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Weekend Box Office: Holdover 'The Lorax' Gobbles Up 'John Carter'

With three new wide releases hitting the marketplace, Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” held onto the top spot for the second consecutive weekend with an estimated $39.1 million, slipping a mild 44% while advancing its 10-day cume to a robust $122 million, thanks largely to a responsive family audience and positive word of mouth.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 11, 2012 12:56 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'John Carter' Arrives, 'Friends With Kids,' 'Silent House,' 'Salmon Fishing,' 'Sushi' & More

It's a weekend to have fun at the box office. If you don't take any of it too seriously, you'll enjoy the star-packed rom-com "Friends With Kids" (with many familiar "Bridesmaids" faces) or the fascinating disaster that is "John Carter." If you loved "Dogtooth," check out its sister film from Greece, "Attenberg." The charm of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor combine in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" while Elizabeth Olsen flexes her horror film skills in "Silent House." Top it all off with the mouthwatering doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2012 4:43 PM
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Why 'John Carter' Is a Fascinating Disaster, Early Reviews (Video)

You could see Disney's "John Carter" (March 9) shaping up as a misfire from a long way off. No studio has projected "disaster" so loudly since Sony's misbegotten remake of "Godzilla" in 1998. For a $250 million movie to be tracking near a $25 million opening is shocking.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2012 1:42 PM
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Post-Oscar Weekend Indie Box Office: Alive but Struggling

The operation was a success, but the patients are on life support.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 4, 2012 2:10 PM
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'The Lorax' Triumphs at Weekend Box Office with Record Opening, 'The Artist' Falls Out of Top Ten UPDATED

It was a weekend of surprises with expectations surpassed across the board. Both new wide releases did better than anticipated –- especially Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” -- and the session overall marked the ninth consecutive up weekend this year.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 4, 2012 1:10 AM
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Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

Though Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid '90s, the film's original score still marks composer Alan Menken's fourth accomplisment in March...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2012 3:03 PM
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Weekend Preview: Head Down Under, With Limited Releases 'Boy' and 'The Snowtown Murders'

There's quite a variety of new releases at the box office this weekend, from Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" and the animated "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" to "Boy" from New Zealand and "The Snowtown Murders" from Australia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2012 2:33 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' and the Future of Animation

Producer Chris Meledandri knows all too well the meaning of "Rango's" Oscar victory last Sunday: You can't play it safe. And so far he's resisted the temptation with his impressive track record: First launching Blue Sky's blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise when he was president of Fox Animation and then having lightning strike twice with "Despicable Me" two years ago.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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2012 Box Office Swings Up, Boosted by Product Glut

So far this year, the studios have been cheering one up weekend at the box office after another.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 2, 2012 10:40 AM
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