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    Box Office Top Ten: 'Prisoners' Outpaces 'Argo,' 'Enough Said' Beats 'Rush' in Limited Release

    The fall studio rush to release adult-oriented fare has begun, to continue through Christmas. Fall festival hits "Prisoners" went wide and "Enough Said" and "Rush" platformed before their expansions next week. Warner Bros.' "Prisoners" performed in the range of past serious fare released on the same...

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    Weekend B.O. Sept 20-22 (Nobody Loves Chris)

    The excellent and intense psychological thriller Prisoners won the top slot in this weekend’s box office race, with over $21 million.

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    Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

    Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The Biggest Female-led Box Office Hits of the 21st Century

    Box office is big business. “Avatar” grossed $2.78 billion in theatrical release alone - which, in the spirit of pointless statistics, is equal to the Gross National Product of the nation of Guyana. So far this century, 14 feature films have grossed more than $1 billion in worldwide theatrical relea...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Mother of George' and 'Wadjda' Top Openings as Nigerian and Saudi Arabian Directors Score

    International films are scoring at the specialty box office. The two best new films have roots in countries not normally seen at arthouses: "Mother of George" (from Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu) and "Wadjda" (a milestone Saudi Arabian film from a female director) both show initial appeal. A...

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    Box Office: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Out-Spooks 'The Family' With 2nd Best September Opening Ever

    Friday the 13th weekend... Black cats, broken mirrors, a horror sequel trumps a Robert De Niro-Luc Besson-Martin Scorsese mob comedy...

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    Weekend B.O. Sept. 13-15 (Where Did That Come From?)

    It happens at least two or three times a year.

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    'Insidious - Chapter 2" Continues Blum & Wan's Golden Touch; "The Family" Less So for Luc Besson

    "Insidious 2" continues producer Jason Blum's amazing record of big openings with low-budget horror films, with an inflation-unadjusted second-best-ever September opening at $41 million.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Mother of George,' 'Blue Caprice' Post Good Debut Numbers; 'Instructions' and 'Jasmine' Fight For 2013's Top Indie Status

    As the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped things up north of the border, a handful of specialty films had respectable debuts at the box office. Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" was chief among them, finding the best per-theater-average of any film in release. The Oscilloscope-distributed...

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    'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

    This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and L...

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