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'Captain America' Tops Box Office Top Ten for Third Week as Depp's 'Transcendence' Flops

This Easter weekend three religious-themed films made the Top 10, led by new opener "Heaven Is for Real" (Sony) which barely missed taking the #2 spot despite playing in more than 1,000 fewer screens than the box office leaders. This unheralded low-budget effort reinforces the most significant trend of 2014 so far: faith-based films nabbing substantial audiences.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 20, 2014 1:03 PM
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Weekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Smashes the Field

Marvel/Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" vacuumed up nearly 60% of the Top 10 gross of $157 million. Recent openers "Noah" (Paramount) and "Divergent" (Lionsgate) took powerful body blows and fell quickly from their modest starts. "Captain America"'s strong number distorts the overall box office performance, which is otherwise showing signs of weakness.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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New Cast Join Affleck, Cavill in Superman/Batman Flick

Director Zack Snyder has added Oscar-winning character actress Holly Hunter to the cast of the still untitled Superman/Batman movie that Warner Bros. has wisely pushed back to May 6, 2016. He has also cast muscled action players Callan Mulvey ("300: Rise of an Empire") and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine"). Departing from the established DC canon (something Marvel rarely does), all three actors will play characters newly created for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 30, 2014 1:54 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Thor' Bashes Box Office, 'Ender's Game' Collapses

Led by a strong performance by 3-D enhanced "Thor: The Dark World," overall grosses came in about equal to last year, keeping pace with the 2012 year-to-date total. (2013's top ten grossed $159 million against $161 million last year.) With $86,109,000 for the weekend, "Thor" came in just behind "Skyfall"'s stellar opening last year, but the heavy lifting came from the rest of the top 10.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 1:57 PM
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Comic-Con Wrap: Winners and Losers (Hiddleston video)

So who came out ahead? Here's my list of winners and losers of Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2013 6:11 AM
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'Iron Man 3''s Big Overseas Opening Fans High Stateside Expectations; Why AMC and Regal Wrangled with Disney (VIDEO)

Disney/Marvel's "Iron Man 3" opened in 11 territories Wednesday, with a reported $13.2 million gross. That's more than previous series entries and more than the first day for last year's Disney/Marvel smash "The Avengers" in France.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 25, 2013 9:24 PM
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EW Launches CapeTown for Comic-Con Culture Enthusiast, All Things Superhero, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

EW announces Capetown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and "Comic-Con culture," a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. The site launches today and in the first week will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr...
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2013 5:43 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Iron Man 3' - 'Heroes...There is No Such Thing'

Following the box office success of the superhero ego orgy, "The Avengers," we still have more sequels tracking the individual trajectories of each character. Enter the trailer for "Iron Man 3."
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2012 1:21 PM
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Marvel's Kevin Feige Talks to Bloomberg About 'Avengers' and Marvel Future (Video)

In case you weren't aware, Hollywood's man of the hour is Marvel President and "The Avengers" producer Kevin Feige, who speaks to Bloomberg about what is now the summer's first $1 billion blockbuster and what's next. "I have a good job, I can't complain."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 1:32 PM
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