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Arthouse Audit: 'Obvious Child' Stands Out Among Tepid Openers

Although a decent line-up of current openers continues to provide a steady flow of specialized film customers as these films expand, the early summer newbies keep falling short -- and none compare to the top June players of recent years.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 6:04 PM
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Top Ten: 'Fault In Our Stars' Soars at Box Office as 'Edge of Tomorrow' Hopes for International Boost

The weekend after Angelina Jolie propelled "Maleficent" (Buena Vista), an expensive summer tentpole, to significant success, Shailene Wooley did the same with the low-budget romance-amid-illness "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox). Building on a core of interest from the young adult novel and then adding smart casting and imaginative, significantly social-media based marketing, "Fault" came in significantly ahead, at least in domestic totals, of Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow" (Warner Bros.), whose budget was about 15 times more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 1:05 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Fault In Our Stars' Continues Female-Driven Rebound, While Cruise's 'Edge of Tomorrow' Is Spotty

With the strong initial grosses for "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox), another young adult novel has turned into a significant hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 7, 2014 1:19 PM
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Best of the Week: Women at the Box Office, Jane Fonda, Howard Hawks and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • June 7, 2014 12:42 PM
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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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Career Watch: Has 'Maleficent' Restored Angelina Jolie's Box Office Mojo?

Reviews were mixed. But for moviegoers, the $70 million opening for "Maleficent" -- an Angelina Jolie record -- for a rare female summer action adventure suggests that they were transfixed by the sight of the right actress in a perfect-fit role.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 2, 2014 6:30 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal' Tops Specialty Box Office; Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Takes Second

An eclectic group of new releases failed to provide any films with more than niche potential in upcoming weeks. The standout is "Korengal" (Saboteur), a sequel of sorts to the Oscar-nominated documentary feature "Restrepo," which had a New York opening in the range of its predecessor. "Night Moves" (Cinedigm), the latest film from indie auteur Kelly Reichardt, had a decent if not spectacular two-theater bicoastal start.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2014 4:55 PM
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Jolie's 'Maleficent' Leads Box Office Top Ten with Strong Femme Appeal, Diaz's 'Other Woman' at $81 Million

Angelina Jolie is a huge movie star. Disney knows how to reach a broad family audience led by women. And beloved fairy tales sell. These are some of the lessons learned --yet again--by "Maleficent"'s magnificent $70 million opening, which dwarfed Seth MacFarlane's western spoof "A Million Ways to Die in the West," aimed squarely at the fickle young male demo, with $17 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2014 1:47 PM
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'Maleficent' Bewitches Friday Box Office, Shows Power of Jolie (and Female Stars)

With "Maleficent," Angelina Jolie now joins Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Melissa McCarthy and Rooney Mara as an actress who has recently opened a movie to strong initial returns better, in many cases, than some male stars considered safe bets for franchise efforts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 31, 2014 1:59 PM
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Best of the Week: Hollywood Repeats Itself, Lee Daniels Opens Up, VHX Breaks the Mold & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • May 31, 2014 10:00 AM
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