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'Skyfall' Breaks IMAX Non-Summer Records with $12.75 Domestic Haul on 320 Screens

IMAX has posted its weekend "Skyfall" box office numbers: the 23rd James Bond film took in an impressive $12.75 million on 320 screens, resulting in an approximate $40K per-screen average. This is IMAX's best opening weekend ever in non-summer months.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 12:30 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Lincoln' Makes Triumphant Limited Opening, Beats 'Schindler's List' Initial Numbers

Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" opened with the most impressive limited gross of the year, solidifying its status as a rigorous Oscar contender. Though not the top per screen average of the year, it opened wider - 11 theaters in seven cities, not just NY/LA - than those with higher average numbers.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 11, 2012 4:14 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by 'Skyfall, 'Lincoln' Scores in Limited Release

With "Skyfall" gobbling up more than half the total weekend box office, the top ten grossers are on track to gross $160 million, the best total yet in what has been a strong fall.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 11, 2012 12:49 PM
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'Skyfall' Dominates Weekend Box Office

"Skyfall" scored $30.8 million Friday, shooting a needed adrenaline injection into the fall box office after a disappointing summer. And Bond 23 has already earned some $350 million in its first two weeks internationally. Judging from Friday numbers, the US/Canada gross continues a consistent trend for the Bond series going back to "GoldenEye" in 1995: each new entry outperforms the previous one.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2012 4:28 PM
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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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