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Arthouse Audit: 'The Immigrant' and 'Chinese Puzzle' Lead Specialty Box Office

As Cannes is well under way, The Weinstein Co. finally opened a movie that debuted during the festival a year ago, James Gray's "The Immigrant," which came to the festival freighted with big expectations. In the interim its status as one of their prime films faded, and it only now is seeing the light of day stateside.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 18, 2014 5:13 PM
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Box Office: 'Godzilla' Destroys Box Office, but What About 'Million Dollar Arm'?

Warner Bros.' "Godzilla" reboot took in more than half of the Top 10 gross this weekend, and became the third $90 million-plus opener since early April. The haul brought the total gross for these films to $169 million, a decent jump from $146 million last year -- when "Iron Man 3" was king of the box office. The strength of 2013's late May releases, which included "Fast and Furious 6," "Hangover 3" and "Epic," may be tough to match.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 18, 2014 2:16 PM
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'Godzilla' Conquers Friday Box Office, 'Million Dollar Arm' Opens Modestly

Godzilla" (Warner Bros.) took in $38,525,000 yesterday, including just under $10 million in Thursday night shows, to qualify as the biggest opening day since "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last November.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 17, 2014 2:15 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Two Comedies Score as 'Chef' Beats Out 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Palo Alto' Shows Promise

Jon Favreau's "Chef" (Open Road) and Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" (Tribeca) both scored more than $20,000 per screen in limited openings this weekend. Radius/Weinstein veered from its usual pattern with a wider initial release of the food documentary "Fed Up," eschewing VOD for now.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 4:28 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Neighbors' Pushes 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Out of Top Slot

Original Seth Rogen comedy "Neighbors" (Universal) easily won the weekend. The race for first place wasn't even close against the second weekend of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Sony). When comic-book movies open strong they usually fall off dramatically.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 1:15 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Neighbors' Soars, 'Spider-Man' Gets Caught in Its Web with Big Fall

Universal's "Neighbors," starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, proved once again how hungry audiences are for laughs at the movies with a $19.6 million Friday night gross (including $2.5 million from the previous night). This is the best one-day figure for a live-action comedy since "Ted" (also Universal) in June 2012, which grossed just over $20 million, for a 3-day total of $54 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 10, 2014 1:51 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Ida' and 'Belle' Both Post Strong Openings, 'The Lunchbox' Passes $3 Million

Two high-profile festival entries, "Ida" and "Belle," posted solid debuts in their New York/Los Angeles openings. Lacking big-name directors, stars or high-concept story lines, both specialized films' initial success should help them to find a wider audience.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 4:33 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Clears the Field, But Sets No Records

This year the official summer season launches, as did last, with a Marvel comic sequel. But Sony's costly "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," while it opened $2 million ahead of the expected gross of $90 million, is nowhere close to last year's Marvel entry. While it's scoring overseas, it could face a long road to profitability.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 1:13 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Spider-Man 2' Does As Expected, But Lags Behind Recent Marvel Films

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Sony) grossed around $35.5 million for its opening (including $8.7 million from Thursday night shows), with a likely weekend domestic total around $90 million or a bit more. The film is doing as well as expected, and as of Thursday it had already grossed over $150 million in initial strong international dates -- with many territories, including highly anticipated China, still to open.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 3, 2014 1:52 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Locke' Breaks Out, CBS Films Takes VOD Route for Diaz-starrer 'Gambit,' Written by Coens

April tends not to be a standout month for new top specialized releases, sometimes by design, sometimes because films under perform. This weekend provided s not the final word for ultimate performance), with A24's "Locke" coming in as third best for the month (after "Fading Gigolo" and "Under the Skin").a fourth to open with a decent per screen average of over $20,000 (a reasonable low-end benchmark for two city openings at this time of the year, but as ever not the final determiner of ultimate performance).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 27, 2014 6:54 PM
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