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Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles run. In the eventuality that five films don't nab high enough ratings of 7.5 (out of 6--poor--to 10--excellent), though, there could be fewer entries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2013 2:27 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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'Monsters University' Beats 'World War Z' with Second-Best Pixar Opening Ever, 'Man of Steel' Shows Signs of Rust

Despite the strength of new entries "Monsters University" and "World War Z," last week's even bigger opener "Man of Steel" fell more than expected by 65% to end up in third place. With three strong 3-D performers leading the way, and two sleeper holdovers continuing to gross well, this weekend's Top Ten grossed a solid $226 million, the third best openers for the year (after "Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6"). For all of this weekend's strength, and with the boost of so many premium 3-D tickets, it's surprising that the overall total didn't reach #1 for the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 23, 2013 1:14 PM
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'Monsters University' and 'World War Z' Top Strong Friday; 'Man of Steel' Plummets 71%

The strong summer 2013 rebound after a weak first four months continues, but there are signs that films are starting cannibalize each other, which could get worse in coming weeks. Two new films -- Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" at $30.5 million and Paramount's hugely expensive "World War Z" at $25 million -- will each easily pass $50 million for the weekend. However, Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" fell a steep 71% from last Friday, still grossing a strong $12.7 million, but showing signs of vulnerability to new competition. It may not be quite the monster hit its huge opening portended.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2013 2:20 PM
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