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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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Friday Top Ten: 'Sinister' Starts Strong, 'Argo' and 'Seven Psychopaths' Build Buzz

So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last Friday --which was bolstered by the hige operning of "Taken 2." By Sunday the order of the top films of the weekend should change. And the ultimate success of the most anticipated release -- Ben Affleck's "Argo" -- won't be known until longer into its run.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 13, 2012 4:28 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Controversial 'Paperboy' Leads Weak New Debuts

Although improved from last week's weak openings, the new ones again fell below the strong performance of September's debuts. The controversial "The Paperboy" had the best overall performance. New York openers "Wuthering Heights" and "The House I Live In" managed to stand out among the rest, backed by strong reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 4:57 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Update: 'Taken' Sequel Doubles Original, 'Transylvania' Trounces 'Frankenweenie'

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," the weekend's grosses shot up to $129 million for the top ten, up $26 million from last week and $59 million from a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it's no surprise when the domestic box office is pushed by non-Brit international productions.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 12:39 PM
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