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    Box Office: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Barely Climbs Beanstalk To Number One

    The writing was on the wall as soon as director Bryan Singer retreated to the “X-Men” franchise for next year’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past.” “Jack The Giant Slayer” was destined to be a money-loser, looking like just another post-”Alice In Wonderland” fantasy epic but costing somewhere in the vicin...

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    Arthouse Audit: Sony Pictures Classics Rolls Out Oscar Bounty

    Sony Pictures Classics is looking forward to a big Oscar night with foreign contenders "Amour" and "No" as well as two leading documentary entries, "Searching for Sugar Man" and "The Gatekeepers." The question is where the specialty box office goes after the a...

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    Melissa McCarthy Rules Weekend Box Office Top Ten

    On a Sunday when studio films look to take home most of the top Oscars (not always the case), their new pictures aren't playing well with audiences. Only three studio pics make the top ten, while mini-majors and independents carry most of the weight. The continued success of such companies as Weinst...

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    Specialty Box Office: Holdovers Lead Very Slow Oscar Weekend

    Sony Pictures Classics continued to belatedly benefit from its nominations on this slow Oscar weekend, with foreign language film nominee "No" -- directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Gael Garcia Bernal -- expanded from 4 to 6 screens in its second weekend and found the best per-th...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Returns To First; Stitches For 'Snitch'

    So far, 2013 is trailing 2012 in box office receipts, allowing “Identity Thief” to celebrate the spoils of war. The comedy is slated to become the highest grossing film of 2013 within days (beating out “Django Unchained,” which is actually a 2012 release), and this weekend it romped over a couple of...

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    Weekend B.O. Feb. 22-24 ('Snitch' Vs. 'Thief' Tug Of War)

    It was a tug of war at the box office between the Dwayne Johnson actioner, Snitch, and Identity Thief; but Thief won out the weekend.

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    Six Reasons Why Six Oscar Nominees Delivered Highest Awards Season Grosses in Recent History

    Six of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominees have already passed the $100 million mark, the highest level since the number was increased from five in 2009. These are the biggest numbers, even with ticket price adjustments, in recent box-office history. A number of factors contributed to the result-- ...

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    'Snitch' Edges Out 'Identity Thief' for Friday in Another Down Weekend

    Oscar Weekend is often not prime time for new openings. But this year looks weak even by that standard. Continuing a pattern that hasn't varied now for several weeks, grosses for the day were down again, this Friday about 25% from last year (also right before the awards).

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    Arthouse Audit: Smart Audiences Give 'No' a 'Yes'

    While it's been a spotty 2013 so far for new specialized openings, Sony Pictures Classics' Chilean-election drama (and Oscar nominee) "No" was a winner over the four-day holiday weekend in limited initial release, proving itself the strongest new art-house performer since "Quartet" last month, and f...

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