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Top Ten: Pricey '300' Sequel and 'Mr. Peabody' Pass $30 Million; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Opens Huge

So far the 2014 box office keeps surging on, at least compared to 2013--beating last year's numbers for 15 weeks in a row.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 1:10 PM
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'300' Sequel & 'Mr. Peabody' Open Strong, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Record in Two City Release

As expected, two $100-million-plus tentpoles, "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," opened Friday at #1 and 2 with $17.7 million and $8.0 million respectively.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 8, 2014 8:07 PM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 4:29 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Non-Stop' and Edited TV Series 'Son of God' Top Oscar Weekend

Two strong new openers --Universal's domestic pick-up "Non-Stop" and "Son of God," a theatrical revamping of cable hit "The Bible"-- led another strong weekend at the box office. Only one Oscar contender factored in the Top Ten, scoring over $1 billion around the world. But another CG movie is dominating the first quarter.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 1:46 PM
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'Non-Stop' and 'Son of God' Continue 2014 Box Office Roll

Marking the 14th straight weekend of improved grosses over 2013, two less-heralded new releases scored strong Friday returns. Number one for the day is the French/US co-production "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson. Close behind at #2 is "Son of God," a theatrical version of the successful cable miniseries "The Bible" from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 1, 2014 11:24 PM
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Why the Oscar Box Office Slump? It's Not What You Think

When the Academy decided to extend the list of Best Picture contender to up to 10 (the last three years have had nine), one of the goals was to open up the competition to more widely-seen films. The studios have fallen in line, and one result has been more studio films in the mix, particularly some released at year's end.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 25, 2014 5:12 PM
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'Veronica Mars' Kickstarts Studio Same Day Theater and Home Viewing Breaththrough

Warner Bros. has confirmed that their March 14 limited release "Veronica Mars" will open day and date in theaters as well as on multiple Video on Demand venues. This will be the first time a major studio has ever done this, which makes it one of the most significant film business stories of the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 7:34 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Wind Rises' and 'Elaine Stritch' Pull Crowds, 'In Secret' Sags

The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are the standouts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 4:08 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: Newcomers '3 Days to Kill' & 'Pompeii' No Match for 'Lego''s Legs

"The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) continued its amazing run with a third weekend at #1 and shows no sign of weakening. The movie elevated the weekend's Top Ten total to $94 million, significantly down from last week's holiday numbers, but still $10 million above the same time last year. 2014 to date remains 9 % ahead of 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 1:36 PM
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