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Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia

Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia
For the first time ever, this Memorial Day Weekend could mark the first-ever number one chick flick, predicts TOH box-office numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who interviews distribution chiefs from Warners and Disney about their expectations for the four-day holiday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2010 2:47 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Shrek 4 Stumbles, MacGruber Flops

In its fourth go-round, DreamWorks Animation's latest Shrek installment stumbled on its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $71.25 million, marking a probable end to the lucrative franchise. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 23, 2010 4:32 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Robin Hood Takes Second Stateside, Number One Abroad

Iron Man 2 held onto number one as Ridley Scott's costly period epic Robin Hood took second in North America, but scored big overseas, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 16, 2010 10:30 AM
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Iron Man 2 Takes $133.6 Million, Breaks No Records

Iron Man 2 Takes $133.6 Million, Breaks No Records
Iron Man 2 jump-started the summer season with robust $133.6 million weekend take, more than enough to make Paramount happy, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 9, 2010 4:59 AM
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Iron Man 2 Set To Break Records, Jump-Start Summer

It’s incorrect to label Iron Man 2 a fan boy film – even though it’s based on the Marvel comic book superhero. Many expect Iron Man 2 to earn the highest weekend ever at the domestic B.O, outstripping Warner Bros.’ first frame for The Dark Knight which made $158.4 million in late July 2008. When fan boy films begin churning out huge opening numbers, they become four-quadrant films. Not only is Iron Man 2 currently tracking through the roof in every sector (unaided awareness, total awareness, first choice, definite interest) for Iron Man 2 but no other studio is counter-programming a title against the Marvel sequel – evidence that this is an everyman tent pole.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 6, 2010 12:40 PM
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Takes $32 Million, Furry Vengeance Flops

The Nightmare on Elm Street remake grabbed a hefty $32.2 million at the weekend box office. How to Train Your Dragon and Date Night still have legs, while The Back-Up Plan took a second-week dive and Brendan Fraser flopped in Furry Vengeance. Anthony D'Alessandro crunches the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 2, 2010 3:55 AM
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TCM Classic Film Festival is Hit, and is Coming Back

Last weekend's TCM Classic Film Festival in LA was such a hit that it's coming back in 2011. TCM targeted an aging demo starving for classic movies and created an event feel, with Q & As and panels, from Danny and Anjelica Huston honoring their father and grandfather in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre to Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (which holds up really well, fresh as a daisy) and the Complete Metropolis accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, which judging from the interest I'm gauging will do some business. (Leonard Maltin covered the fest like a blanket.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 7:29 AM
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How to Train Your Dragon Roars Past The Back-Up Plan

How to Train Your Dragon came roaring back at the weekend box office, proving that fab word-of-mouth trumps familiar old-hat formulas every time. Jennifer Lopez rom-com The Back-Up Plan came in second, and DC comics movie The Losers was a disaster, coming in fourth behind Date Night. Anthony D'Alessandro dissects the numbers.Never dis a dragon – even at the box office. Paramount-DreamWorks 3D toon How to Train Your Dragon continued to flap its legs, err wings in a murky April weekend session, earning $15 million at 3,665 theaters.  Dragon slipped 23% in its fifth weekend raising its domestic cume to $178 million. Overall, weekend receipts counted an estimated $95 million, off 10-15% from a year ago.  Distribs account the drop to the lack of film product in the market, particularly with Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps moving out of the month.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 25, 2010 4:30 AM
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Senate Committee Passes Wall Street Transparency Act Banning Box Office Trading

Whew! Even though the Fed has approved the existence of two companies seeking to market wagers on box office futures, the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday could set back the financial ventures by passing the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, reports the LAT, which includes a provision that bans trading on the box office:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 7:30 AM
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Summer Movies: What Can Top Iron Man 2?

Summer Movies: What Can Top Iron Man 2?
It's starting to look a lot like summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 4:01 AM
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