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'Transformers 4' Delivers Year's First $100-Million Weekend, Jolie's 'Maleficent' Passes $200 Million Domestic, 'Fault' Woodley's Second $100-Million Grosser

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" overcame the worst reviews of Michael Bay's career to deliver the summer's first $100 million weekend. The rest of the world came in just over double that at $201 million. With the World Cup having finished its intense initial round and little competition from new films either stateside or abroad, Paramount picked the perfect weekend for the return of the mighty Hasbro franchise.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2014 1:53 PM
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Will Hollywood Learn from 'The Fault In Our Stars'?

This past weekend showed that the marketing strategy employed by Fox and Mr. Dewey for "The Fault in Our Stars" was "spot on." The studio projected that the movie would hit $29 million at the North American box office. But something else happened.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • June 10, 2014 10:30 AM
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Cancel All Your Plans: This Summer Movie Weekend Offers a Diverse Slate of Must-Sees

Has there been a better weekend for movies this year than this one? Friday offers more than enough for all tastes, temperaments and attention spans, from the saccharine ("The Fault in Our Stars") and acidic ("Borgman") to the crowd-pleasing ("Edge of Tomorrow") and deeply disturbing ("The Sacrament").
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 5, 2014 4:40 PM
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'The Fault in Our Stars' Review and Roundup: Shailene Woodley Carries Manipulative Weepie

Trust me: when it opens Friday 'The Fault in Our Stars' will be review proof. It matters not a whit what any of us have to say about Josh Boone's four-hankie tragic romance based on social media star John Green's bestselling Young Adult novel. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber of "(500) Days of Summer" fame faithfully adapted the book, but this is a case where I wanted to see the authentic indie version of the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2014 1:52 PM
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