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    Arthouse Audit: Docs 'Act of Killing' and 'Blackfish' Open Strong, 'Way Way Back' and 'Fruitvale Station' Soar

    Strong openings for documentaries "The Act of Killing" and "Blackfish," plus a rousing VOD day-and-date success for "Only God Forgives," yielded one of the better first weeks for multiple specialized films in some time. An exclusive run of "Computer Chess" also shows some early promise, while a much...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Act of Killing' Top Doc Debut of Year; Ryan Gosling and Kristen Wiig Soft With 'God' and 'Girl'

    A critically acclaimed but incredibly challenging documentary stole the thunder from A-list stars at the specialty box office this weekend, with Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" finding the best opening per-theater-average of any documentary in 2013 thus far.

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    Box Office: 'The Conjuring' Spooks Out Slow 'Turbo,' In-The-Red 'Red 2' & D.O.A. 'R.I.P.D.'

    It was a dismal weekend, with total ticket sales down 20% from last year. Not only that, but a horror movie, albeit a pretty good one, has taken the top spot. Did Hollywood underestimate the movie-going public? Do these numbers indicate that America is finally taking a stand against generic would-be...

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    Weekend Top Ten: 'The Conjuring' Triumphs While Box Office Slumps, R.I.P.D. Is D.O.A.

    Warner Bros.' low-budget "The Conjuring" easily topped the weekend, with Fox/DreamWorks' "Turbo" placing only number three as the best of the rest. Lionsgate's "Red 2" struggled to keep pace with its predecessor, while Universal's "R.I.P.D." is lining up to be one of the summer's biggest flops. Alto...

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    Weekend B.O. July 19-21 ('Conjuring' Scores, 'R.I.P.D.' Tanks, 'Fruitvale' Stays Strong)

    This weekend once again proves that, when you come right down to it, it’s character and story that matter, not how many CGI effects you can cram into a film.

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    'Conjuring' Tops Four New Films; 'Fruitvale Station' & 'Way Way Back' Expand Well

    An unusual four wide studio releases competed for eyeballs this weekend. Only "The Conjuring" (Warner Bros.) showed initial success. With a production budget only slightly higher than its first day gross of $17 million, it is the only one of the four certain to be profitable. Two others - "Turbo" (2...

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    Box Office: How Did 'Fruitvale Station''s Opening Hold Up Against Past Sundance Jury Prize Winners?

    Ryan Coogler's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" had a very strong first weekend of theatrical release, taking in $377,285 from just 7 theaters for a $53,898 per-theater-average. How does that compare to other recent winners of Sundance's top prize? Quite impressively, if you look...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Fruitvale Station' Makes Strong Opening Statement; 'Way Way Back' Builds Steam

    New opener "Fruitvale Station" and "The Way, Way Back" (in its second week) are the biggest specialty hits of the summer season so far, after several weeks of promising new openings that have failed to cross the $10 million mark as they expanded. The timely and unsettling "Fruitvale" boasts the best...

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    Box Office: 'Pacific Rim' Can't Outgun 'Despicable Me 2' & Adam Sandler’s 'Grown Ups 2'

    For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hubbub around the Internet about whether Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" could withstand Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2." Early tracking reports showed del Toro's monster movie trailing behind Sandler's comic reunion rehash. In response, critics have b...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Fruitvale Station' Huge In Limited Debut; 'Way, Way Back' Expands Strong

    Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" had a huge first weekend of limited release, taking in $377,285 from just 7 theaters for a $53,898 per-theater-average. The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film is based on the true story of a yo...

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