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    'Salinger' Catches Solid Opening Numbers

    This weekend is usually the calm before the storm as a range of upcoming significant films get attention at Toronto. Normally otherwise occupied distributors avoid this post-Labor Day date like the plague. Nonetheless a likely record 30 new specialized/indie releases found theaters in New York and L...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Salinger' Leads Crowded, Mainly Disappointing Weekend For Indies; Spanish Language 'Instructions' Continues To Soar

    While most of the US film industry was busy north of the border at the Toronto Film Festival, the first post-summer season weekend came and went at the specialty box office. It was a very crowded house of indie newcomers, with really only one film -- The Weinstein Company doc "Salinger" -- finding r...

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    'Riddick' Ends 'Butler''s Reign on Strong Post-Labor Day Weekend

    This post-Labor Day weekend, normally a graveyard for box office, with rare major new films opening among late-August holdovers, Vin Diesel's "Riddick" posted a much bigger-than-usual gross. The top 10 took in around $63 million, low for most of the year but high for this weekend. Last year's total ...

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    Box Office: 'Riddick' Opens At A Weak #1; 'Blue Jasmine' Crosses $25M Mark

    In typical early September fashion, critics are reeling from Venice and/or are in the throes of Toronto. If you think we're being over-dramatic, check out our main page and how many times you can spot "TIFF Review." With the cats out of the country, the mice aren't playing. The only newcomer in the ...

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    Weekend B.O. Sept.6-8 (‘The Butler’ Dethroned)

    Well it had to happen eventually.

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    Summer Box Office Recap: 'Blue Jasmine' Tops Generally Stellar Season For Specialty Films

    Labor Day has come and gone and the 2013 summer movie season is now officially a thing of the past. Dozens of stories have already noted how it was the biggest ever for the studios (with more than $4.75 billion in grosses) despite a handful of expensive bombs ("The Lone Ranger," "After Earth," "Whit...

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    Summer 2013 Box Office Wrap: Winners and Losers, Lessons Learned

    Soon after the summer season started off strong four months ago with the launch of giant Marvel sequel "Iron Man 3," the story shifted from scoring a $5 billion at the box office to Steven Spielberg's forecast of apocalypse, as too many big-budget behemoths were tanking.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Afternoon Delight' Opens Well

    Jill Soloway won the Sundance Directing Award for U.S. Narrative Features in January for her debut film following a successful career in high quality TV and cable ("Six Feet Under," "United States of Tara," "Grey's Anatomy") for this comedy about an L.A. mom who hired a female stripper to be her na...

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    Box Office: 'One Direction' Number One; Audience Got Away From 'Get Away' & Latched To 'Instructions Not Included'

    If last weekend was a whimper, this one is a sigh and a groan, and then a brief shimmering light of hope. Considering the normal lackluster of Labor Day box office, we didn't have high expectations. When we read that the top contender was a One Direction documentary (helmed by Morgan Spurlock) we gr...

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    Sony Concert Doc 'One Direction' Boosts Labor Day Weekend Box Office, 'Closed Circuit' Flops

    Forget the September doldrums. Sony's Brit boy band 3-D concert film "One Direction" was a solid number one. And major support came from four strong holdovers: "The Butler," "We're the Millers," "Planes" and "Elysium." All told, the three days will come in with about $84 million for the top 10, up $...

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