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Friday Box Office: '22 Jump Street' and 'Train Your Dragon 2' Both Headed for $50 Million-Plus Weekends

Studios played it safe this weekend opposite the start of the World Cup--which is more damaging to overall box office internationally--by debuting two sequels domestically. Both the well-reviewed "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" look headed to over $50 million for the weekend, a rare occurrence for more than one new film.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 14, 2014 2:37 PM
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Warner Bros. Studio Post-Robinov: Do They Need a Strategy Reboot?

The risk of changing management is that new executives face a steep learning curve. Some figure out the rules of the game fast enough to keep their jobs. Others--see Gail Berman at Paramount, Rich Ross at Disney--do not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2014 4:48 PM
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You'll Never Guess Which Country Loves Tom Cruise the Most

Which country loves Tom Cruise the most? The movie geeks over at Vulture have crunched the data. Yes, Cruise's newest offering, Doug Liman's "Edge of Tomorrow," got steamrolled here in the U.S. over the weekend, bringing in just $29 million, well behind box office champ "The Fault in Our Stars" and week-old "Maleficent." So typically these days Warner Bros. is relying on the fact that nearly 78 percent of the gross so far--$111 million-- has come from international sales.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 11, 2014 12:10 PM
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Why 'Jupiter Ascending' Really Got Pushed (TRAILER)

Want to know the real reason why Warner Bros. is pushing back "Matrix" creators Andy and Lana Wachowski's “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and a puckish Channing Tatum, from summer season July 18 to off-peak Feb. 6, 2015? It's not only the recent studio trend to invest more time and money in already expensive would-be tentpoles rather than risk not pleasing audiences.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2014 1:06 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Obvious Child' Stands Out Among Tepid Openers

Although a decent line-up of current openers continues to provide a steady flow of specialized film customers as these films expand, the early summer newbies keep falling short -- and none compare to the top June players of recent years.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 6:04 PM
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Top Ten: 'Fault In Our Stars' Soars at Box Office as 'Edge of Tomorrow' Hopes for International Boost

The weekend after Angelina Jolie propelled "Maleficent" (Buena Vista), an expensive summer tentpole, to significant success, Shailene Wooley did the same with the low-budget romance-amid-illness "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox). Building on a core of interest from the young adult novel and then adding smart casting and imaginative, significantly social-media based marketing, "Fault" came in significantly ahead, at least in domestic totals, of Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow" (Warner Bros.), whose budget was about 15 times more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 1:05 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Fault In Our Stars' Continues Female-Driven Rebound, While Cruise's 'Edge of Tomorrow' Is Spotty

With the strong initial grosses for "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox), another young adult novel has turned into a significant hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 7, 2014 1:19 PM
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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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Career Watch: Has 'Maleficent' Restored Angelina Jolie's Box Office Mojo?

Reviews were mixed. But for moviegoers, the $70 million opening for "Maleficent" -- an Angelina Jolie record -- for a rare female summer action adventure suggests that they were transfixed by the sight of the right actress in a perfect-fit role.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 2, 2014 6:30 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal' Tops Specialty Box Office; Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Takes Second

An eclectic group of new releases failed to provide any films with more than niche potential in upcoming weeks. The standout is "Korengal" (Saboteur), a sequel of sorts to the Oscar-nominated documentary feature "Restrepo," which had a New York opening in the range of its predecessor. "Night Moves" (Cinedigm), the latest film from indie auteur Kelly Reichardt, had a decent if not spectacular two-theater bicoastal start.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2014 4:55 PM
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