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TIFF 11 Acquisitions Recap: Best Gross 'Salmon' at $9 million

As acquisitions execs tally up their buys for Toronto Film Fest 2012, they would do well to note how the movies that were acquired here last year fared in release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 14, 2012 12:43 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Sundance Fest Hits Theaters

Although the film festival action is in Toronto right now, there's a mini-Sundance going on this weekend. Six different films that premiered at this year's event, including four in the prime American Narrative and Documentary competition, opened to varying but mainly decent results. "The Words," one of the six, opened wide this week and ranked #3 in the top 10.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 9, 2012 4:28 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: No Major New Releases Brings Disaster UPDATED

Don't look now, but this could end up being the lowest grossing weekend in theaters since at least 2008. And if you look at admissions, far worse.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 9, 2012 1:13 PM
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Best of the Week: Toronto, Venice & Telluride Fest Coverage, Plus Box Office, Awards & More

This week on TOH, we're in major festival mode with coverage and reviews out of Toronto, Venice and Telluride, we look at the weekend's theatrical offerings, analyze last weekend's box office and more!
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  • September 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Sleepwalk with Me' Is Hit, Three Sundance Entries Struggle to Find Audiences

Even on a holiday weekend, the holdover specialized films--especially "Sleepwalk with Me"-- continued to prosper as the new ones opened badly . They boasted the lowest opening per-screen averages since the low-performing post-Christmas period.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 2, 2012 3:30 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by 'The Possession' and 'Lawless,' Disaster 'The Ooogieloves' Brings Up Rear UPDATE

Grosses for Labor Day weekend are about even with last week’s as well as the same as last year (always the weakest holiday), led by overperforming Lionsgate horror entry "The Possession," hitting the youth crowd, while Weinstein's "Lawless" is delivering at expected levels with a discrete older audience.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 2, 2012 2:15 PM
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Summer Box Office Lessons: Grosses Dip, Dozen $100 Million Grossers, Wahlberg Rocks

As summer 2012 ends, studio execs are heaving sighs of relief. The expense of making and marketing a tentpole blockbuster keeps climbing, and with it the need to gross $500 million or more worldwide to ensure profit. Twelve films will gross more than $100 millon domestically (numbers through 8/26) in the US and Canada, down dramatically from 17 last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 31, 2012 2:25 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Sleepwalk With Me' and 'Samsara' Open Huge

It's been a strong summer for specialized movies, but no weekend has had two major new openings like this one. Two new films, "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara," should better than expected results. Among expanding films, "Robot and Frank" showed the most strength, but several other longer-playing films are also finding modest audiences, helping to sustain robust summer business.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 26, 2012 4:28 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: Anti-Obama Polemic Performs on Weak Weekend, 'Premium Rush' Starts Slow UPDATED

While three new studio releases started off shockingly slow, the strongest showing was "2016: Obama's America," an anti-Obama polemic that-- on just over 1,000 screens-- rose to eighth place after several weeks of more limited play. Overall business was typical of the summer dog days.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 26, 2012 1:43 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Samsara,' 'Little White Lies,' 'Wild Horse,' 'Premium Rush' & More

Consider this a weekend to indulge at the movies. The 70mm documentary "Samsara" is a gorgeous, spiritually rich experience to let wash over you, while "Wild Horse, Wild Ride" examines the equine-and-man relationship and delivers a moving result akin to last year's "Buck." Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") returns with the unabashedly French "Little White Lies," which requires antsy Americans to accept its slow pace and self-indulgence in order to appreciate its fine acting, particularly Marion Cotillard and Benoît Magimel.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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