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    Friday Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Cleans Up, Nothing Else Kicks Ass

    At the Friday box office, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" rose above expectations position to score an easy top spot in what was predicted to be a close race for the weekend with poorly-reviewed "Kick-Ass 2" (Universal). The Weinstein Co.'s well-hyped historical epic benefited from the controversy over it...

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    Universal Clocks Biggest Year Ever at International Box Office

    Universal is having a very good year. As of August 12, the studio has raked in its biggest year ever at the international box office. Its grosses already total $1.8 billion on such global hits as action ensemble "Fast & Furious 6" ($544.4 million), animated comedy "Despicable Me 2" ($410 million) an...

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    2013 Summer Box Office On Track to Be Best Ever, Even Amid Flops and Forewarned Implosion

    Variety reports that the 2013 domestic summer box office is on track to be the most robust ever, despite the multiple would-be tentpoles that crashed and burned (amid Steven Spielberg's much-repeated soundbite of industry "implosion"). Domestic totals are estimated at $4.15 billion, through Sunday, ...

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    'Chennai Express' Breaks Bollywood Opening Weekend Box Office Record, Why World's Biggest Movie Star Is Shah Rukh Khan

    Romantic action comedy "Chennai Express" broke all stateside Bollywood box office records last weekend with $2,225,000 in 196 locations and a huge $11,352 per screen average. The old record of $1,944,027 had been held since 2010 by "My Name is Khan," also starring Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan. ...

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    Women Flock to Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' and Lake Bell's 'In a World,' '20 Feet from Stardom' Tops Year's Docs

    Lake Bell's Sundance prize-winner "In a World" (Roadside Attractions) had the best initial showing this weekend in limited openings. Films directed by women have gone from rare to almost non-existent: only two woman directors were among all of 2013's wide release studio openings thus far. With the f...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Chennai Express' Breaks Bollywood Record; 'Blue Jasmine' Continues Toward Breaking Woody Allen's

    Indian import "Chennai Express" hit America with some serious strength this weekend, breaking the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a Bollywood film Stateside.

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    Box Office: 'We're The Millers' Doesn't Make It To 'Elysium'

    Four new films opened this weekend, joining an already full box office top ten: a dystopian epic actioner, a raunchy adult comedy, a kid-friendly cartoon, and a family-friendly action-myth story sequel. Duking it out for the top spot, the R-rated films took the lead while the PGs held their own in a...

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    Weekend B.O. Aug. 9-11 (The Dog Days Of Summer)

    These are official the Dogs Days of Summer, but that's not stopping people going to the movies.

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Elysium' Gives Sony First Number One Film Since 'Evil Dead'

    Four new films opened this August weekend to overall decent if not sensational results, and several long-running performers yielded a top 10 slightly ahead of last year ($149 million vs. $129 million), bringing the year-to-date total about even with 2012. But four new films before marketing boasted ...

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    'Elysium' Best of Four Solid New Films As Summer Winds Down

    It's the rare week that has four new wide studio openings, and rarer still when they take the top four slots. But last week's openers are falling fast, the summer's big hits are late in their runs, and the newbies are playing to discreet audiences. So at least three of the openers, led by "Elysium" ...

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