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    Indie Box Office Analysis: 'The Raid' and 'The Deep Blue Sea' Are Off to the Races

    Two new solid openings – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Deep Blue Sea” – both took somewhat unusual routes beyond normal platforms to find their audiences this weekend. The former showed some real appeal to a non-specialized, younger audience, while the latter shows some initial promise responding ...

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    Box Office: Anti-Abortion Film 'October Baby' and Action Import 'The Raid' Lead Specialty Market

    There's no denying the relative unexcitability today of any box office news today that isn't the record-crashing $155 million insanity that was the opening of "The Hunger Games." But that news belongs in a different column, so I digress. 

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    Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' Breaks Records as Third Highest Opener of All Time

    Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” wrote a new page in the record books this weekend as the futuristic sci-fi action adventure, based on the first novel of a bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, grossed a staggering $155 million from 4,137 theaters – marking the third-biggest opening in box office hi...

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    Weekend Preview: 'The Hunger Games' Is A Must-See

    Box office records and hearts -- and maybe some gender barriers -- will be broken this weekend by "The Hunger Games" and the franchise's star, Jennifer Lawrence. (The film already scored $19.7 million from midnight shows.) We don't usually recommend a box office giant as must-see viewing, but this i...

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    Take a Tour of the Capitol, 'The Hunger Games' Virtual City

    Immerse yourself into the world of Panem with a tour of "The Hunger Games"'s capital city. You can enter by train, just like Katniss, to enjoy this exclusive personalized extension of the film and book...

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    MPAA Data Shows Women and Men Each Buy Half the Movie Tickets Sold

    For the second year in a row the MPAA has released data showing that men and women each buy half the tickets to movies.  (Here's the post of the 2010 stats.)  Two years ago women bought more than half the tickets. 

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    'The Hunger Games' Home Run; How the Filmmakers Did It

    It's one thing to know that a book could launch a movie franchise-- and another to deliver it. Compare and contrast the respective fates of two would-be franchises: "John Carter" and "The Hunger Games." One was produced by a major studio under inexperienced new management, who put their trust in a r...

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    MPAA Box Office Stats Reveal Declines in Domestic and 3-D Attendance: "We Needed a Few More Good Movies"

    It's always revealing to parse the Motion Picture Association of America's annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report. The 2011 report shows that the studios are basically getting bailed out by the international boost in moviegoers, while the domestic market is in steady decline. And the bloom is of...

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    Will The Hunger Games Be The First Real Female Franchise?

    In a little less than two days the film based on the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy will hit the big screen.  Already over 2,000 screenings on Thursday night are sold out and theatres are adding 3am screenings to accomodate the huge appetite for this film.

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    'The Hunger Games' Interview Round-Up: Cast Talk the Culture-Shifting Power of Dystopian Allegory (Video)

    Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" will boast an enormous box office debut on March 23 (some are forecasting a $140 million opening). That's thanks in large part to Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss Everdeen, which is earning raves. Women starved for smart entertainment aimed at them will flock...

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