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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Good Lie,' 'Men, Women & Children' Open Soft

    This weekend despite Yom Kippur and competition from hot-button "Gone Girl," several new films opened well. But not fairly wide release "The Good Lie," which was well-reviewed and played well to those who showed up, or limited multiple "Men, Women and Children," which did neither.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Pride' Opening Drowned by Noisy 'Gone Girl'

    Fall is prime season for top grade specialized releases. Increasingly, indie distributors are seeing their top fall entries challenged by high-end films from top studio directors aiming for awards attention. Thus Fox's widely reviewed New York Film Festival opener "Gone Girl" --which doesn't open un...

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    Fall Specialty Box Office Takes Off with Docs '20,000 Days,' 'Pump' and 'Art and Craft'

    The fall rush of new films began in earnest this weekend. But the initial results will give the specialized industry players pause. The more anticipated potential crossover films, including "The Guest," "Hector and the Search for Happiness," "Tusk," "Tracks" and "Keep On Keepin' On" did not open str...

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    'Skeleton Twins' Scores Best Limited Opening since 'Boyhood'

    The fall season began in earnest this weekend as several top festival films opened well. Fox Searchlight's tough guy thriller "The Drop," starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, landed in sixth place in the Top Ten, opening in over 800 theaters for an excellent gross of $4.2 million. The clear stan...

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    Arthouse Audit: Documentary Dominates New Films, 'Boyhood' Tops $20 Million

    The big news continues to be the strength of several long-term crossover successes, led by "Boyhood," which now has passed $20 million and shows no signs of letting up.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Cantinflas' Soars in Limited Release While 'Boyhood' Leads Strong Crossover Successes

    Though shunned by most distributors, Labor Day weekend does provide an opening for both specialized and mainstream films for those willing to take a chance.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Love Is Strange' Spices Up Lagging Specialized B.O.

    Sony Pictures Classics' mature romance "Love Is Strange," the second Sundance opener in a row to dominate the specialty box office, did sizable initial business in New York and Los Angeles. With an appeal to older audiences, both straight and gay, it looks positioned for future success in a market o...

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    SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

    Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'What If' Leads Weak Openers; 'Boyhood' and 'Most Wanted Man' Pass $10 Million

    For the second straight weekend, a high-profile festival acquisition opened to mixed results, as CBS Films' Daniel Radcliffe vehicle "What If" struggled to find significant traction in ten markets before it moves wider next week. Last week's top opener "Calvary" (Fox Searchlight) struggled in some m...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Calvary' Opens Soft, 'Boyhood' and 'A Most Wanted Man' Expand Well, 'Wish I Was Here' Another Focus Flop

    Fox Searchlight's "Calvary" opened below expectations in its first theaters, given stellar reviews and TV ad support. "Boyhood" remains the standout as it quickly expands to over 300 screens, showing significant success with a promise of more ahead. Roadside Attraction's "A Most Wanted Man," starrin...

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