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    Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

    Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited...

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    Heroines of Cinema: The Biggest Female-led Box Office Hits of the 21st Century

    Box office is big business. “Avatar” grossed $2.78 billion in theatrical release alone - which, in the spirit of pointless statistics, is equal to the Gross National Product of the nation of Guyana. So far this century, 14 feature films have grossed more than $1 billion in worldwide theatrical relea...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Mother of George' and 'Wadjda' Top Openings as Nigerian and Saudi Arabian Directors Score

    International films are scoring at the specialty box office. The two best new films have roots in countries not normally seen at arthouses: "Mother of George" (from Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu) and "Wadjda" (a milestone Saudi Arabian film from a female director) both show initial appeal. A...

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    Box Office: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Out-Spooks 'The Family' With 2nd Best September Opening Ever

    Friday the 13th weekend... Black cats, broken mirrors, a horror sequel trumps a Robert De Niro-Luc Besson-Martin Scorsese mob comedy...

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    Weekend B.O. Sept. 13-15 (Where Did That Come From?)

    It happens at least two or three times a year.

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    'Insidious - Chapter 2" Continues Blum & Wan's Golden Touch; "The Family" Less So for Luc Besson

    "Insidious 2" continues producer Jason Blum's amazing record of big openings with low-budget horror films, with an inflation-unadjusted second-best-ever September opening at $41 million.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Mother of George,' 'Blue Caprice' Post Good Debut Numbers; 'Instructions' and 'Jasmine' Fight For 2013's Top Indie Status

    As the Toronto International Film Festival wrapped things up north of the border, a handful of specialty films had respectable debuts at the box office. Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" was chief among them, finding the best per-theater-average of any film in release. The Oscilloscope-distributed...

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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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