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Weekend Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Overperforms, Leaves 'The Lone Ranger' in the Dust

Universal's much-bigger-than-expected "Despicable Me 2" led the holiday weekend, outgrossing Disney's disappointing "The Lone Ranger" by two thirds. (It has amassed a remarkable $142 million in five days, while "The Lone Ranger" scored $48 million total.) Despite "The Lone Ranger," which marks the third big-budget studio disappointment of the summer, the three-day post-Independence Day holiday weekend far outscored last year's box office top ten by 12 %.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 7, 2013 1:57 PM
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'Monsters University' and 'The Heat' Battle for Top Spot at Lagging Summer Box Office

The release calendar is crowded, and Friday's numbers show that the intense competition for the top films is not expanding the marketplace. The end result is not the box office bonanza many have been predicting. In fact, the total numbers for the top 10 yesterday fell just under 20% from the same Friday last year. This means that a blockbuster summer is less likely than ever to salvage a weak year. And this is at a time when multiple releases are burdened with unforgiving production budgets exceeding $150 million--and more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2013 2:28 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Talks Co-Starring with Sandra Bullock in 'The Heat,' That Notorious Rex Reed Review and More

Talented funnywoman Melissa McCarthy has been on a roll for the past couple of years. She won an Emmy for CBS comedy "Mike and Molly" in 2011, stole the show and received an Oscar nomination for box office hit "Bridesmaids" in 2012, and then proved her headliner appeal alongside Jason Bateman in poorly reviewed if box-office boffo "Identity Thief" in early 2013. McCarthy recently sat down with Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times and talked her upcoming comedy "The Heat," in which she stars with Sandra Bullock as an odd couple of law enforcers; the key to her comedy; and that notorious Rex Reed review of "Identity Thief." Interview highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 4:33 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Hosts an Uproarious SNL, Plus Peter Dinklage! (VIDEO)

Melissa McCarthy displayed her range during her hosting gig at Saturday Night Live (clips below). She began her second turn hosting the show with a welcome and rare dose of old-school physical humor in her klutzy monologue.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 7, 2013 9:42 PM
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