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Box Office Top Ten: 'Captain America' Stays Strong to Beat 'Rio 2'

All signs on Saturday pointed to "Rio 2" (Blue Sky/Twentieth Century Fox) easily claiming the top spot this weekend. The animated sequel led the Friday box office, and kid-oriented films normally pop above average for the rest of the weekend. So it looked like it would easily top the second weekend for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Marvel/Buena Vista). But something changed.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 14, 2014 2:41 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Tops Trio of New Big-Name Openings

The heaviest slate of significant new films to open in one week so far this year, all of which had considerable attention from Cannes to Toronto in 2013, opened to variable results this weekend.
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  • April 13, 2014 4:26 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Rio 2' Edges 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'; 'Noah' Plummets, 'Only Lovers' Leads Specialty Openers

"Rio 2" took the lead in the Friday box office with $12 million reported, placing it just ahead of the second weekend for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at $11.9 million. "Noah" plummeted in its third weekend. Three specialty openers disappointed.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 12, 2014 7:17 PM
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Weekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Smashes the Field

Marvel/Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" vacuumed up nearly 60% of the Top 10 gross of $157 million. Recent openers "Noah" (Paramount) and "Divergent" (Lionsgate) took powerful body blows and fell quickly from their modest starts. "Captain America"'s strong number distorts the overall box office performance, which is otherwise showing signs of weakness.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Captain America' Does Huge Business, 'Under the Skin' Has Healthy Limited Opening

Marvel's latest juggernaut "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Buena Vista) replicated its one-week earlier initial initial success with a domestic take of $37,041,000, a record for an April opening. This is just under $3 million better than the previous best April first day achieved by the non-3D "Fast Five" (2011), with the take including $10.2 million for Thursday evening shows.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 5, 2014 2:10 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 30, 2014 1:54 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Noah' an Easy Number One, Hasta La Vista to Arnold's 'Sabotage'

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, box office revenues for a weekend will fall short of last year. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" (Paramount) will dominate the top 10, with Friday's take at $15,238,000 (including Thursday evening shows). With the only other wide opener "Sabotage" (Open Road) at #7 with $1,825,000, grosses were down 30% from the same Friday in 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 29, 2014 1:59 PM
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Box Office Top 10: 'Divergent' Tops Uneven Field, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Surges, 'Lego Movie' Passes $400 Million Worldwide

Dystopian romance "Divergent" dominated the box office this weekend. The latest movie based on a young adult book series launched a new franchise for Lionsgate/Summit--the sequel "Insurgent" starts production in May. "Divergent" boosted overall Top 10 grosses to $130 million, just enough for the 17th consecutive weekend to outperform the previous year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 23, 2014 1:44 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Divergent' Saves the Day, with an Unexpected Assist from 'God's Not Dead'

"Divergent," the latest dystopian female-centered novel adaptation to strive for franchise success, grossed a solid $22.8 million for its first day (including Thursday evening shows). Unlike recent weeks when multiple titles spread the wealth, the film looks to dominate the weekend.
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  • March 22, 2014 1:21 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: DreamWorks Scores Hit & Miss, 'Veronica Mars' Scores Day-and-Date Landmark, 'Grand Budapest' Soars

Two surprise entries in the weekend box office top ten were Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel," in only 66 theaters, as well as Kickstarter-financed "Veronica Mars." Two wider new releases opened soft: "Need for Speed" and "Tyler Perry's Single Woman's Club."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 2:18 PM
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