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    'Elysium' Best of Four Solid New Films As Summer Winds Down

    It's the rare week that has four new wide studio openings, and rarer still when they take the top four slots. But last week's openers are falling fast, the summer's big hits are late in their runs, and the newbies are playing to discreet audiences. So at least three of the openers, led by "Elysium" ...

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    Specialty Box Office: A24's 'Now' Pretty Spectacular In First Weekend; Woody's 'Jasmine' Even More So In Second

    Newbie distributor A24 added another likely hit to its freshman year, with high school drama "The Spectacular Now" finding near-"Perks of Being a Wallflower" sized numbers in its limited debut weekend.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Spectacular Now' and 'Blue Jasmine' Break Out, Summer Specialty Hot Spot

    For the fourth week out of the last five, a new limited release showed major strength. Unusual for mid-to-late summer, A24's "The Spectacular Now" attained post-Labor Day-level opening grosses. Also showing rare summer strength are Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back," Weinstein Co.'s "Fruitvale St...

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    '2 Guns' Blasts Mild August Weekend; 'Smurfs 2' Lags Stateside; 'Conjuring' Most Profitable Movie Ever Made?

    Universal returned to the #1 spot with Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg actioner "2 Guns," the latest in the studio's diverse string of successful openings, after an expensive detour with the dreadful opening of "R.I.P.D." "2 Guns" led a top 10 that totaled about $120 million in gross, a jump of $8 m...

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    Box Office: ‘2 Guns’ Shoots Down ‘The Smurfs 2’ For Top Spot

    Where was everyone this weekend? Clearly not at the movies. In top spot, "2 Guns" (review here) made $27 million, marking Universal's sixth box office number one film for the summer, but the weakest #1 opening of the summer so far. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (who also directed the Mark Wahlberg-s...

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    Weekend B.O. Aug. 2-4 (The Calmer Month Arrives)

    August is usually the “calmer” month of the summer film season. By then, the humongous CGI bloated, tentpole movies have come and gone (sometimes sooner than expected), and more adult films slowly, but blessedly, begin to appear leading up to the fall film season.

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    '2 Guns' Leads Bland Friday Grosses; Sony's 'Smurfs 2' Opens in Third, Bigger Overseas

    It's August. Universal is heading for its third number one opener of the summer as the Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg crime actioner "2 Guns" grossed $10 million Friday. That's the lowest number for a top film for a Friday since the pre-summer April 26 first day of "Pain and Gain," but is typical o...

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    The 10 Biggest Limited Box Office Debuts of All Time: How Well Did They Do In The End?

    Aided by strong reviews and even stronger early Oscar buzz for Cate Blanchett's performance, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" soared this past weekend, taking in $612,767 from just 6 theaters. Distributor Sony Pictures Classics reported a $102,128 average as a result, which if estimates hold up makes it...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Blue Jasmine' Exceeds 'Midnight in Paris' Debut in Top Specialized Opening of 2013, Best Ever in Summer

    Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" continues the auteur's recent rebound to levels similar to his heyday in the 1970s and 80s. His fifth consecutive release from Sony Pictures Classics scored his career-best best opening result (beating "Midnight in Paris") with a six-theater, three-day total of over $600...

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    Box Office: 'The Wolverine' Slashes Into Top Spot, But Trails Opening Weekend Of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

    Not the most fruitful weekend, with one major wide release on the cards, and "The Wolverine" topped the box office charts with $55 million (this time last year "Dark Knight Rises" made $62.1 million in its second weekend). The James Mangold-directed effort was Fox's second swing at a standalone movi...

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