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    Arthouse Audit: 'Cesar Chavez,' 'The Raid 2,' 'Finding Vivian Maier' & 'Mistaken for Strangers' Find Initial Success

    Four new specialized/independent releases from diverse backgrounds showed initial strength this weekend. Two of these -- "Cesar Chavez" (Pantelion/Lionsgate) and "The Raid 2" (Sony Pictures Classics) -- are intended for wider release. Two others -- "Finding Vivian Maier" (IFC) and "Mistaken for Stra...

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    'Frozen' and 'LEGO Movie' Pass Box Office Milestones

    Two movies that crossed major box office landmarks this weekend, "Frozen" and "The Lego Movie," remind us that with blockbusters, often originality is king. In its sights: "The Dark Knight Rises." Watch out, Batman, you're about to get beat by a princess!

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Raid 2' and 'Vivian Maier' Lead Openers as 'Budapest Hotel' and 'God's Not Dead' Soar In Expansion

    Gareth Evans's "The Raid 2" led a quartet of newcomers at the specialty box office this weekend. A sequel to 2012's "The Raid: Redemption," the Sony Pictures Classics-released action-thriller grossed $176,907 from 7 theaters, averaging a potent $25,272 ahead of expansion. Notably, the first "Raid" a...

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    Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

    Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.

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    Weekend B.O. March 28-30 (Nothing To Worry About)

    The good news this weekend is that executives at Paramount can now rest easy.

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    Box Office: 'Noah' Rides To #1, 'Sabotage' Bombs & 'Frozen' Becomes Highest Grossing Animated Pic Of All Time

    There were concerns about whether or not the crucial faith-based audience would buy tickets, and Paramount was choosy about who got to see Darren Aronofsky's grim, dark and bleak "Noah" in advance, but there's no doubt ticket buyers were curious, with the biblical tale taking in over $40 million thi...

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    Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

    Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.

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    How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

    "Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.

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    Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

    Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action sta...

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