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Friday Box Office Top Ten: Both 'Croods' and 'Olympus' Open Solid

"Croods," the first Dreamworks Animation entry released by new distribution partner 20th Century Fox, and "Olympus Has Fallen" from FilmDistrict both took in over $10 million Friday. Two films grossing over $30 million for the weekend will be a first for the year that has seen few with even one film performing that well, a positive sign after weeks of overall decline.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 23, 2013 4:18 PM
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2012 Box Office: China Beats Japan as Second Market, Global Ticket Sales Up, Also Older Moviegoers

MPAA chief Chris Dodd and NATO head John Fithian met with the press on a conference call Thursday as they revealed moviegoing stats for 2012. "The last few years have brought a whirlwind of change and challenge," said Dodd. "We are adapting to make sure our consumers and moviegoers are coming back for more at cinemas and at home." The Senator went out of his way to embrace the idea that teen moviegoers, who are still down from 2009 and 2010 levels, are welcome to consume content in any way that they want.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2013 7:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Record Surprise 'Spring Breakers' Puts New Distrib A24 On Map

A24’s “Spring Breakers” opened to the most unexpected limited success of any film in recent history with a two-city $90,000 per screen average: this for a filmmaker (Harmony Korine) whose past films have struggled to gross that much during their entire runs.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 17, 2013 4:23 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Oz' is Magic, 'Call' Marks Berry Comeback, 'Wonderstone' Warners' 5th Loser

With “Oz: The Great and Powerful” holding well and “The Call” opening better than expected, this weekend showed more 2013 weakness. Total gross for the top 10 films was around $93 million, up from last year’s $88, but down from last weekend’s $124 million. Although several lower budget films are finding steady audiences and Warner Bros.’ big flop “Jack the Giant Slayer” has stabilized, the total take still represents a sign of ongoing concern for where this year is heading.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 17, 2013 1:33 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Spring Breakers' Top Limited Opening of Year, 'Wonderstone' Underwhelms

A24’s SXSW hit “Spring Breakers” from veteran indie Harmony Korine opened in three New York/Los Angeles theaters to a stunning total of $95,000, by far the biggest limited opening of the year, and likely to approach a $100,000 per screen average for the weekend. To give some indication of what a shock this gross is, none of Kormine’s previous films have grossed as much in their entire runs as this likely will do for it opening weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2013 4:24 PM
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Spain Gets 'Excited' About Almodovar's Latest Before U.S. Release (TRAILER)

Pedro Almodovar’s new comedy “I’m So Excited” (“Los Amantes Pasajeros”) opened to the highest take of any his films in his native Spain last weekend in its initial release. The film, to be released in the U.S. on June 27 by his usual American distributor Sony Pictures Classics, grossed about $2.6 million on 295 screens for the number two position behind “Oz: The Great and Powerful” (which grossed close to $2.7 million on more than twice as many screens). The per screen average for “Excited” though was slightly better than what “Oz” had, even though this was the widest release ever for an Almodovar film opening in Spain.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 14, 2013 6:29 AM
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CinemaCon Assembles Theater Owners for Annual Vegas Confab, Gives Harrison Ford Lifetime Achievement Award

CinemaCon, The National Association of Theatre Owners annual confab in Las Vegas, will be host some 5000 exhibitors from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace. NATO represents more than 30,000 American movie screens and more cinemas in 57 countries worldwide, from the giant theater chains to mom and pops. It has not been a strong year for theaters thus far; many are struggling.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2013 1:33 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Emperor,' 'The We and the I,' 'Beyond the Hills' Rely on Good Word To Grow Audiences

Specialized distributors continue to try to break beyond the usual review-driven New York/Los Angeles limited openings to find less conventional ways to release films. Among this week’s openings, Mumblecore indie “Somebody Out There Likes Me," starring Second City's own Nick Offerman, premiered to significant success exclusively in Chicago in advance of its VOD debut as well as upcoming theater dates elsewhere. Peter Webber's poorly reviewed World War II drama “Emperor” played mostly mainstream theaters in multiple cities. And Michel Gondry's “The We and the I” had a better than expected New York single-theater release that holds promise for more attention.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 10, 2013 4:24 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Oz: The Great & Powerful' Boosts Overall Box Office, 'Dead Man Down' Is DOA

Led by a strong $80-million opening for “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” the total gross for the weekend was up from both the previous week and the previous year, something that has rarely happened this year so far. The uptick wasn’t enough to reverse the trend so far -- $125 million for the top 10 this year compared to $117 in 2012 and $90 million last week – but it still is welcome, more so after the flop of “Jack the Giant Slayer” last weekend. “Oz” had the biggest opening since “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” pre-Christmas, at around the level predicted by industry sources.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 10, 2013 1:34 PM
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'Oz' Brings Boffo Box Office, Rest of Field Is Anemic

Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" had a strong opening yesterday, grossing $24 million for the best opening of the year so far--heading toward a likely $75-million-plus total-- and greatly outpacing last week's "Jack the Giant Slayer," which also cost $200 million. But despite the relief both Disney and the industry will feel from this big gross, the underlying problems otherwise seen since the holidays remain.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2013 4:18 PM
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