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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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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'The Purge' Beats Big-Budget Rivals

    Ethan Hawke is smiling. "The Purge" kicked its rivals to the curb with a surprise $36 million opening. After two weekends that pulled ahead of last year's numbers (a rare occurrence in 2013), grosses slipped back to their customary falloff. The top 10 totaled around $145 million, down $25 million fr...

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    Box Office: ‘The Purge’ Surges With $36 Million; ‘The Internship’ Doesn’t Get Hired

    The dystopian horror-thriller “The Purge” is destined to gross roughly $36.4 million domestically for its opening weekend ($16.7 million dollars from the opening night alone) and has become the surprise hit of the summer, with The Hollywood Reporter dubbing it the “Box Office Shocker.” Not only is “...

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    Weekend B.O. June 7-9 (Where Did That Come From?)

    "That," being the Ethan Hawke film The Purge. The low budget /horror/suspense thriller, that no one was paying attention to, shot to the top of this weekend's Box office list, with an amazing $36.4 million.

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    Specialty Box Office: Much Ado About 'Nothing' Indeed As Joss Whedon's Shakespeare Take Opens Big

    Sure, they aren't "The Avengers"-size numbers, but Joss Whedon had a fantastic debut for his micro-budgeted take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The film -- distributed by Roadside Attractions (already having a great summer thanks to "Mud" and "Stories We Tell," which both had great weeke...

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    'The Purge' Opens Friday to Five Times Its Budget; 'Much Ado' Opens Strong Limited

    "The Purge," the first film from horror producer Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "Insidious") to be released by Universal, grossed almost $17 million on Friday (including Thursday night late shows), more than five times its reported $3 million production cost, to be the dominant #1 film for the d...

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    Box Office: 'Before Midnight' Carries 'Lowest-Grossing Trilogy' to New Heights

    Long before its impressive opening weekend put its predecessors to shame, Richard Linklater's long-awaited third part of the "Before" franchise screened on March 9 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. After the film, the director took the stage to answer audience questions and eventually got aro...

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