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Strange August Box Office Weekend Boosted by Holdovers, 'Sin City' Bombs, Top Ten Chart

Strange days have found us. Late summer weekends can yield weird results, but rarely like this. Six of the Top Ten positions changed from Friday, which is rare, as two of three new films declined steeply. Meanwhile several of holdovers enjoyed solid jumps. Last week's top two films switched positions, with "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista) returning yet again as the top grosser after having been bested by "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) for the last two weeks.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 24, 2014 4:21 PM
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'If I Stay' Leads Dull Friday Box Office, Will 'A Dame to Kill For' Be Weinstein's Biggest Bomb Yet?

The total for the Top Ten yesterday was actually up about 15-percent from the same day last year, but only because this year's three new openers had considerably more heft.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 23, 2014 1:36 PM
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Top Ten Takeaways: What Went Wrong with 'The Giver' & 'Expendables 3,' Surprise Genre Gains Popularity

Less impressive are three new wide releases. The unheralded cop comedy "Let's Be Cops" (20th Century Fox) led the pack at $17.7 million, with an $8.5 million additional gross from its Wednesday opening. It bested the disappointing, much more expensive "The Expendables 3" (Lionsgate), which for a variety of reasons fell short of predictions. Also below its anticipated level was the young adult dystopian adaptation "The Giver" (Weinstein), which may have proved too similar to"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 4:52 PM
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'Expendables 3' Sinks at Box Office, 'Ninja Turtles' and 'Guardians' Still Lead

The August surge was weaker yesterday, but the Top Ten, led by last weekend's leaders "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) and "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista), managed to continue the recent improvement over last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 16, 2014 1:31 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: 'Turtles' Beats 'Guardians'; 'Hundred-Foot Journey' Scores With Adults, 'Get On Up' Stumbles

For the second time this summer and the first time ever in August, two films grossed over $40 million on the same weekend. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) opened over expectations at $65 million, while Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista) dropped a reasonable 56%. Last summer four films opened at over $40-million mark, three on one weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 10, 2014 4:50 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Mutant Ninja Turtles' Upends Marvel's 'Guardians' in Surprising August Upset

An unexpected pre-back-to-school surge in box office led to a much stronger than expected showing for Paramount's reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," winning the day's top gross of $25.6 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 9, 2014 1:17 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: What Marvel's 'Guardians' of the Galaxy' Opening Means, Can 'Get On Up' Cross Over?

Marvel continues to rule the Hollywood roost. Origin myth "Guardians of the Galaxy" yet again shows the power of Marvel's unified vision of a comic-book universe whose characters inhabit a clearly defined and immersive world. Like "Iron Man," these Guardians are less widely known than Thor, the Hulk or Captain America. Even so, "Guardians" performed at the same level as Marvel's other summer films, and in August! That marks Marvel's most impressive achievement this year. Clearly, audiences are searching for something different than the pablum the studios are feeding them. And "Guardians" wound up with critical raves far above the norm for a tentpole/international-appeal movie. (See Top Ten Chart below.)
  • By Tom Brueggemann and Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2014 5:21 PM
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Marvel to the Rescue as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Dominates Friday Box Office

What would the disappointing 2014 be without Marvel? After weekend figures come in, "Guardians of the Galaxy" joins the six films to open over $90 million this year -- four of which come from Marvel.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 2, 2014 1:27 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways, as Action Star Scarlett Johannson in 'Lucy' Lays Out The Rock in 'Hercules'

Two new openings led by Number One Grosser "Lucy" stood out among this weekend's Top 10 grosses. But this fresh new blood wasn't enough to staunch the overall ongoing box office bleeding. The leading films grossed around $130 million, another significant shortfall ($22 million) from the same time last year. The year to date total now is almost 7% below 2013, and even worse, behind every year since 2008.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral

The summer box office downward spiral continues, with another big drop. The Top Ten grossed $130 million compared to $174 million last year; 2014 is down 6% from 2013. What gives?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 4:23 PM
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