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    Weekend Box Office: '42' Leads Weekend, Breaks Baseball Movie Records, 'Scary' Series Ends

    Old-fashioned period baseball biopic "42" opened surprisingly well and shows signs of long-term play. The Jackie Robinson film provides struggling Warner Bros. with a much-needed hit. But the weekend was modest overall, with a top ten grossing about $105 million, the same as last year, but down from...

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    Box Office: '42' Rounds The Bases With All-Time Biggest Baseball Movie Opening

    This fact gets trotted out every year, and it continues to baffle, but here it is: the biggest opening weekend for a baseball-themed movie is “The Benchwarmers” with $19.7 million. Despite the fact that no single human being has ever willingly watched that film beyond that first weekend, it’s manage...

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    Weekend B.O. April 12-14 ('42' Outpaces Expectations)

    I was going to say “42 hits a home run” but that would have been TOO obvious.

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    Friday Box Office: '42' Bright Spot on Weak Weekend

    "42," which was not a guaranteed success as a sports movie with mixed reviews about an African-American hero played by an unknown. For the first time this year, a Warner Bros. release exceeded expectations by opening at over $9 million.

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    Indie Box Office Preview: How Will Malick's 'To The Wonder' Perform In Its Debut Frame?

    Terrence Malick isn't exactly known as known as a box office king, but his five previous films have managed some pretty impressive numbers considering that their content isn't exactly mainstream. Two years ago, "The Tree of Life" opened to a massive $93,230 average from four theaters (and eventuall...

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    Arthouse Audit: Self-Distributed 'Upstream Color' Shines in NY; 'Trance' & 'Company You Keep' Solid, Not Great

    Three new openings showed potential this weekend. In its exclusive New York date, Shane Carruth's self-distributed "Upstream Color" broke new ground as an alternative to the others' more conventional releases. The other two more expensive films directed by past Oscar director winners, Danny Boyle...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Trance,' 'Upstream' and 'Company' Make For Trio of Potent Debuts; 'Pines' Keeps It Coming

    April got off to a great start at the specialty box office, with three films scoring debut averages of over $29,000 per-theater and another holding on to a $20,000+ average in its second frame.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Evil Dead' Rises to Top, 'G.I. Joe' Plummets, Fights for Second with 'Croods'

    Sony's remake of "Evil Dead" performed better than expected, but fell just below the best horror film opening of the year. "Evil Dead" took #1 for the weekend, a position Paramount hoped to retain for its expensive "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." That film is a global hit, but is fighting for the #2 spot w...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Evil Dead' Screams Into Top Spot

    Did any horror movie buffs think we would ever get to this moment? That a Sam Raimi-produced remake of “The Evil Dead” (known as just “Evil Dead”; the Deadite is in the details) would hit number one? With ease, this latest version of “Evil Dead” has outgrossed all previous entries of the series, con...

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    Weekend B.O. April 5-7 ('Evil' Lives!)

    Filmgoers wanted to be grossed out this weekend with Evil Dead taking the top spot with $26 million.

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