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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Weak Openers Led by 'Hansel and Gretel'

    Things picked up on Saturday after poor box office performance Friday due to Eastern weather. But it was still a weak result overall, with the Top Ten down about 25% from last weekend (even without major football competition) and about $6 million under last year (which saw a slight bump for two new ...

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    Weekend B.O. Jan. 24-26 (A Ho-Hum Weekend)

    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which wasn't screened to the media until at the very last minute, on Thursday night, in some out of the way places (usually a sure mark of quality), was No. 1 this weekend, with $19 million.

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    Box Office: 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' Tops Slow Weekend

    So, did the big fairy tale boom happen? “Alice In Wonderland” burst out of the gate with a billion dollar gross, leading the way for two Snow White movies that performed respectably, if not powerfully. And here in January, we have another, the R-rated “Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The fact tha...

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    Weekend Box Office Preview: Weak Openers, 'Silver Linings' Holds Strong

    Did you look at the movie ads this weekend and decide maybe it was a good time to stay home? Apparently you weren't alone. Three new openings failed to spark much interest, and combined with other post-Christmas releases that got whatever attention they deserved on their first few days, business col...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Amour' and 'Quartet' Thrive in New Expansions

    While distributors ponder how much to spend on new films showcased at Sundance, the business of opening and playing off previous acquisitions continues, with most of the success coming from higher-level films from top companies, particularly those in the middle of the Oscar race.

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten Led by Flicks Starring Oscar Rivals Chastain and Lawrence; Schwarzenegger, Wahlberg, Crowe Flop

    Three films starring Best Actress Oscar nominees nabbed the top positions, while three other films loaded with "A" list male actors struggled at the weekend box office. Jessica Chastain leads the way, with her horror film "Mama" grossing far above expectations, while her nominated film "Zero Dark Th...

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    UPDATE: Weekend B.O. Jan. 18-20 (Mama Doubles Its Production Cost, Django Scores Big Overseas while Arnie Flops)

    The Gulliermo del Toro produced ghost story/horror film Mama did better than expected, while former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen was underwhelming, to say the least.

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    Box Office: Jessica Chastain Dominates With 'Mama' & 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'The Last Stand' Flops

    Jessica Chastain: A-List star? Following a Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Zero Dark Thirty," the leading lady stars in the top two films at the box office despite a fairly crowded weekend. Cheapie horror film "Mama" blew away a couple of newcomers to open strong at the top spot, followed by the ...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Amour' and 'Quartet' Lead Slow Weekend For Specialty Market

    While the vast majority of the independent film world was busy in Park City scoping out Sundance's 2013 offerings, the indie box office saw a Sundance 2012 alum -- Sheldon Candis's "LUV" -- as the sole newcomer on a slow weekend. The film -- distributed by Indomina -- opened on 45 ...

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    Chastain Rocks the Box Office With Top Two Films While Male Stars Flounder

    This weekend Jessica Chastain owns the box office, a rarity for actresses today. Based on Friday's numbers she looks to lead the three-day and four-day numbers with the top two films -- the new Spanish horror film "Mama" and the second week of the wide release of her nominated film "Zero Dark Thirty...

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