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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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    Box Office Update: 'Before Midnight' Has Big First Weekend

    While most box office reports are going on about how "Fast & Furious 6" is headed for a huge Memorial Day weekend (and/or how "The Hangover Part III is not), there's another notable sequel-related story developing this weekend: Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight."

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    Weekend B.O. May 24-26 (Diversity Works)

    Fast & Furious 6 has done what Star Trek Into Darkness failed to do in its first weekend. That is to cross (almost) the $100 million mark in one weekend, helping to make this Memorial Day weekend the biggest ever in terms of box office numbers (totaling over $320 million), surpassing the prev...

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    'Fast & Furious 6' Revs Up Holiday Weekend Box Office, 'Before Midnight' Starts Strong

    After months of grosses that often fell short of last year, Friday's results indicate a huge uptick in business just as the summer season revs into high gear. With three new films joining three May hits, the top 10 yesterday grossed around $84 million, nearly double the Friday of Memorial Day weeken...

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    Hot Docs' Bloor Cinema Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes With Strip Club Saga 'The Manor'

    It's been over a year since Toronto's historic Bloor Cinema was renovated and revamped as a year round cinema for Hot Docs -- North America's largest documentary film festival. Playing nonfiction films almost exclusively, the cinema has proven in the 14 months since it's opened that there is indeed ...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Frances Ha' Debuts Strong With Sold Out Shows in NY and LA

    After a weak spring dominated by three indie hits that went wide quickly, "Frances Ha" stands out a potential arthouse success. This film could stay in limited release for a while, unlike quick-breaking multiplex players "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Mud" and "Spring Breakers," which will all likel...

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