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    Arthouse Audit: 'The Sessions' Opens Strong, 'Holy Motors' OK, 'Smashed' and 'Paperboy' Sag, 'Sugar Man' Heads for $2 Million

    "The Sessions" led the way among new films this week, performing as expected for this unusual drama, looking even better without a lot of other Oscar contenders opening in recent weeks. Three other review-driven films -- two documentaries and a controversial French film -- with much lower profiles ...

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    Top Ten Weekend Box Office Led by 'Paranormal Activity 4' and Holdover 'Argo'

    Strong holdovers like "Argo," more than the new "Paranormal Activity" installment, boosted this weekend's box office over last year. Many had only small fall offs from last week. Business was also helped by a diverse slate of films appealing to a wide range of audiences. -- important for raising tic...

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    Weekend B.O. Oct. 19-21 ('Cross' Doesn't Cut It, While 'Nowhere' And 'Argo' Stay Strong)

    Before we get to this weekend box office numbers, can I get something off my chest that’s been bothering me?

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    Specialty Box Office: Searchlight's 'Sessions' Starts Very Strong (UPDATED)

    Ben Lewin's Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner "The Sessions" went over very well its first weekend, topping all newcomers in a frame that also saw "Holy Motors," "Brooklyn Castle" and "The Flat" open to solid numbers.

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    Box Office: 'Paranormal Activity 4' Scares Up The Top Spot This Weekend

    Prepare for the paradigm shift. No one at Paramount is shedding tears that “Paranormal Activity 4” is set to open lower than the second and third films in the series. One very obvious reason for this is the series itself, which allows for very low production costs. The latest film in the horror fran...

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    Top Ten Saturday Preview: 'Paranormal Activity' Leads Field; 'Argo' Holds Strong

    Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth ...

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    'Samsara' Documentary is Oscilloscope's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

    Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson's strikingly visual and genre-bending documentary "Samsara" has become Oscilloscope studio's biggest hit since its founding in February 2008. The film has grossed over $1.8 million as of October 14, 2012.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Middle of Nowhere' Proves Buyers Wrong with Innovative Releasing Model

    The high quality of some recent wide-release films is taking its toll on specialty films. With "Argo" nabbing raves, "Looper," "Seven Psychopaths" and "The Perks of Being a Wildflower" also in the top ten and "The Master" and "Arbitrage" still drawing audiences, it's tough to compete with smaller fi...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Middle' Tops Debuts; 'Paperboy' Plummets In Second Weekend

    Perhaps helped by a big endorsement from Oprah Winfrey,  Ava DuVernay's Sundance Film Festival-award winning "Middle of Nowhere" topped all indie newcomers this weekend, grossing $78,030 for a $13,005 per-theater-average. That average bested the likes of "Smashed," "...

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    Box Office: 'Taken 2' Takes Top Spot For 2nd Weekend

    Despite a recent lull in box-office activity, the last two weeks feel distinctly like summer sessions, with “Taken 2” pulling in blockbuster numbers at the top spot. Though critical reception was harsh, the picture seems as if it will lose only slightly more than half its audience in its...

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