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Weekend Box Office Preview: Weak Openers, 'Silver Linings' Holds Strong

Did you look at the movie ads this weekend and decide maybe it was a good time to stay home? Apparently you weren't alone. Three new openings failed to spark much interest, and combined with other post-Christmas releases that got whatever attention they deserved on their first few days, business collapsed last night. Recent weekends bolstered by the lingering strength of late 2012 releases masked real concerns that box office might be going south again after a decent holiday period. Is this just the dog days of January, or do these results suggest a troubling year ahead?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 26, 2013 2:07 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Amour' and 'Quartet' Thrive in New Expansions

While distributors ponder how much to spend on new films showcased at Sundance, the business of opening and playing off previous acquisitions continues, with most of the success coming from higher-level films from top companies, particularly those in the middle of the Oscar race.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 21, 2013 11:01 AM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by Flicks Starring Oscar Rivals Chastain and Lawrence; Schwarzenegger, Wahlberg, Crowe Flop

Three films starring Best Actress Oscar nominees nabbed the top positions, while three other films loaded with "A" list male actors struggled at the weekend box office. Jessica Chastain leads the way, with her horror film "Mama" grossing far above expectations, while her nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty" held on strong in its second wide week. Meantime, "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Chastain's Oscar rival Jennifer Lawrence, who went on Saturday Night Live, finally went wide to reasonable success.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 20, 2013 1:29 PM
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Chastain Rocks the Box Office With Top Two Films While Male Stars Flounder

This weekend Jessica Chastain owns the box office, a rarity for actresses today. Based on Friday's numbers she looks to lead the three-day and four-day numbers with the top two films -- the new Spanish horror film "Mama" and the second week of the wide release of her nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty." Meanwhile her Oscar rival Jennifer Lawrence is hosting "Saturday Night Live" as her "Silver Linings Playbook" finally goes wide.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 19, 2013 6:15 PM
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Magnolia Re-releasing Denmark's Oscar Nominated 'A Royal Affair' with Mikkelsen and Vikander

Denmark's "A Royal Affair," one of five nominated films competing for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, will be re-released by Magnolia Pictures on January 18 at the Quad Cinema in New York City and...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 18, 2013 2:04 PM
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'Django Unchained' Beats 'Inglourious Basterds' as Tarantino's Top Grossing Film

"Django Unchained" has become director Quentin Tarantino's highest grossing film to date within the domestic market, having accumulated nearly $130 million sinces its Christmas day release. Tarantino's second-highest grossing film is 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," with $120.5 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 3:29 PM
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Sundance 2012 Revisited: Top Ten Winners, Theatrical Numbers Down, VOD Profits Up (Charts)

As the buying frenzy for Sundance 2013 begins -- bolstered by the unexpected Oscar nominations for last year's grand jury prize-winner "Beasts of the Southern Wild" -- let's look at what happened to the rest of the 2012 acquisitions. Last year, the prices for top films fell a bit below 2011, after several high-profile acquisitions underperformed...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 17, 2013 6:00 AM
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Fox Searchlight to Rerelease 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' in Wake of Four Oscar Nominations

Fox Searchlight Pictures will re-release Benh Zeitlin’s "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which last week was nominated for four Oscars including picture, director, adapted screenplay and the youngest best actress nominee ever, Quvezhane Wallis. The film will play in select cities on January 18, a year after the movie debuted at Sundance and took home the grand jury prize and excellence in cinematography award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2013 7:58 PM
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Catching Up With Foreign Language and Documentary Feature Nominees

Three categories - Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature and Animated Feature - frequently have nominees that have received little or no U.S. theatrical play, and even sometimes no set playdate ahead. Things look better this year, but still not ideal for those who want to see all the nominees prior to the awards.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 14, 2013 6:33 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Amour' Gets Post-Oscar Nomination Expansion Bump

Two films with senior citizen casts stood out above the other specialized limited releases this weekend, the first after the Oscar nomination. "Amour," with its surprise five nominations, all in major categories (including the oldest ever Best Actress nominee) had a very good expansion timed to the announcements. Meantime, "Quartet," another film with a proven draw despite her age (Maggie Smith at 78 is seven years younger than Emmanuelle Riva) opened to solid results in exclusive New York/Los Angeles theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 13, 2013 4:22 PM
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