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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Update: 'Taken' Sequel Doubles Original, 'Transylvania' Trounces 'Frankenweenie'

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," the weekend's grosses shot up to $129 million for the top ten, up $26 million from last week and $59 million from a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it's no surprise when the domestic box office is pushed by non-Brit international productions.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 12:39 PM
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Friday Top Ten Box Office: 'Taken' Sequel Takes All

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," Friday's grosses shot up to $43 million for the top ten, up more than a third from last week and almost doubling a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it isn't surprising that domestic box office sometimes is pushed by non-British international productions.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 6, 2012 4:22 PM
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Arthouse Audit: All Quiet on the New Opener Front

Following two weeks with outstanding new limited openings of anticipated Toronto premieres, this week offered only one new opening -- Film Arcade's "The Other Dream Team" -- with any traction in the market. At least ten other films opening in significant specialized theaters didn't even report grosses, suggesting very little business.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 30, 2012 3:34 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Originals and Innovative Marketing Rule UPDATE

For the first weekend in a while, there's been a real uptick in business. The top ten films grossed $105 million, compared to last week's $71 million and $84 million a year ago. Led by two Sony releases in the top positions, followed by indie holdover "End of Watch," the wide range of films prove that outside-the-box production decisions can deliver --and broaden the kind of non-sequel, non-franchise series films that get made.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 30, 2012 12:50 PM
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Friday Box Office Top Ten: Original Films and Inventive Marketing Win

For the first weekend in a while, there's been a real uptick in business. The top 10 films on Friday grossed over $30 million, compared to $23.5 million last Friday and $26 million a year ago. Led by two Sony releases in the top positions, followed by indie holdover "End of Watch," the wide range of films prove that outside-the-box production decisions can deliver --and broaden the kind of non-sequel, non-franchise series films that get made.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 29, 2012 4:20 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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Top Ten Weekend Box Office: 'End of Watch' Overtakes 'House at the End of the Street' at Number One

After a rare tie for #1 in the Sunday box office estimates, the gritty acclaimed police drama "End of Watch" emerged as the clear winner, easily outpacing the Jennifer Lawrence horror film "House at the End of the Street," which barely edged out "Trouble With the Curve" for second.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 24, 2012 6:51 PM
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Arthouse Audit: The Perks of Being a Young Adult

Another week, another spectacular limited September (or anytime) opening as "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" exceeds expectations and shows promise for a strong expansion. Though not at the level of "The Master" last week (whose expansion is covered in the Top Ten wrapup), with appeal to a broad swath of young people due to the success of the novel, "Perks" has substantial broad potential of its own.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 23, 2012 3:53 PM
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Top Ten Weekend Box Office: Slump Continues, Lawrence vs. Gyllenhaal/Pena for Number One UPDATED

The order for the top three is uncertain until Sunday actuals are reported Monday, with an unusual tie as of now for #1. Among those two films - "House at the End of the Street" and "End of Watch" - the latter, in fewer theaters, had the higher per screen average. For their modest level of expense and ability to grow audiences in upcoming weeks, both "End of Watch" and "Trouble With the Curve" show promise.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 23, 2012 12:41 PM
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Friday Box Office Top Ten: Trouble With the Grosses, Lawrence Leads Weak Field

There's no getting around the truth: business continues to be bad. Although the top ten grossed a bit above last week's mediocre numbers, by this point most year's numbers are recovering with new, stronger releases upgrading performance. But compared to a year ago, grosses are down by a disastrous one third! Last year, three films grossed $5 million or more on Friday. This year, none did.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 22, 2012 4:29 PM
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