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Arthouse Audit: 'Bad Words,' 'Enemy' and 'Le Week-End' Best of Modest Openers

As the post-Oscar surge abates, a wide range of new releases opened this week. They fell far short of the total of last week's massive opener "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) which expanded this weekend to reach #8 in only 66 theaters. Also in the Top 10 is "Veronica Mars" (Warner Bros.) in 291 theaters, also available for simultaneous home viewing as is increasingly common among specialized releases.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 4:28 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: DreamWorks Scores Hit & Miss, 'Veronica Mars' Scores Day-and-Date Landmark, 'Grand Budapest' Soars

Two surprise entries in the weekend box office top ten were Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," in only 66 theaters, as well as Kickstarter-financed "Veronica Mars." Two wider new releases opened soft: "Need for Speed" and "Tyler Perry's Single Woman's Club."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 2:18 PM
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Best of the Week: SXSW Wrap & Exclusives, Riviera Maya Film Fest, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 15, 2014 3:09 PM
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Friday Box Office: Holdovers Battle 'Need for Speed' for Top Spot, 'Grand Budapest' & 'Veronica Mars' Reach Top 10

A three-way race for the weekend #1 started off with the DreamWorks video game adaptation "Need for Speed" (distributed by Buena Vista) on top with $6.64 million. But either #2, "300: Rise of an Empire" (Warner Bros.) with $5.8 million, or more likely "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (20th Century-Fox), at $5.45 million could overtake "Speed" by the time final results are in on Monday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 15, 2014 2:01 PM
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'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Records; 'Particle Fever' Shows Initial Appeal

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" breaks records in limited opening in four theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 4:28 PM
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Top Ten: Pricey '300' Sequel and 'Mr. Peabody' Pass $30 Million; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Opens Huge

So far the 2014 box office keeps surging on, at least compared to 2013--beating last year's numbers for 15 weeks in a row.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 1:10 PM
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'300' Sequel & 'Mr. Peabody' Open Strong, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Record in Two City Release

As expected, two $100-million-plus tentpoles, "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," opened Friday at #1 and 2 with $17.7 million and $8.0 million respectively.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 8, 2014 8:07 PM
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Best of the Week: Awards Season Wrap, SXSW Preview, 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 8, 2014 9:00 AM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 4:29 PM
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