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Box Office Check-In – Women Represent

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Jennifer Lawrence has to be one of the biggest stars in the world right now. $158 million for the opening of Catching Fire. You can say it’s the franchise if you want. At the end of the day, does it really matter? Isn’t that just another way of saying it doesn’t count? Ditto for Sandra Bullock and the $245 million for Gravity. It doesn’t count because it’s an effects movie…

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

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Only three Best Picture nominees have ever been number one for 3 consecutive weeks, and no black writer/director is among them. This film should hit $100 million without blinking.  Here is how dominance at the box office has helped a film get a Best Picture nod, at the very least. Three weeks at number one: Unforgiven (winner) Erin Brockovich The Help A Few Good Men Inception Fellowship of the Ring…

The Butler opens at Number One

The Butler opens at Number One

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All of the good word of mouth (sans some critics) has helped The Butler take the number one spot at the box office, very likely dragging people out who don’t go to the movies. There’s Oprah in the best performance she’s ever given (doesn’t get enough credit for being such a good actress), ditto Forest Whitaker, not to mention David Oyelowo. So, is it a film that is going to…

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Pacific Rim Lands at Number 3, Sequels Continue Reign

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Pacific Rim is a lot better than the box office results of the weekend would have you believe. Articles keep popping up about how fanboys had no impact and Twitter buzz meant nothing because at the end of the weekend, the vile Grownups 2 and Despicable Me 2 beat the wholly original, delightfully engaging Pacific Rim. Is it really much of a surprise, though? Audiences have been conditioned over the…

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Top Twenty at the Box Office for 2013

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How has the year been shaking down in terms of box office numbers?  For the big movies, at the mid-year point, it looks like this (from Box Office Mojo): 1 Iron Man 3 $405,929,319 4,253 2 Man of Steel $263,691,000 4,207 3 Oz The Great and Powerful $234,832,779 3,912 4 Fast & Furious 6 $233,980,000 3,771 5 Star Trek Into Darkness $221,206,000 3,907 6 Monsters University $203,684,000 4,004 7 The…

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Box Office – Hope Among the Ruins

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I was surprised to see how well Mud has been doing at the box office.  Amid the tent-pole productions, the smaller films aren’t doing badly. They’re doing good enough, I think, to keep hope alive.   Studios have cracked the code – give the people fewer choices and exactly what they want. Kind of like this.

$51M for Gatsby

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Talk about top-heavy box-office. The Great Gatsby has collected $51 million on its opening weekend, coming in 2nd after Iron Man 3 with $72M. On virtually the same number of screens (3500 vs 3300) Gatsby earned 10x more than the closest 3rd place opener Pain and Gain at $5M.

Box Office Check-in – Six Best Picture Nominees Over $100 million

Box Office Check-in – Six Best Picture Nominees Over $100 million

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Lincoln – $176 million – 12 Oscar nominations Django Unchained – $156 million – 5 Oscar nominations Les Miserables – $145 million – 8 Oscar nominations Argo – $126 million – 7 Oscar nominations Life of Pi – $109 million (but half a billion internationally) — 11 Oscar nominations Silver Linings Playbook – $98 million (will hit $100 soon enough) — 8 Oscar nominations Can anyone remember an Oscar year…

Box Office Check-in

Box Office Check-in

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As we head into the Directors Guild this Saturday and this race comes to a sputtering close, it’s time to take another look at how the contenders have stacked up so far – in terms of international box office, really the big story is Life of Pi, which has made $525 million worldwide. But for these purposes, domestic box office only. 1. Lincoln $167 million 2. Django Unchained $147 million…

Oscar and the Hundred Million Dollar Baby

Oscar and the Hundred Million Dollar Baby

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For the first time in, like, forever most of the Oscar frontrunners for Best Picture have either made $100 million or are barreling towards that as we speak. Box office for “adult fare” has been off the charts this year and IS THE STORY of 2012. Any reporter not talking about the money and Oscar this year is not doing his or her job; much of the complaints over the…