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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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    Weekend B.O. May 31-June 2 (Jaden Should Have Asked For The Car)

    I think the New York Times got it right when it said in its review of After Earth that not too long ago, Hollywood stars used to buy their children expensive sports cars as gifts. Now they give them $130 million vanity projects to star in. And after seeing the film, I wish Jaden had asked for a P...

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    Box Office: Will Smith Tumbles With 'After Earth'; 'Fast & Furious 6' Holds On To #1

    Has there ever been any franchise quote like the "Fast And Furious" films? Since Justin Lin took over the series, the grosses have risen with each installment. His "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" collected $158 million globally seven years ago, and now, three movies later, "Fast And Furious ...

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    'After Earth' Fails to Open at Number One, Lags Behind 'Now You See Me' As Top Newcomer

    As Sony's "After Earth" opened Friday, an irresistible force (Will Smith, with a two-decade record of #1 openings) met an unmovable object (director M. Night Shyamalan's declining box office and critical appeal), and the latter won. "After Earth," top-heavy with Smith family involvement (Smith's co-...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Before Midnight' Leads Memorial Day Debuts; 'Frances Ha' Huge In Expansion

    Specialty Box Office: 'Before Midnight' Leads Memorial Day Debuts; 'Frances Ha' Huge In Expansion

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    'Before Midnight' & 'Fill the Void' Both Score For Sony Classics

    Over the past two years, the Memorial Day weekend has become a significant time to release important new specialized films. Last year, coming off its Cannes debut, "Moonrise Kingdom" opened to a staggering $130,000 four-theater PSA, while a year earlier Cannes-winner "The Tree of Life" did lesser bu...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

    It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ...

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    'Fast & Furious 6' Revs Up Top Ten for Record-Breaking Memorial Day Weekend Box Office

    Led by two openers whose series combined have reached nine films total, business for the first time in 2013 blasted far ahead of the previous year. And more importantly, it did so on one of the biggest weekends of the year.

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