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    Weekend B.O. May 18-20 (Rihanna Fails To Knock Over Avengers)

    Not even Battleship with the awesome, blinding force of power known to the world and the cosmos as Rihanna could beat The Avengers this weekend. Once again the Marvel film was No.1 this weekend, while Battleship underperformed, making some $10 million less than what most film box office analysts had...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Hysteria' and 'Elena' Lead Debuts as 'Marigold Hotel' Stays Open For Business

    As "The Avengers" continued to dominate the overall box office and most of the industry was busy in Cannes, Fox Searchlight continued to find fantastic numbers from the first major indie breakout of 2012, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

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    Dear Reggae Fans: You Can Host a Screening of 'Marley'

    Gathr, a pioneer company in movies on demand programming, announced that they will allow fans to bring the critically-acclaimed documentary "Marley" to their local movie venue. "Marley" explores the rich life of Bob Marley, a towering influence in music history. The film was made with unprecedented ...

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    Weekend Preview: 'Dictator,' 'Polisse,' Pregnant Movie Stars & Vibrators

    "The Dictator" rules with provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen, and here's what you'll get from "What To Expect When You're Expecting": easy laughs, strategically placed music and one-dimensional characters. Jennifer Lopez is the soul of the movie (if there is one), Chace Cr...

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    Cannes 2011 Recap: Charting a High-Grossing, Oscar-Bound Crop

    A year ago when Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" opened the Cannes Film Festival, no one would have ever guessed it was the beginning of a fairly remarkable success story. Released in theaters a week a week later, the film would go on to become Allen's highest grossing film ever, and get him his f...

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    Final Box Office: 'Exotic Hotel' Tops Chart Again; 'Artist' Re-Release Bombs

    Each Tuesday, Indiewire publishes a box office chart that sorts the final weekend numbers of all specialty releases by per-theater average. Check out the full chart here, but here's some highlights:

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    Career Watch: The Commodification of Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp's career has been set on cruise control for years, and it's worked splendidly. He's Hollywood's highest-paid actor along with Will Smith, received not one but two Golden Globe nominations in 2011 (for two of his worst films) and is happy getting paid stupid amounts of mon...

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    Opening Numbers For Indie Drama "Changing The Game" + Latest Figures For "On The 7th Day" & "Marley"

    In the so-called "specialty box office" category for this past weekend... 

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    Magnolia's on a Roll, from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Marley' to Twisty Stylish Thriller 'Headhunters'

    "Headhunters" is a smart pick-up. It's basically the most commercial movie Norway has to offer, based on Joe Nesbo's global detective bestseller, starring rising star Aksel Hennie ("Max Manus") and Danish "Game of Thrones" baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and directed with style by top commercial direc...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Marigold Hotel' Still Torrid Amid Weak Specialty Field

    The strong expansion for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was marked by a dramatic jump from 27 to 178 theaters, with an estimated PSA (per screen average) of $13,000 or better (likely) for the weekend. Quick expansions for a film like this aren't typical, and the configuration here doesn't offer ea...

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