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Les Mis Sets Box Office Record, Zero Dark Thirty HUGE, Lincoln hits $120 mil

Les Mis Sets Box Office Record, Zero Dark Thirty HUGE, Lincoln hits $120 mil

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Wowzer for all three of these box office stories. The first, Les Miserables hits $18 mil for its opening. That makes it the second highest opener on Christmas, behind Sherlock Holmes and the highest grossing opener for a musical ever. Django Unchained, in more theaters, came out with less of a take, at $15 million.  But Les Mis really had the Must-See thing in its favor, especially over the Christmas holiday….

10 highest-grossing Christmas movies ever

10 highest-grossing Christmas movies ever

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Since Christmas falls on Tuesday this year, the usual sources of box-office savvy have been more cautious with forthcoming weekend predictions and it’s not easy to find estimates for the weeklong haul. Nikki Finke is down sick (get well soon!) so we don’t have the benefit of the inside track she taps for ticket-sales estimates. Although a holiday release holds hugely important financial potential, historically actual Christmas Day earnings don’t…

Box Office Check-In, Lincoln Takes the Lead of the Oscar Contenders

Box Office Check-In, Lincoln Takes the Lead of the Oscar Contenders

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This past weekend Lincoln increased its theater count and as a result passed Argo to become 2012′s highest grossing of the Oscar contenders so far. Still to come, Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained. The Hobbit broke box office records in its opening, and The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers remain the year’s highest grossing films overall. The big question with Django Unchained is whether the recent…

Argo Passes $100 Million, Lincoln Makes $85 million in 4 Weeks

Argo Passes $100 Million, Lincoln Makes $85 million in 4 Weeks

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The Oscar best picture race has lit up the box office this season, something that hardly ever happens. The reason is that the domestic films this year out of the major studios have all been good.  Four movies upcoming with all probably be, at the very least, $100 million babies: Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, The Hobbit. This weekend’s box office put Ben Affleck’s Argo over the $100…

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Weekend Box Office – Word of Mouth Drives Argo to #1, Cloud Atlas Hanging In

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Argo isn’t just a Best Picture frontrunner amid the Oscar pundit circles; it is that rare word of mouth film that people “out there in the world” are talking about. Why, because it delivers in so many different ways. It doesn’t hurt that we are in the midst of an election season that has shades of Argo threaded throughout. You might think that would keep people away but the opposite…

The Hunger Games pulls in $155M; $214M worldwide.

The Hunger Games pulls in $155M; $214M worldwide.

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The Hunger Games opening weekend tally adds up to $155M domestic + $58.7M international for a total of $213.7M worldwide. Third biggest opening of all time. Deadline digs into the marketing strategy: What made Lionsgate’s promotional campaign for The Hunger Games so unusual and probably effective was that the studio stuck to the rare strategy of not showing any footage of the games themselves in any marketing materials. So all…

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A Quick Look at Box Office

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As we head into the Producers Guild tomorrow, it’s a good time to look at how our contenders, or those we think will be contenders, or might be contenders, or who could be contenders are faring in this Oscar season. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will become the highest grossing Best Picture contender behind The Help (and Bridesmaids if you want to count it). It just hit the $90…

Top-ranked films of 2011: box-office & critics chart

Top-ranked films of 2011: box-office & critics chart

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Ziyad Abul Hawa has done another spectacular job crunching the numbers to rank the year’s top movies up through the final weeks of summer.

The Help reigns #1 at box-office for 3rd week

The Help reigns #1 at box-office for 3rd week

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DreamWorks/Disney holds tight to the #1 spot at the box-office as The Help cleans up for the 3rd week in a row. An estimated $18 million for the 4-Day Holiday Weekend and a total of $122 mil in one month. There’s a pre-order page already up on Amazon for the anticipated pre-Christmas release of DVD and Blu ray in editions of 3 flavors — $21, $28 and $31.

Deathly Hallows 2 sets midnight record of $43.5M

Deathly Hallows 2 sets midnight record of $43.5M

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Shame the Harry Potter series is ending just when it’s beginning to catch on. Deadline is reporting an astonishing haul of $43.5 million from midnight screenings, a healthy head-start on what’s shaping up to be a $180 million weekend in the US alone. Domestically, $45 million has been collected already in pre-sales for this opening North America weekend, including $27M for tonight’s 3,000+ midnight screenings which could reach $40M alone….