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Doing the Bond Numbers: How High Can 'Skyfall' Go? Bond Conquers World Before North American Release

With a 12-day worldwide gross of around $320 million through Tuesday, "Skyfall" enters the US/Canada market Friday as one of the biggest hits of the year. While it's already a huge success with critics and audiences, the latest James Bond entry isn't likely to be the biggest grosser of the year. But that's a minor downside.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 9, 2012 4:23 PM
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Weinstein Co. Is Smart to Move Up 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Harvey Weinstein is moving up the release of the much-buzzed about comedy "SIlver Linings PLaybook" by one week, opening on November 16 in ten key cities such as NY and LA, to generate some box office momentum before the final awards push in December and January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 2:22 PM
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Arthouse Audit: New Films Battle Elements and Studio Hits

Far more than the mainstream fare, Hurricane Sandy's aftereffects had a major impact in the specialized world, particularly with openings. With lower Manhattan slowly recovering, at least one new film was cancelled (Adopt's "Cafe de Flore") while others were delayed in certain theaters (Weinstein's "This Must Be the Place" at the Sunshine; Zeitgeist's "Gregory Crewdson" at the Film Forum). "Cafe" went ahead with its Miami booking to real success, while wider release "A Late Quartet" showed some promising initial response.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 4, 2012 4:24 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Moviegoers Elect 'Ralph' and Denzel

Both "Wreck-It-Ralph" and "Flight" opened better than expected (with upbeat audience reaction), despite widespread damage from Hurricane Sandy in the largest population center of the country. Neither film set records, but both scored with their different core demographics, and look set to thrive in upcoming weeks.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 4, 2012 1:10 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Wreck-It-Ralph' Leads Top Ten, 'Flight' Takes Off

"Wreck-It Ralph" started off with a non-holiday Friday gross of over $13 million--huge for an animated film--which is likely to be quadrupled for the weekend. After "Hotel Transylvania" owned October, "Ralph," from Disney Studios, is in position to dominate early November. With Thanksgiving ahead, it looks the crowd pleaser has a chance to be among the top animated releases of the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 3, 2012 3:23 PM
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James Bond 23, 'Skyfall,' Opens Big in UK and 24 Markets: Seven Things We Know About Bond

We know that with rave reviews, Sony and MGM's "Skyfall" could exceed the global gross on any other Bond. (Bond 22 gross/review rankings here.) The first international grosses are in from 25 markets and James Bond 23 is off to a rip-roaring start, opening everywhere at #1 and grossing $77.7 million. (It opens stateside on November 9.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2012 6:33 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Gotham Nominee 'Loneliest Planet' Leads Weak Newcomers

"The Loneliest Planet" led the underwhelming new specialized films this weekend, as "The Sessions" showed continuing strength in its second-week expansion. Otherwise business was on the low side even for the normally deemphasized pre-Halloween playtime. "The Other Son" showed some initial action in an unusual wider release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 28, 2012 4:27 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Argo' Sings, 'Cloud Atlas' Doesn't

This pre-Halloween weekend, one Warner Bros. release soared to the top of the box office line-up on strong word of mouth. The other, with a C+ Cinemascore, could be sinking fast. "Cloud Atlas," their expensive epic from three major directors, failed to gross $10 million, a soft opening for this much-ballyhooed $100-million epic. But "Argo" climbed to #1, showing more strength in its third week than robust initial reaction indicated.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Cloud Atlas' Does Not Float

Warner Bros. could have bragging rights with the top two films this weekend (based on Friday's grosses), but the reality is they can't be too happy with the poor performance of "Cloud Atlas." The Wachowski siblings/Tom Tykwer collaboration actually came in #3 for the day (just under $3.5 million). But with weak reviews (Metacritic score 54), an audience response of C+ on Cinemascore and a reported $100 million budget, this looks like it is headed for cult status rather than hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 27, 2012 5:30 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'The Sessions' Opens Strong, 'Holy Motors' OK, 'Smashed' and 'Paperboy' Sag, 'Sugar Man' Heads for $2 Million

"The Sessions" led the way among new films this week, performing as expected for this unusual drama, looking even better without a lot of other Oscar contenders opening in recent weeks. Three other review-driven films -- two documentaries and a controversial French film -- with much lower profiles found receptive audiences initially as well.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 21, 2012 3:48 PM
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