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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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Friday Box Office: '22 Jump Street' and 'Train Your Dragon 2' Both Headed for $50 Million-Plus Weekends

Studios played it safe this weekend opposite the start of the World Cup--which is more damaging to overall box office internationally--by debuting two sequels domestically. Both the well-reviewed "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" look headed to over $50 million for the weekend, a rare occurrence for more than one new film.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 14, 2014 2:37 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Obvious Child' Stands Out Among Tepid Openers

Although a decent line-up of current openers continues to provide a steady flow of specialized film customers as these films expand, the early summer newbies keep falling short -- and none compare to the top June players of recent years.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 6:04 PM
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Top Ten: 'Fault In Our Stars' Soars at Box Office as 'Edge of Tomorrow' Hopes for International Boost

The weekend after Angelina Jolie propelled "Maleficent" (Buena Vista), an expensive summer tentpole, to significant success, Shailene Wooley did the same with the low-budget romance-amid-illness "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox). Building on a core of interest from the young adult novel and then adding smart casting and imaginative, significantly social-media based marketing, "Fault" came in significantly ahead, at least in domestic totals, of Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow" (Warner Bros.), whose budget was about 15 times more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2014 1:05 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Fault In Our Stars' Continues Female-Driven Rebound, While Cruise's 'Edge of Tomorrow' Is Spotty

With the strong initial grosses for "The Fault in Our Stars" (20th Century Fox), another young adult novel has turned into a significant hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 7, 2014 1:19 PM
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Jolie's 'Maleficent' Leads Box Office Top Ten with Strong Femme Appeal, Diaz's 'Other Woman' at $81 Million

Angelina Jolie is a huge movie star. Disney knows how to reach a broad family audience led by women. And beloved fairy tales sell. These are some of the lessons learned --yet again--by "Maleficent"'s magnificent $70 million opening, which dwarfed Seth MacFarlane's western spoof "A Million Ways to Die in the West," aimed squarely at the fickle young male demo, with $17 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2014 1:47 PM
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'Maleficent' Bewitches Friday Box Office, Shows Power of Jolie (and Female Stars)

With "Maleficent," Angelina Jolie now joins Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Melissa McCarthy and Rooney Mara as an actress who has recently opened a movie to strong initial returns better, in many cases, than some male stars considered safe bets for franchise efforts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 31, 2014 1:59 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Jodorowsky's 'Dance of Reality' Shows Cult Potential, 'Immigrant' Impresses in More Theaters

The weekend was led by three films -- "The Dance of Reality" (ABKCO), "Words and Pictures" (Roadside Attractions) and "Cold in July" (IFC) -- from major festivals. While none had elevated expectations, each did well enough to suggest further expansion.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 26, 2014 5:09 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Tops the Holiday Weekend, Down from Last Year

Memorial Day weekend, though always solid, is not a surefire great date for any given film. For much of the country, it is the first real chance to break out the barbecues or engage in other outdoor activities, and anything less than a pre-sold film doesn't make a lot of sense to open.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 25, 2014 1:34 PM
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