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    Before 'Kingdom' Came: A History of Wes Anderson at the Box Office

    This past weekend, Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" defied all expectations to post a stunning $522,966 gross over the three-day frame to shatter the record for the highest per-theater-average of any live-action or independent film ever: $130,749.

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    Career Watch: Will Smith, Still on His Throne?

    Music-TV-film superstar Will Smith did not mark his return to the box office (after a four year hiatus) with a bang, but it wasn't a crash either. "Men in Black III" knocked "The Avengers" off its top spot, and while it's no disaster, it finished the weekend short of expe...

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    Arthouse Audit: Massive Opening for "Moonrise Kingdom" Shows that Festivals Matter (UPDATED 4 DAY FIGURES)

    "Moonrise Kingdom" opened with some of the best platform grosses ever, even adjusting for inflation, but it isn't the only good news out there. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" had a terrific expansion, while the massive international hit "Intouchables" had a lesser, if still encouraging, NY/LA open...

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    Weekend Box Office: "Men in Black 3" Dethrones 'Avengers," Scores Soft $70 Million, Top Ten Chart

    After a 10 year wait since the last installment of the venerable “Men in Black” franchise, Sony’s “Men in Black 3” debuted in the top spot during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend as the Will Smith-starrer took in an estimated $70 million, which was on the lower side of expectations.

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    Weekend Preview: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Rules; The Audacious 'Oslo, August 31st' & France's 'Intouchables'

    "Moonrise Kingdom" is the obvious must-see this holiday weekend, following its warm reception as the Cannes opening night film and the slew of delighted reviews that followed. Fans of director Wes Anderson won't be disappointed; this is a film that only he could make...

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    Final Box Office: 'Marigold Hotel' Flowers Once More While 'Mansome' Bombs

    Each Tuesday, Indiewire publishes a box office chart that sorts the final weekend numbers of all specialty releases by per-theater average. Check out the full chart here, but here's some highlights:

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    China's Wanda Group to Acquire Theater Chain AMC Entertainment to Form Largest Global Cinema Giant

    It's a small world after all. The dateline on the press release reads "BEIJING, China and KANSAS CITY, Mo." That tells you everything you need to know about the transformative news that Chinese conglomerate Wanda, which runs China's largest theater chain, will acquire AMC Entertainment, America's...

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    Arthouse Audit: Who Needs Festivals? Ongoing 'Marigold' Trumps Cannes & Toronto Standouts

    While the US indie acquisition world hunts for new hits at Cannes, a film that bypassed festivals is the standout among recent releases. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" in its third weekend also continues to parallel same-day opener "The Avengers" in looking good in an otherwise underperforming mar...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers' Annihilates 'Battleship,' Which Opens Lower than 'John Carter'

    Marking its third consecutive weekend in the top spot, Disney’s “The Avengers” continued to annihilate the competition and dominate at North American box office. The Marvel Studio’s production racked up an estimated $55 million, advancing its cume to a stellar $457.1 million.

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    Dear Reggae Fans: You Can Host a Screening of 'Marley'

    Gathr, a pioneer company in movies on demand programming, announced that they will allow fans to bring the critically-acclaimed documentary "Marley" to their local movie venue. "Marley" explores the rich life of Bob Marley, a towering influence in music history. The film was made with unprecedented ...

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