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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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    Specialty Box Office: 'Hannah,' 'The East' and 'Kings' Make For Trio of Strong Newbies; 'Midnight' and 'Frances' Keep It Coming

    A trio of debuting indies got off to strong starts this weekend, with Zeitgeist's "Hannah Arendt," Fox Searchlight's "The East" and CBS Films' "The Kings of Summer" each meeting or exceeding expectations.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Hannah Arendt' Leads New Openings, 'The East' and 'Kings of Summer' Open Just OK

    Early summer specialized releases are falling short of the initial grosses of breakout films from the last two years. But several films representing a range of audience appeal (primarily younger-oriented) are showing varying levels of strength. A surprisingly strong New York gross from the German fi...

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Falling 'Fast & Furious' and Sleeper 'Now You See Me' Trounce Shyamalan/Smith Combo 'After Earth'

    With the help of an unexpected sleeper success ("Now You See Me") and a continued decent showing for "Fast and Furious 6," the combined weekend gross for the top 10 again rose above last year's ($150 million, up from $133) even with the disappointing initial numbers from "After Earth," which was exp...

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