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    Weekend Top Ten: 'The Conjuring' Triumphs While Box Office Slumps, R.I.P.D. Is D.O.A.

    Warner Bros.' low-budget "The Conjuring" easily topped the weekend, with Fox/DreamWorks' "Turbo" placing only number three as the best of the rest. Lionsgate's "Red 2" struggled to keep pace with its predecessor, while Universal's "R.I.P.D." is lining up to be one of the summer's biggest flops. Alto...

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    Weekend B.O. July 19-21 ('Conjuring' Scores, 'R.I.P.D.' Tanks, 'Fruitvale' Stays Strong)

    This weekend once again proves that, when you come right down to it, it’s character and story that matter, not how many CGI effects you can cram into a film.

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    'Conjuring' Tops Four New Films; 'Fruitvale Station' & 'Way Way Back' Expand Well

    An unusual four wide studio releases competed for eyeballs this weekend. Only "The Conjuring" (Warner Bros.) showed initial success. With a production budget only slightly higher than its first day gross of $17 million, it is the only one of the four certain to be profitable. Two others - "Turbo" (2...

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    Box Office: How Did 'Fruitvale Station''s Opening Hold Up Against Past Sundance Jury Prize Winners?

    Ryan Coogler's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" had a very strong first weekend of theatrical release, taking in $377,285 from just 7 theaters for a $53,898 per-theater-average. How does that compare to other recent winners of Sundance's top prize? Quite impressively, if you look...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Fruitvale Station' Makes Strong Opening Statement; 'Way Way Back' Builds Steam

    New opener "Fruitvale Station" and "The Way, Way Back" (in its second week) are the biggest specialty hits of the summer season so far, after several weeks of promising new openings that have failed to cross the $10 million mark as they expanded. The timely and unsettling "Fruitvale" boasts the best...

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    Box Office: 'Pacific Rim' Can't Outgun 'Despicable Me 2' & Adam Sandler’s 'Grown Ups 2'

    For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of hubbub around the Internet about whether Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" could withstand Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2." Early tracking reports showed del Toro's monster movie trailing behind Sandler's comic reunion rehash. In response, critics have b...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Fruitvale Station' Huge In Limited Debut; 'Way, Way Back' Expands Strong

    Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" had a huge first weekend of limited release, taking in $377,285 from just 7 theaters for a $53,898 per-theater-average. The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, the film is based on the true story of a yo...

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Sequels to 'Despicable Me' and 'Grown Ups' Push Original 'Pacific Rim' to Soft Third

    Three reliables led a strong summer weekend box office: sequels, animation and ensemble comedies. "Despicable Me 2" came out on top in a close race, with Adam Sandler and company marking a strong second with "Grown Ups 2" (Sony). Warner Bros.' costly original "Pacific Rim" exceeded its estimates wit...

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    Weekend B.O. July 12-14 (Rim Kinda Meh, While Fruitvale Soars)

    Of course the news yesterday from a certain courtroom in Florida makes this weekend’s box office news not the first thing on most people’s minds at the moment. But it must be done.

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    Why 'Grown Ups 2' Scoring Best Sony Opening Day Since 'Skyfall' Is No Surprise; 'Fruitvale Station' Opens Strong

    Dennis Dugan's name doesn't often come to mind when thinking of top American directors. But the one-time actor (whose lead role in ABC's short-lived 1970s "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" was his acting high point) has over the last two decades made 17 films that in total have amassed a domestic gro...

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