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    Friday Top Ten: 'Sinister' Starts Strong, 'Argo' and 'Seven Psychopaths' Build Buzz

    So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last Friday --which was bolstered by the hige operning of "Taken 2." By Sunday the order of the top films of the weekend should change. And the ultimate success of the most anticipated release -...

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    Arthouse Audit: Controversial 'Paperboy' Leads Weak New Debuts

    Although improved from last week's weak openings, the new ones again fell below the strong performance of September's debuts. The controversial "The Paperboy" had the best overall performance. New York openers "Wuthering Heights" and "The House I Live In" managed to stand out among the rest, backed ...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Paperboy' Tops Slew of Modest Indie Openers

    A number of high profile indies opened this weekend, including Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," Eugene Jarecki's Sundance winning doc "The House I Live In," Andrea Arnold's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights," and the much-buzzed horror anthology "V/H/S."...

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    Weekend B.O. Oct. 5-7 ('Taken' Does It Again and 'The Avengers' Calls It A Day)

    The first Taken movie was a genuine where-did-that-come-from? sleeper hit in 2009. The film, financed and produced by Luc Besson’s French based Europa Corp, had opened overseas months earlier and grossed a respectable $80 million by the time it was finally released in the U.S. in Jan...

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten Update: 'Taken' Sequel Doubles Original, 'Transylvania' Trounces 'Frankenweenie'

    Led by European sequel "Taken 2," the weekend's grosses shot up to $129 million for the top ten, up $26 million from last week and $59 million from a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it's no surprise when the domestic box office is pushed by non-Br...

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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Taken By 'Taken 2' To The Tune Of $50 Million

    Box office: you just got “Taken“! Despite reviews outlining diminishing returns, to say the least, audiences were pumped for a rendezvous with Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills, who powered the first “Taken” to a $227 million global gross. The opening for "Taken 2," is the third-largest October bow in histo...

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    Friday Top Ten Box Office: 'Taken' Sequel Takes All

    Led by European sequel "Taken 2," Friday's grosses shot up to $43 million for the top ten, up more than a third from last week and almost doubling a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it isn't surprising that domestic box office sometimes is pushed b...

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    Arthouse Audit: All Quiet on the New Opener Front

    Following two weeks with outstanding new limited openings of anticipated Toronto premieres, this week offered only one new opening -- Film Arcade's "The Other Dream Team" -- with any traction in the market. At least ten other films opening in significant specialized theaters didn't even report gross...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Perks' Soars In Expansion; 'The Master' Slows Down

    With only one specialty debut reporting estimates this weekend (basketball doc "The Other Dream Team," which did quite well), the weekend's big stories belonged to the holdovers. Summit successfully expanded last weekend's big debut "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to ov...

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Originals and Innovative Marketing Rule UPDATE

    For the first weekend in a while, there's been a real uptick in business. The top ten films grossed $105 million, compared to last week's $71 million and $84 million a year ago. Led by two Sony releases in the top positions, followed by indie holdover "End of Watch," the wide range of films prove th...

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