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    Arthouse Audit: 'Tim's Vermeer' Shows Life; 'Gloria' Expands Well

    For the second straight week, a specialized release whose opening date was initially timed to follow a hoped for Oscar nomination that didn't work out opened to decent results anyway. "Tim's Vermeer" (Sony Pictures Classics) was thought to be a prime contender for the Documentary Feature award.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Like Father Like Son' Has Modest Start As Oscar Holdovers Dominate Indie Box Office

    Though the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend is usually targeted by studios for new releases, the specialized arena tends to steer clear. That's because so many late-year releases still demand attention, and the date conflicts with distributors' main mid-January priority, Sundance (few major indie ...

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    Arthouse Audit: Awards Contenders Ramp Up for Oscar Bounty, 'The Rocket' and 'In Bloom' Open Modestly

    The seasonally normal slow pace of new openings continues, with only two first-weeker's reporting grosses. Overall, highlighting the issue of an overabundance of theatrical releases, 20 new films opened in New York and/or Los Angeles, most of them to be little heard from again (at least five are alr...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Lone Survivor' and 'August: Osage County' Hold Well as 'Her' Widens

    As usual, this first weekend of the new year offered few new movies. The market is packed with awards contenders in varying stages of release, with Oscar-qualifiers that opened last week dominating the action. Most of the awards pictures showed minor drops or even increases. Most of them won't break...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Lone Survivor' Opens Well in Two Theaters While 'August: Osage County' Falls Short

    The long holiday weekend is one of the best periods of the year for specialized films. But given the plethora of high profile art films and quality wide studio releases to catch up with, business is spread out among many titles. This weekend, "Lone Survivor" exceeded expectations in limited release,...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Her' and 'The Past' Not Eye-Popping, Face Serious Competition

    Two significant limited holiday entries opened this pre-holiday weekend, often a tricky time to attract specialized audiences. Spike Jonze's "Her" (Warner Bros.), with somewhat younger appeal, boasted a weaker limited opening than "American Hustle" last weekend, while Sony Pictures Classics slotted ...

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    'American Hustle' Scores Year's Best NY/LA Launch, Softer 'Saving Mr. Banks' Hits More Cities

    "American Hustle" (Sony) had a year's-best limited opening, while "Saving Mr. Banks" (Buena Vista) had a decent take in a slightly wider start, both in advance of 2,000-plus breaks next Friday. Nothing else of note opened this weekend, a sign of the times as the studios increasingly, particularly du...

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    'Philomena' Off to Strong Start, 'Nebraska' Second Weekend Lags

    Weinstein heart-tugger "Philomena," this week's awards-friendly limited opening, scored an initial number comparable to two recent Oscar contenders ("Nebraska" and "Dallas Buyers Club"), just ahead of its rapid expansion this Wednesday. Per usual, the specialty market is getting crowded, with not ju...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Book Thief' Survives Critics, Oscar-Contender 'Wind Rises' Sells Out Two Theaters

    This week's newbies are a mixed bag. "The Book Thief," a rare major studio platform release, overcame less than great reviews for a respectable showing, while Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's subtitled animated feature "The Wind Rises" sold out most shows at two one-week-only theaters. The rest...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Dallas Buyers Club' Opens Well; 'About Time' Has OK Showing

    The non-stop flow of Oscar and other award hopeful releases continues this week. Focus Features' final film from the current team, "The Dallas Buyer's Club," opened credibly in four cities in the U.S. and Canada. The well-reviewed AIDS drama, focused on a true-life character's attempt to find his o...

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