year. The year to date total now is almost 7% below 2013, and even worse, behind every year since 2008.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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'A Most Wanted Man' Makes Top Ten, Woody's 'Magic' Outwits Reviews, 'Boyhood' Still Strong

In this bleak midsummer for specialized product, two strong new releases opened wider than the usual two-city norm. "A Most Wanted Man" (Roadside Attractions) even placed among the wide-release Top Ten--in just 361 theaters-- while Woody Allen's "Magic in the Moonlight" (Sony Pictures Classics) shows a continued late-career rebound in interest in the comedy auteur.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 2:44 PM
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Johansson as 'Lucy' Rules Friday Box Office, But How Did 'Hercules' Fare?

Though not exactly the kind of box office rebound that will solve the recent revenue plunge, two opening films showed signs of life yesterday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 26, 2014 1:34 PM
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Best of the Week: TIFF & Venice Stir Fall Fest Circuit, Comic-Con, How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2014 10:30 AM
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'Maleficent' Crosses $700 Million Worldwide, Shining Jewel in Lackluster Summer

Disney's "Maleficent," which opened May 30, has topped $700 million worldwide, marking Jolie’s highest-grossing live action film of all time domestically, internationally and globally, as well as the highest grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. "Maleficent" is a shining jewel in a dull summer box office that has dipped 20 % so far. The year to date is down 6 %.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 2:49 PM
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