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    'Unfinished Song' Leads Weak New Openers As 'Bling Ring,' 'Much Ado' and 'Before Midnight' Fight for Wider Attention

    After several weeks of mainly $20,000 range or better per screen averages for several opening week films in limited release, the new ones this week fell short of that. The best was Weinstein's "Unfinished Song," more of a crowd-pleaser than critics film, while two acclaimed foreign films -- "The Att...

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    'Monsters University' Beats 'World War Z' with Second-Best Pixar Opening Ever, 'Man of Steel' Shows Signs of Rust

    Despite the strength of new entries "Monsters University" and "World War Z," last week's even bigger opener "Man of Steel" fell more than expected by 65% to end up in third place. With three strong 3-D performers leading the way, and two sleeper holdovers continuing to gross well, this weekend's Top...

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    Box Office: 'Monsters' & 'World War Z' Zombies Beat Back 'Man Of Steel'; 'Monsters U' Registers 2nd Highest Pixar Opening

    "Monsters University" aced its opening weekend with an estimated $82 million domestically ($136.5 million worldwide), making the film Pixar's second largest debut (after "Toy Story 3," which made $110.3 million its opening weekend). This will also be Pixar's 14th film to open in first place and mark...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Unfinished Song' Leads Debuts As 'Mud' and 'Frances Ha' Cross Milestones

    The Weinstein Company's release of British import "Unfinished Song" led a generally underwhelming batch of indie debuts this weekend, while holdovers like "Mud" and "Frances Ha" crossed major milestones.

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    'Monsters University' and 'World War Z' Top Strong Friday; 'Man of Steel' Plummets 71%

    The strong summer 2013 rebound after a weak first four months continues, but there are signs that films are starting cannibalize each other, which could get worse in coming weeks. Two new films -- Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" at $30.5 million and Paramount's hugely expensive "World War Z" at...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Bling Ring' Continues Strong Specialized Openings; 'Before Midnight' Disappoints in Expansion

    Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" is the latest in a series of solid performers among limited specialized openings, joining "Frances Ha," "Before Midnight" and "Much Ado About Nothing" as above-average grossers. None of these have reached the initial levels that both "Spring Breakers" and "The Place ...

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    'Man of Steel' Hits Its Marks; 'This Is the End' Is Counterprogramming Hit

    Last week Steven Spielberg predicted that the movie business could soon implode-- speaking to film students at USC with George Lucas--should a handful of huge-budgeted films flop at the same time. So far, among this summer's tentpoles, only Sony's "After Earth" faces a significant loss. The second-b...

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    Box Office: 'Man Of Steel' Flies Above The Rest With $113 Million; 'This Is The End' Made Ends Meet With $32.8 Million

    It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a massive hit for Warner Bros. this Father's Day weekend. The Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot "Man of Steel" is set to rake in a bit over $113 million ($125 million if you include the Walmart screenings on Thursday night), making it the largest June opening o...

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    Specialty Box Office: Sofia Coppola's 'Ring' Scores Serious Bling In Solid Limited Debut

    This summer continues its parade of exceptional indie debuts, with Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" following in the footsteps of "Frances Ha," "Before Midnight" and "Much Ado About Nothing" to score an excellent limited debut, grossing $210,001 from just 5 locations for a $42,000 per-theater-averag...

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