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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Sequels to 'Despicable Me' and 'Grown Ups' Push Original 'Pacific Rim' to Soft Third

    Three reliables led a strong summer weekend box office: sequels, animation and ensemble comedies. "Despicable Me 2" came out on top in a close race, with Adam Sandler and company marking a strong second with "Grown Ups 2" (Sony). Warner Bros.' costly original "Pacific Rim" exceeded its estimates wit...

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    Weekend B.O. July 12-14 (Rim Kinda Meh, While Fruitvale Soars)

    Of course the news yesterday from a certain courtroom in Florida makes this weekend’s box office news not the first thing on most people’s minds at the moment. But it must be done.

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    Why 'Grown Ups 2' Scoring Best Sony Opening Day Since 'Skyfall' Is No Surprise; 'Fruitvale Station' Opens Strong

    Dennis Dugan's name doesn't often come to mind when thinking of top American directors. But the one-time actor (whose lead role in ABC's short-lived 1970s "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" was his acting high point) has over the last two decades made 17 films that in total have amassed a domestic gro...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Way, Way Back' Scores Strong Debut; 'Midnight' Tops 'Sunrise' and 'Sunset'

    Fox Searchlight's big Sundance buy is so far looking like a smart move: "The Way, Way Back" -- which the distributor bought for $10 million at this year's festival - debuted in 19 theaters this weekend to very strong $525,000 gross. That made for a $30,263 average and suggested promising things for...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'The Way, Way Back' Starts Strong, 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' Expands Well

    Fourth of July holiday weekends aren't great for opening specialized films. But this year Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back" saw the best numbers for a new release in recent memory. And business spread among several new breakouts. Leading the way was RADiUS/TWC's crowd-pleasing documentary "20 Fe...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Overperforms, Leaves 'The Lone Ranger' in the Dust

    Universal's much-bigger-than-expected "Despicable Me 2" led the holiday weekend, outgrossing Disney's disappointing "The Lone Ranger" by two thirds. (It has amassed a remarkable $142 million in five days, while "The Lone Ranger" scored $48 million total.) Despite "The Lone Ranger," which marks the t...

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    Box Office: Families Love 'Despicable Me 2'; 'The Lone Ranger' Bites The Dust, Kemosabe

    This was a 4th of July weekend for the record books, and we're not talking about fireworks. With an estimated $220 million worth of tickets sold (a 12% increase from last year's 4th of July), moviegoers set a new three-day weekend record for the holiday. As for the films themselves, this weekend mar...

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    Weekend B.O. July 6-8 (Huge Debut For 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' + Why 'Lone Ranger' Bombed)

    Of course, the big news this weekend has been the smashing success of Despicable Me 2, and the huge box office failure of The Lone Ranger, which we’ll get to in a minute.

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    Holiday Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Leads Strong Two-Day Total; 'Lone Ranger' Trails Distant Second

    The Fourth of July holiday box office was dominated by Universal's "Despicable 2," which did just under half of the total business for the top 10 films for Wednesday (its opening day) and Thursday. Box office boomed for one of the best summer boosts above last year so far. The two-day take was aroun...

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    Indiewire's Mid-Year Box Office Report: 'Mud' and 'Pines' Lead A Strong Year So Far

    Last summer, when Indiewire reported on the indie box office for the first half of 2012, we saw a hopeful turn in comparison to the year prior. A year later, it seems reasonable to suggest that trend has held and that all is generally healthy at the specialty box office so far in 2013.

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