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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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    Weekend B.O. June 14-16 (Is Hollywood Headed For Destruction?)

    Or will it continue to be business as usual?

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    'Man of Steel' Opens to Second Best Gross of 2013; 'Bling Ring' Debut Glitters

    "Man of Steel," Warner Bros.' reboot of the "Superman" franchise, grossed a super $44 million on Friday (including midnight shows, but not Thursday evening Walmart-promotion screenings, which took in an addition $12 million). This is just under two-thirds of the opening day of "Iron Man 3," which wa...

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    Oscar Watch: Disney Gives 'Saving Mr. Banks' a Limited December Run Ahead of Wide Holiday Release

    Early buzz is good on Disney's indie pick-up "Saving Mr. Banks," and the studio appears confident that critical reaction and word-of-mouth will be upbeat, as they are moving the anticipated year-end entry up to December 13 in limited release, ahead of its wide break set for December 20.

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    Summer Line-Up Lacks Women: Thank God for Paul Feig's 'The Heat' and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (Trailers)

    We all know Hollywood ignores the female audience, because half of the moviegoing public supposedly can't be counted on to show up in vast numbers on opening weekends. But the male bias also exists on the media side: check out EW's May 17 forecast of the top ten box office movies of the summer.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Much Ado' Opens Well, 'Before Midnight' Expands Well

    Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" continued the May/June rollout of well-hyped specialized releases, and more significantly, joined "Frances Ha" and "Beyond Midnight" -- both now expanding similar to solid results -- as higher-end grossers, particularly for this time of ye...

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