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Three Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Why Studios Neglect Labor Day, What Studio Won the Summer & More

With the dearth of strong new openers typical of Labor Day, several holdovers were aided by a pre-holiday Sunday bump, seeing strong holds led by the meager five-percent drop for "Guardians," in first place for the third time since it opened five weeks ago.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 31, 2014 3:57 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Cantinflas' Soars in Limited Release While 'Boyhood' Leads Strong Crossover Successes

Though shunned by most distributors, Labor Day weekend does provide an opening for both specialized and mainstream films for those willing to take a chance.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 31, 2014 2:41 PM
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'Guardians' Looks to Retain Weekend Lead, Takes 2014 Top Spot

It's good news for Marvel and Disney as their "Guardians of the Galaxy" tops the grosses for Friday. With a little under $4 million, it has reached a $262 million total, besting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" as 2014's top domestic performer so far.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 30, 2014 2:49 PM
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Four Summer 2014 Box Office Takeaways: How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo

Over the course of covering the weekly box office, the huge drop in grosses over the summer season (defined as the first Friday in May through Labor Day) has become a regular theme. August's two strong performers reduced the toll a tad, but with one weekend remaining, the results are in. And they are grim.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 28, 2014 3:50 PM
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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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