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SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (A24), which has been viewable on Direct TV for the past month, opened soft in two prime bicoastal locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 12:58 PM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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'Expendables 3' Sinks at Box Office, 'Ninja Turtles' and 'Guardians' Still Lead

The August surge was weaker yesterday, but the Top Ten, led by last weekend's leaders "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) and "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista), managed to continue the recent improvement over last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 16, 2014 1:31 PM
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Why Brad Pitt-Starrer 'Fury' Is Moving from November to October (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer's intense world War II film "Fury," marking "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt's return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty--from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman ("Noah"), Jon Bernthal ("Walking Dead") and Ayer regular Michael Pena ("End of Watch") also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: 'Turtles' Beats 'Guardians'; 'Hundred-Foot Journey' Scores With Adults, 'Get On Up' Stumbles

For the second time this summer and the first time ever in August, two films grossed over $40 million on the same weekend. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) opened over expectations at $65 million, while Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista) dropped a reasonable 56%. Last summer four films opened at over $40-million mark, three on one weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 10, 2014 4:50 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'What If' Leads Weak Openers; 'Boyhood' and 'Most Wanted Man' Pass $10 Million

For the second straight weekend, a high-profile festival acquisition opened to mixed results, as CBS Films' Daniel Radcliffe vehicle "What If" struggled to find significant traction in ten markets before it moves wider next week. Last week's top opener "Calvary" (Fox Searchlight) struggled in some markets as it expanded more broadly than usual.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 10, 2014 1:45 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Mutant Ninja Turtles' Upends Marvel's 'Guardians' in Surprising August Upset

An unexpected pre-back-to-school surge in box office led to a much stronger than expected showing for Paramount's reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," winning the day's top gross of $25.6 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 9, 2014 1:17 PM
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Rogen's Roll Continues as Sony Pushes Bumbling Spy Bromance 'The Interview' to Christmas (VIDEO)

Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies "This is the End" to "Neighbors," and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker's latest comedy "The Interview" from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:39 PM
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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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