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Arthouse Audit: Could 'Boyhood' Mark a Turning Point for Distributors?

Richard Linklater's much anticipated "Boyhood" (IFC) debuted to astonishing figures this weekend in its initial five theaters, providing initial proof that the festival and critical sensation has a real shot of finding popular appeal.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 13, 2014 2:09 PM
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'Dawn of Planet of the Apes' Dominates Otherwise Weak Friday Box Office, While 'Boyhood' Tops Limited Openers

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (20th Century Fox) received the best reviews of any studio film so far this summer ("The Lego Movie" remains tops for the year among wide releases) and moviegoers responded enthusiastically with a combined late Thursday and Friday $27.7 million total.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 12, 2014 1:13 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Holiday Box Office Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

This fourth of July weekend, the box office, led yet again by Michael Bay's latest "Transformers," suffered a serious collapse. The Top Ten grossed $113 million. That is $107 million less than last year (when the 4th fell on a Thursday). It's worse than that -- no June or July weekend has grossed this low since 2005, nor any grossed lower for the holiday weekend this century. Some anomalies contributed including the lingering effects of World Cup issues.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 4:09 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Life Itself' Leads New Releases While 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Show Life

Independence Day weekend doesn't tend to be a big specialized release date. In the last six years, only "The Way, Way Back" in 2013 stands out as a significant new release over the holiday. So it isn't surprising that the pickings were modest this year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 3:12 PM
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Holiday Box Office Fireworks Fizzle as Only 'Transformers' Shows Much Spark

Though it took a big second Friday drop, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" had no trouble dominating an anemic Fourth of July box office. How weak was the day? The three new openers combined only grossed about $1 million more than last year's holiday opener "The Lone Ranger" on the same Friday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 5, 2014 1:59 PM
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'Transformers 4' Delivers Year's First $100-Million Weekend, Jolie's 'Maleficent' Passes $200 Million Domestic, 'Fault' Woodley's Second $100-Million Grosser

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" overcame the worst reviews of Michael Bay's career to deliver the summer's first $100 million weekend. The rest of the world came in just over double that at $201 million. With the World Cup having finished its intense initial round and little competition from new films either stateside or abroad, Paramount picked the perfect weekend for the return of the mighty Hasbro franchise.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2014 1:53 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Transformers' Dominates as Expected, '22 Jump Street' Holds Well

The field was clear for "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (Paramount), Michael Bay's fourth and, to the tune of $210 million, most expensive robot vs. human epic. And the film delivered with an opening day figure of $41.6 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 28, 2014 1:17 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Think Like a Man Too' Takes Number One, 'Jersey Boys' Draws Seniors on Soft Summer Weekend

The studios have skewed their summer releases around the World Cup, which is taking a bite out of the box office. So this weekend's new releases are aimed at domestic audiences; two films are likely to do more than the usual amount of their business in the U.S. The result was a mixed bag. Leading the pack was Tim Story's "Think Like a Man Too," with breakout star Kevin Hart.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2014 12:13 PM
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Sony Sequels 'Think Like a Man Too' and '22 Jump Street' Dominate Mixed Friday Box Office

Compared to last year's numbers, Friday's domestic box office took the sharpest overall drop of 2014, with no new tentpoles opening because of the ongoing World Cup -- and in anticipation of next week's "Transformers" juggernaut. And since summertime release dates are always created with an eye on international markets, the two new films are aimed much more toward domestic audiences.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 21, 2014 1:24 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: So Far Comedy, Family Fare and Fox Dominate the Summer

Hollywood front-loaded the summer with big-budget actioners to get ahead of the month-long World Cup, which provides massive international competition. But this weekend two sequels, Sony comedy "22 Jump Street" and Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" scored well stateside. And both improved on their previous efforts' March openings, each delivering more than $50 million, which is rare for the same weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 15, 2014 1:21 PM
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