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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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Arthouse Audit: 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal' Tops Specialty Box Office; Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Takes Second

An eclectic group of new releases failed to provide any films with more than niche potential in upcoming weeks. The standout is "Korengal" (Saboteur), a sequel of sorts to the Oscar-nominated documentary feature "Restrepo," which had a New York opening in the range of its predecessor. "Night Moves" (Cinedigm), the latest film from indie auteur Kelly Reichardt, had a decent if not spectacular two-theater bicoastal start.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 1, 2014 4:55 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'The Immigrant' and 'Chinese Puzzle' Lead Specialty Box Office

As Cannes is well under way, The Weinstein Co. finally opened a movie that debuted during the festival a year ago, James Gray's "The Immigrant," which came to the festival freighted with big expectations. In the interim its status as one of their prime films faded, and it only now is seeing the light of day stateside.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 18, 2014 5:13 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Two Comedies Score as 'Chef' Beats Out 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Palo Alto' Shows Promise

Jon Favreau's "Chef" (Open Road) and Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" (Tribeca) both scored more than $20,000 per screen in limited openings this weekend. Radius/Weinstein veered from its usual pattern with a wider initial release of the food documentary "Fed Up," eschewing VOD for now.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 4:28 PM
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Jon Favreau's 'Chef,' Hitting Theaters This Weekend, Is Scruffy Indie Crowdpleaser

Jon Favreau took a break from tentpole movies to direct a scruffy family comedy that wears its insecurities on its sleeve. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," he told me at the rooftop after-party at this past SXSW.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2014 12:43 PM
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'Chef' First Look: Favreau's Indie Road Movie is Food Porn (NEW POSTER, TRAILER)

Writer-director Jon Favreau took his scruffy indie crowdpleaser to SXSW and now the family movie about food is heading for theaters. Open Road will open the film starring Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr. on May 9. "I shoot food like Michael Bay shoots babes in bikinis," says Favreau. See new trailer and full poster below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2014 2:53 PM
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Back to 'Swingers': Favreau's Indie Pic 'Chef' Goes to Open Road

Jon Favreau has swung from hefty to skinny and back again, from indie to studio, original to sequel. Now yet another Marvel director is taking a studio vacation via indie production. The "Iron Man" director has returned to his "Swinger" roots, Joss Whedon-style, with "Chef," which he wrote, directed and stars in. Open Roads has picked up U/S rights to the film which starts shooting this July in Los Angeles for release on May 9, 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 6:35 PM
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