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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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Top Ten Weekend Box Office Led by 'Paranormal Activity 4' and Holdover 'Argo'

Strong holdovers like "Argo," more than the new "Paranormal Activity" installment, boosted this weekend's box office over last year. Many had only small fall offs from last week. Business was also helped by a diverse slate of films appealing to a wide range of audiences. -- important for raising ticket sales, but not always achieved by studios.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 21, 2012 1:12 PM
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Top Ten Saturday Preview: 'Paranormal Activity' Leads Field; 'Argo' Holds Strong

Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth and/or continued interest. The rankings may change in the final weekend tally.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 20, 2012 4:02 PM
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'Samsara' Documentary is Oscilloscope's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson's strikingly visual and genre-bending documentary "Samsara" has become Oscilloscope studio's biggest hit since its founding in February 2008. The film has grossed over $1.8 million as of October 14, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 15, 2012 6:58 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Middle of Nowhere' Proves Buyers Wrong with Innovative Releasing Model

The high quality of some recent wide-release films is taking its toll on specialty films. With "Argo" nabbing raves, "Looper," "Seven Psychopaths" and "The Perks of Being a Wildflower" also in the top ten and "The Master" and "Arbitrage" still drawing audiences, it's tough to compete with smaller films.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 14, 2012 3:48 PM
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Weekend Box Office Update: 'Taken 2' Holds Number One; 'Argo' Comes In Second

So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last weekend --which was bolstered by the huge opening of "Taken 2." After leading on Friday, "Sinister" fell to third. The ultimate success of the most anticipated weekend release -- Ben Affleck's "Argo" - -won't be known until longer into its run, but its strong start indicates a chance to become a breakout hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 14, 2012 12:55 PM
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