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Arthouse Audit: 'Beware of Mr. Baker' Best Opener as 'Silver Linings Playbook' Leads Expanding Films

Yet another initially successful NY opening of a doc about a performer ("Beware of Mr. Baker") competes with important expansions of several major awards contenders across the country. "Silver Linings Playbook" kept at about the same level of theaters as last week, and held quite well. While both "Hitchcock" and "Anna Karenina" took many more theaters, performing at a solid specialty level, neither has as optimistic prospects as "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 2, 2012 3:47 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Pitt's 'Killing' Opens Softly, Holdovers Soar

On what is usually one of the slowest weekends of the year-- post-Thanksgiving, when adults are holiday shopping--moviegoers flocked to a wide variety of strongly performing holdovers. The top ten grossed around $100 million, up a strong 40% from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 2, 2012 1:00 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: Weekend Dominated by Holdovers

A strong group of Oscar contending/older audience films led to a surge in what is usually the dead post-Thanksgiving weekend. With the same top five films as last weekend (although the final order might be slightly different), the top ten films Friday night grossed about 50% better than last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 1, 2012 4:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Hitchcock' and 'Rust and Bone' Fight for Attention

In a weekend that had adult audiences flocking to theaters in numbers rarely seen apart from Christmas and New Year's weeks, core specialized theaters struggled to get their normal share of the action. Three potentially award-contending films opened, all with the kind of pedigree expected to make them stand out in the crowd. All of them did gain some traction, but none marked a successful Thanksgiving weekend opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 25, 2012 4:27 PM
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Thanksgiving Box Office Top Ten: Weekend Record, More Gravy than Turkeys

The post-Thanksgiving weekend soared this year, but not via the usual family films. Continuing the trend over the past several weeks, Oscar contenders appealing to older audiences provided the heft to elevate grosses. Like last year, a "Twilight"-dominated weekend (again, the second) leads the pack. This year's entry continues the last's torrid pace (with even bigger grosses internationally). But last year, five of the top ten, and four of the top five were oriented to kids
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 25, 2012 12:52 PM
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Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Half-Time Report

Two days into the five-day Thankgiving holiday weekend, a pair of $100-million-plus wide releases opened on Wednesday, but both failed to make it into the top three, as holdovers "Breaking Dawn Part 2," "Skyfall," and "Lincoln" led the field. But overall business is strong - the top ten films grossed more than a third better than last year ($81 million from $60 million in 2011).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 23, 2012 4:24 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Silver Linings' and 'Anna Karenina' Start Steady, Not Stellar

Two anticipated openings dominated art houses this week, as both “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Anna Karenina” launched in multiple cities as part of a strategy to push audience response in advance of wider playoffs. Both faced – as do all limited releases at the moment – massive competition from wider release studio films that are drawing the same target adult audience. Both showed strength despite all the alternative films in play.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 18, 2012 4:16 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Twilight,' 'Skyfall' and 'Lincoln' Soar

A wide variety of films succeeded this weekend, mostly well-reviewed pictures for adults-- with one franchise finale (“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”) and one non-holiday Disney animation hit ("Wreck-It-Ralph") delivering as expected. Business for the Top Ten was up from both last weekend (50%) and last year (12%) – even though fewer films grossed over $4 million for the three days. But last year also saw a “Twilight” opening, so the uptick is impressive.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 18, 2012 1:04 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Twilight' Finale Soars, 'Lincoln' Solid Wide Break, 'Silver Linings' Builds Buzz

The opening of the final "Twilight" film leads all grosses this weekend, but it's not the only box office news. Without taking anything away from its strong $71-million first day and midnight show gross (equalling last year's, as expected), the most interesting figures come from a trio of likely Oscar contenders.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 17, 2012 4:16 PM
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If 'Skyfall' Reaches $1 Billion, Who Makes How Much?

With an $88.4 million domestic haul on its opening weekend and a $428.7 million international haul thus far, Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" could be the first Bond film to pass the $1 billion mark worldwide. Who will benefit the most from this skyfall of success?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:25 PM
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