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Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action star is: see how he deftly eliminates mere movie actors who star in action movies and sideswipes westerns, although Clint Eastwood has his day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 1:19 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' and 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Top New Openers; 'Bad Words' Seeks Wider Audience

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" expanded wider and nabbed the bulk of attention from specialized and crossover crowds, landing at seven in the box office top ten. The new films openers were led by the first half of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomania" and a documentary about another visionary director, "Jodorowsky's Dune."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 23, 2014 4:32 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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Arthouse Audit: 'Bad Words,' 'Enemy' and 'Le Week-End' Best of Modest Openers

As the post-Oscar surge abates, a wide range of new releases opened this week. They fell far short of the total of last week's massive opener "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) which expanded this weekend to reach #8 in only 66 theaters. Also in the Top 10 is "Veronica Mars" (Warner Bros.) in 291 theaters, also available for simultaneous home viewing as is increasingly common among specialized releases.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2014 4:28 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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Friday Box Office: Holdovers Battle 'Need for Speed' for Top Spot, 'Grand Budapest' & 'Veronica Mars' Reach Top 10

A three-way race for the weekend #1 started off with the DreamWorks video game adaptation "Need for Speed" (distributed by Buena Vista) on top with $6.64 million. But either #2, "300: Rise of an Empire" (Warner Bros.) with $5.8 million, or more likely "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (20th Century-Fox), at $5.45 million could overtake "Speed" by the time final results are in on Monday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 15, 2014 2:01 PM
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'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Records; 'Particle Fever' Shows Initial Appeal

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" breaks records in limited opening in four theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 4:28 PM
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Top Ten: Pricey '300' Sequel and 'Mr. Peabody' Pass $30 Million; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Opens Huge

So far the 2014 box office keeps surging on, at least compared to 2013--beating last year's numbers for 15 weeks in a row.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 9, 2014 1:10 PM
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'300' Sequel & 'Mr. Peabody' Open Strong, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Breaks Record in Two City Release

As expected, two $100-million-plus tentpoles, "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," opened Friday at #1 and 2 with $17.7 million and $8.0 million respectively.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 8, 2014 8:07 PM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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