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Gravity would be second Highest Grossing Winner in Ten Years

Gravity would be second Highest Grossing Winner in Ten Years

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For those who believe Gravity will win Best Picture, might it then become the highest grossing Best Picture winner since Return of the King? Looks like it. Gravity — $258 mil, 12 Years a Slave — $41 mil, American Hustle — $118 mil 2012–Argo $136 mil 2011–The Artist $44 mil 2010–The King’s Speech $135 mil 2009–The Hurt Locker $17 mil 2008–Slumdog Millionaire $141 mil 2007–No Country for Old Men $74…

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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…

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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.

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…

Jessica Chastain Tops the Box Office with #1 and #2 slots

Jessica Chastain Tops the Box Office with #1 and #2 slots

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I am not sure I’ve ever seen that happen, and especially not during Oscar season, but the hard-working actress has now taken the number one (Mama) and number two (Zero Dark Thirty) spots for the box office this weekend. That’s fairly amazing, wouldn’t you say? In other box office news, at least so far, Silver Linings expanded its locations and took the third spot on Friday.

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…

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….

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…