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box office: week of September 23

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    Box Office Top Ten: 'Unbroken,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Hobbit' Lead Bountiful Christmas

    'American Sniper' leads limited openers, followed by 'Selma' and 'The Interview,' as 'Imitation Game' Overtakes 'King's Speech'

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    Top Ten Takeaways: 'Hobbit' Finale Leads a Limp Christmas Roster

    2014 has seen a worrisome drop in domestic box office, and a big factor has been the lack of originality in studio tentpole and prime date releases. So at the launch of the Christmas avalanche of new releases this week, all three are their franchises' third spin around the track: a third "Hobbit," a...

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    'Mr. Turner' Draws Older Pre-Christmas Crowd; Wider Releases Thrive

    Slow and steady wins the race. Five fall specialty films grossing over $500,00 this weekend, which is usually a low grosser before the rush of older viewers starts Christmas Day. Among new openers, Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" had the best showing along with a standout one-theater start from the animat...

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    How This Year's Pack of Holiday Openers Impacts the Oscar Race

    It isn't unusual for a handful of films with Oscar hopes to open last-minute around Christmas, sometimes in just a few theaters. But this year more significant awards contenders than usual are heading for the big screen. How they fare could impact their awards momentum.

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    Friday Box Office: 'Hobbit' Finale Bests First Day of 'Night at the Museum' and 'Annie'

    'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' (Warner Bros.) added $16,575,000 to its initial midweek opening gross of $35 million to easily top a trio of new holiday openings.

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    Seven Reasons Why Theaters Felt Compelled to Pull 'The Interview'

    As the major news outlets reported the North Korea-sanctioned Sony Hack--or Hack Attack--at the top of the news cycle Wednesday, complete with a quote from President Obama urging Americans to "go to the movies," theater owners were reeling as Sony pulled the film from Christmas theaters altogether ...

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    Sony Pulls Plug on 'The Interview' with "No Further Release Plans" as U.S. Links North Korea to Hacks

    After the major theater chains backed out of showing controversial Seth Rogen comedy 'The Interview' after terrorist threats, Sony has pulled the film from its planned December 25 release date.

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    The 30 Highest Grossing Indies of 2014 (A Running List)

    Here's a chart of 2014's thirty highest grossing films (so far) tracked by Indiewire's box office charts.

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    Top Ten Takeaways: 'Exodus' Targets Bible Thumpers as Oscar Holdovers Face Holiday Stakes

    Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" came in close to projections, although the domestic numbers are less than stellar given its high budget and talent pedigree.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Top Five' and 'Inherent Vice' Open Strong

    While this weekend is normally considered a weak period for adult audiences, several late-year awards contenders showed real strength.

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    'Exodus' Fails to Lead Way to Box Office Promised Land; 'Inherent Vice' Starts Strong

    Though this time of the year provides multiple excuses not to see movies, the reality is that Fox didn't choose a suicidal date, but rather one that has previously launched major hits.

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    Universal Bucks Blockbuster Trend--and Wins

    Sometimes it pays NOT to have franchises. See the box office numbers for last year.

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