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    Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Jack Reacher' Best of So-So New Openers

    Warning signs for this year's year-end box office prospects appeared in Friday's numbers. Even though pre-Christmas Friday was two days earlier this year (generally the closer the day is to the holiday, the fewer people are going to movies), the take for the Top Ten was only $28 million yesterday, c...

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    Friday Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Heading For Big Weekend; 'Impossible,' 'Not Fade Away' Underwhelm

    Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty"  continued to show strength Friday night after a record breaking mid-week debut. In 5 theaters, the film grossed $115,000, a 10% jump from Thursday. That made for a $23,000 average and took its total to an impressive $344,000 after 3 days ...

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    Oscar Foreign Language Shortlist Films All Open or Set for Release by Early 2013

    Something funny happened on the way to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar shortlist. Unusually, all nine contenders announced Friday morning have either already been released in the US or will be during the first quarter of 2013.

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    Pre-Holiday Box Office: 'Zero Dark 30' 'Amour' Openings Boost Oscar Chances; 'Guilt Trip' 'Monsters 3D' Start Slow

    Four new films opened midweek, during the pre-Christmas period when most people postpone their moviegoing until the holiday. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Amour" both opened well in limited release in NY/LA, particularly for the date. The two wide studio releases -- "Guilt Trip&qu...

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    Holiday Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Breaks Opening Day Record For Limited Mid-Week Release

    Sony is estimated that Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" managed $124,848 from just 5 theaters on its first day of release. That's a staggering number that amounted to a $24,967 per-theater-average for the day, a record for a mid-week limited release (topping "Cape Fear,&qu...

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    Arthouse Audit: Holiday Prospects for Holdovers 'Hyde Park,' 'Karenina,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Rust and Bone'

    This is not looking like a strong holiday season for the specialty players.

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'The Hobbit' Breaks Records, But What Does It Mean?

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" delivered about 70% of the top ten revenue in the pre-Christmas doldrums. Grosses almost doubled from last weekend and climbed about 13% from last year, making this a very successful weekend indeed. Yes, "The Hobbit" set a record for December weekend openings--...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Silver Linings' Keeps Showing Its Legs In Slow Weekend; 'The Other Son' Hits $1 Million Mark

    With few specialty openers to compete with, a handful of November releases benefited from a calm before an anticipated Christmas storm that begins next weekend with the limited debuts of "Amour" and "Zero Dark Thirty." The film that perhaps had the impressive performance was...

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    Saturday Top Ten Preview: 'The Hobbit' Gobbles Up 80% of Box Office, 'Lincoln' Strong

    As expected, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" overcame a turbulent production history, mixed reviews and a nearly three-hour length to open strong. The $37-million-plus gross included some $13 million from midnight shows: about one million people on a December weeknight attended t...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Hyde Park on Hudson' Opens Just OK, 'Silver Linings' Takes It Slow

    The only high-profile specialty release this weekend was "Hyde Park on the Hudson" from Focus, normally a prime date for late year high profile releases (last year, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Young Adult" both premiered). "Hyde Park" did respectable business under difficult circumstances, but at ...

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