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    Legends (and Failures) of the Fall: Indie Box Office Winners and Losers

    In the movie world, the "holiday season" begins in November, when Hollywood tentpoles hoping to cash in on Thanksgiving-related trips to the movies start popping up. So it seems a good time to take a quick look back at the hits and misses of Indiewood's fall before the heavy hitters drown them out.

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    James Bond 23, 'Skyfall,' Opens Big in UK and 24 Markets: Seven Things We Know About Bond

    We know that with rave reviews, Sony and MGM's "Skyfall" could exceed the global gross on any other Bond. (Bond 22 gross/review rankings here.) The first international grosses are in from 25 markets and James Bond 23 is off to a rip-roaring start, opening everywhere at #1 and grossing $77.7 million....

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    Arthouse Audit: Gotham Nominee 'Loneliest Planet' Leads Weak Newcomers

    "The Loneliest Planet" led the underwhelming new specialized films this weekend, as "The Sessions" showed continuing strength in its second-week expansion. Otherwise business was on the low side even for the normally deemphasized pre-Halloween playtime. "The Other Son" showed some initial action in ...

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    Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Argo' Sings, 'Cloud Atlas' Doesn't

    This pre-Halloween weekend, one Warner Bros. release soared to the top of the box office line-up on strong word of mouth. The other, with a C+ Cinemascore, could be sinking fast. "Cloud Atlas," their expensive epic from three major directors, failed to gross $10 million, a soft opening for this much...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Loneliest Planet' Leads Newcomers; 'Sessions' Holds Nicely

    Julia Loktev's Gotham Award nominated "The Loneliest Planet" led a generally uneventful weekend at the indie box office, topping fellow newcomers "The Other Son" and "District of Corruption."

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    Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Cloud Atlas' Does Not Float

    Warner Bros. could have bragging rights with the top two films this weekend (based on Friday's grosses), but the reality is they can't be too happy with the poor performance of "Cloud Atlas." The Wachowski siblings/Tom Tykwer collaboration actually came in #3 for the day (just under $3.5 million). B...

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    Weekend Preview: Julia Loktev's Psychological Slow Burner 'The Loneliest Planet,' An Ambitious but Flawed 'Cloud Atlas'

    While "Cloud Atlas" gets all the attention this weekend (good and bad), several other films are worth checking out for those not interesting in spending nearly three hours watching movie stars play multiple parts (races, genders, etc) to a mostly unsatisfying conclusion. While ambitious an...

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    Alamo Drafthouse Wants You To Fight a Cinematic Disease: Make a 'No Talking, No Texting' PSA & Win Prizes (VIDEO)

    Alamo Drafthouse's latest Filmmaking Frenzy: "Don't Talk or Text During Movies." In line with their "No Talking, No Texting" policy in theaters, Alamo is waging war against this "cinematic disease" by giving filmmakers and fans the chance to make their own "Don't Talk" PSA. Watch the promo video, wi...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'The Sessions' Opens Strong, 'Holy Motors' OK, 'Smashed' and 'Paperboy' Sag, 'Sugar Man' Heads for $2 Million

    "The Sessions" led the way among new films this week, performing as expected for this unusual drama, looking even better without a lot of other Oscar contenders opening in recent weeks. Three other review-driven films -- two documentaries and a controversial French film -- with much lower profiles ...

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    Top Ten Weekend Box Office Led by 'Paranormal Activity 4' and Holdover 'Argo'

    Strong holdovers like "Argo," more than the new "Paranormal Activity" installment, boosted this weekend's box office over last year. Many had only small fall offs from last week. Business was also helped by a diverse slate of films appealing to a wide range of audiences. -- important for raising tic...

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