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Arthouse Audit: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' Best Opening Since 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

After last weekend's Olympics-be-damned slate of high pedigree new films, the second weekend provided only one with real expectations - Sundance Premiere section acquisition "Celeste and Jesse Forever." And despite overall mixed reviews, it achieved the best opening numbers of any new release since "Beasts of the Southern Wild," showing that there is room for more hits in this already upbeat specialized summer.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 5, 2012 2:23 PM
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Studio Weekend Box Office: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Wins the Gold Vs. New Competition UPDATED TOP TEN ANALYSIS

Nothing could touch Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" at the box office this weekend. Grosses for the top wide releases came in at about below 27% of the same weekend last year, mostly due to the ongoing impact of the Olympics. "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" debuted that weekend, with a weekend gross of $55 million, more than double that of this weekend’s top new film "Total Recall."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 5, 2012 12:43 PM
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Best of the Week: Box Office and Olympics Butt Heads, Sight & Sound Top 50, Remembering Chris Marker and Gore Vidal & More

This week on TOH, the box office came down with a case of Olympics syndrome, Sight & Sound announced the Top 50 Films of All Time (with "Vertigo" taking the crown), we remembered avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker and screenwriter-essayist Gore Vidal, and more!
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  • August 3, 2012 3:49 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Total Recall' a Noisy, Shallow, Costly Misfire

For a reported budget of $200 million, you'd think that if nothing else "Total Recall" would be visually dazzling. Sadly, Len Wiseman's futuristic universe lacks believable depth and texture, and the actors are stuck with a truly uninspired script. A zero-gravity sequence is an exception to the otherwise incessant and forgettable action.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 1:58 PM
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Arthouse Audit: New Releases Led by 'Ruby Sparks' Are Hurt By Olympics

Four years ago at the 2008 Olympics opening, specialized distributors avoided the date like the plague for new releases. This year, several anticipated films opened--and none showed strength consistent with what has been a robust late spring/summer. As the games tend to appeal to older audiences, this is not particularly surprising.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 29, 2012 2:41 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Business As Usual? No, It's the Olympics, Stupid

As the film industry worries about audience fears at movie theaters, there's a temptation to pass some quick judgments about the long-term impact of the Aurora tragedy on movie attendance. This weekend at least, we should not overlook the more important X factor ---the opening of the Olympics. That made a difference in two crucial ways.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 29, 2012 12:50 PM
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Weekend Preview: Indie and Doc Varietals Join Second Weekend of 'Dark Knight Rises'

Indies and docs and foreign films, Oh My! No tentpole franchises opening this weekend, but there is drama ("Nuit #1" from Canada), gore ("Killer Joe"), dirty comedy (Denmark's "Klown"), true stories (docs "Searching for Sugar Man" and "Ai Weiwei") and a quirky romantic comedy ("Ruby Sparks").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 27, 2012 6:26 AM
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Studios Report Actual Monday Numbers Due to Colorado Shootings; 'Dark Knight Rises' Pulls Undeterred Moviegoers UPDATED FULL REPORT AND CHART

In the face of tragedy and fear resulting from a deranged psychotic murderer in Colorado, moviegoers in North America were undeterred as they showed up en masse to see Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” this past weekend.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 23, 2012 4:39 PM
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Arthouse Audit: The 'Queen' Rules in Limited Openings

With a solid opening weekend gross, Magnolia's "The Queen of Versailles" becomes yet another of the year's initially successful documentaries. The weekend's other new releases include an eclectic group of films and release patterns with varying-- but lesser-- results.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 23, 2012 10:39 AM
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'The Dark Knight Rises' Racks Up $30 Million, Second-Highest Midnight Show Gross Ever Marred by Colorado Tragedy

With 3,825 midnight shows, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” racked up an impressive $30.64 million – topping the $18.7 million of Disney’s “The Avengers” and marking the second-highest gross from midnight shows on a film debut in history. Only Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” grossed more with $43.5 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 20, 2012 2:44 PM
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