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Friday Box Office Top Ten: Original Films and Inventive Marketing Win

For the first weekend in a while, there's been a real uptick in business. The top 10 films on Friday grossed over $30 million, compared to $23.5 million last Friday and $26 million a year ago. Led by two Sony releases in the top positions, followed by indie holdover "End of Watch," the wide range of films prove that outside-the-box production decisions can deliver --and broaden the kind of non-sequel, non-franchise series films that get made.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 29, 2012 4:20 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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Top Ten Weekend Box Office: 'End of Watch' Overtakes 'House at the End of the Street' at Number One

After a rare tie for #1 in the Sunday box office estimates, the gritty acclaimed police drama "End of Watch" emerged as the clear winner, easily outpacing the Jennifer Lawrence horror film "House at the End of the Street," which barely edged out "Trouble With the Curve" for second.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 24, 2012 6:51 PM
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Arthouse Audit: The Perks of Being a Young Adult

Another week, another spectacular limited September (or anytime) opening as "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" exceeds expectations and shows promise for a strong expansion. Though not at the level of "The Master" last week (whose expansion is covered in the Top Ten wrapup), with appeal to a broad swath of young people due to the success of the novel, "Perks" has substantial broad potential of its own.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 23, 2012 3:53 PM
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Top Ten Weekend Box Office: Slump Continues, Lawrence vs. Gyllenhaal/Pena for Number One UPDATED

The order for the top three is uncertain until Sunday actuals are reported Monday, with an unusual tie as of now for #1. Among those two films - "House at the End of the Street" and "End of Watch" - the latter, in fewer theaters, had the higher per screen average. For their modest level of expense and ability to grow audiences in upcoming weeks, both "End of Watch" and "Trouble With the Curve" show promise.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 23, 2012 12:41 PM
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Friday Box Office Top Ten: Trouble With the Grosses, Lawrence Leads Weak Field

There's no getting around the truth: business continues to be bad. Although the top ten grossed a bit above last week's mediocre numbers, by this point most year's numbers are recovering with new, stronger releases upgrading performance. But compared to a year ago, grosses are down by a disastrous one third! Last year, three films grossed $5 million or more on Friday. This year, none did.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 22, 2012 4:29 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Off To the Races With 'The Master' & 'Arbitrage'

Not only did "The Master" (limited) and "Arbitrage" (wider and also available outside of theater viewing) do great business this weekend, they did so at what is usually a slow time of the year. The same weekend in 2011 saw "My Weekend With Margueritte" and "Restless" open to modest at best results. After an unusually strong specialized summer, not only does the fall start off with a bang, but earlier than usual.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 16, 2012 4:08 PM
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Top Ten Weekend Box Office: Two Paul Andersons Rule UPDATED

Although the weekend's top ten grosses- totaling around $65 million--were a nice boost from last weekend's disastrous $45 million, they still represent a drop of more than 25% from the same weekend last year. Much of the difference comes from this year's 3-D Disney reissue falling short of last year's, but studios and theaters have reason to wonder when business is going to return to steadier levels.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 16, 2012 12:58 PM
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New Digital Restoration of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Hits Theaters Friday, Blu-ray Release September 18

Following a successful one-week IMAX engagement, Paramount is giving Spielberg's classic action flick "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" an extended theatrical run starting September 14, playing in more than 300 digital cinemas across the country and anticipating the film's Blu-ray release on September 18.
  • By Beth Hanna and Maggie Lange
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  • September 14, 2012 2:34 PM
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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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