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    Box Office Top Ten: Pre-Holiday Weekend Brings Two Joyful Sequels

    The Top Ten surged this pre-holiday weekend, led by two films topping $25 million during a time period that is usually hurt by pre-Christmas shopping. "The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug" led the way, vaulting easily ahead of #1 Friday grosser "Anchorman 2." But both are very solid.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Past' and 'Her' Debut In Crowded Year-End Marketplace

    Spike Jonze's "Her" and Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" both joined a very crowded marketplace this weekend to respectable results.

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    Weekend B.O. Dec. 20-22 (The Big News Is 'Dhoom 3')

    The buzz on the street is not about "The Hobbit" or "Anchorman 2" or "American Hustle," but "Dhoom 3"

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    Friday Box Office: 'Anchorman 2' Dethrones 'Hobbit' While 'Her' Is Top New Limited Opening

    New opener "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (Paramount) narrowly edged out the second Friday of "The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug" (Warner Bros.) for the top spot yesterday, while "American Hustle" is staying strong and "Her" took the spot for Friday's highest grossing limited release.

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    Why '12 Years a Slave' Is Returning to Theaters

    Fox Searchlight is not out of the woods with "12 Years a Slave." The movie has been praised by critics and pulled a remarkable number of moviegoers in its run so far. What's too worry? Why the film will be re-released in select cities on January 17.

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    Why 'August: Osage County' Is Moving Off Its Christmas Opening

    The Weinstein Co. confidently debuted John Wells and Tracy Lett's entertaining no-holds-barred R-rated film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony-winning stage hit "August: Osage County" at the Toronto Film Festival. Since then TWC has been working their SAG and Golden Globes magic, but the movie hasn...

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    Top 10 Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'All is Bright' and 'The Hunt' Top the List

    Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store (combining rentals and purchases). New additions "All Is Bright," a Christmas movie on sale to rent for 99 cents, and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" topped the list this week.

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    'American Hustle' Scores Year's Best NY/LA Launch, Softer 'Saving Mr. Banks' Hits More Cities

    "American Hustle" (Sony) had a year's-best limited opening, while "Saving Mr. Banks" (Buena Vista) had a decent take in a slightly wider start, both in advance of 2,000-plus breaks next Friday. Nothing else of note opened this weekend, a sign of the times as the studios increasingly, particularly du...

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    'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Smokes Out 'Madea Family Christmas' & 'Frozen' But Underperforms Within The Franchise

    Braving the snow, sleet and other miscellaneous travails relating to cold weather, audiences came out in droves for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." The second of the three 'The Hobbit' installments (or 'The Lord of the Rings' prequels, cue wincing from Tolkien fans) took the top spot and made...

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