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Specialty Box Office: ''71' and 'Maps' Debut As Oscar Winners Try and Cash In

fb.indiewire.com – Yann Demange's "'71" and David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" -- both fixtures on the festival circuit for some time now (in the case of "'71" it's been over a year) -- were the most high profile debuts in a specialty market still crowded with Oscar-fueled leftovers from 2014. UK imported war drama "'71" -- which stars breakout actor Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") -- debuted in 4 theaters this weekend care of Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media and took in a solid $60,100, averaging $15,025 per theater. 9 weeks 1 day ago via jetli
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Critics Consensus: Focus is Sleek and Slick But Too Twisty

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got con artists (Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie) and re-animators (The Lazarus Effect, starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass). What do the critics have to say? 9 weeks 4 days ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: 'Wild Tales' Debuts Big; 'Shadows,' 'Still Alice' Strong In Expansion

fb.indiewire.com – Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Wild Tales" made an impressive box office debut, with Sony Pictures Classics timing the release to Oscar weekend itself. The Argentinian film grossed $85,100 from just 4 theaters, averaging $21,275. Exposure from tonight's ceremony should help nicely as "Tales" expands in the coming weeks (especially if it pulls off a win). Though it's one of the few specialty titles out there without Oscar nominations tied to it, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" had a very nice weekend anyway. 10 weeks 1 day ago via brucelee
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Critics Consensus: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Is Unfunny and Juvenile

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got time-traveling hijinks (Hot Tub Time Machine 2, starring Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson), inspirational runners (McFarland USA, starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello), and charming teens (The Duff, starring Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell). What do the critics have to say? 10 weeks 4 days ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: 'Shadows' and '5 Years' Open Strong; Oscar Contenders Keep It Coming

fb.indiewire.com – President's Day weekend wasn't just good to "50 Shades of Grey." A few new specialty titles posted very promising results in their limited debuts, most notably Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" and Richard LaGravenese's "The Last Five Years." The former -- released by Paladin/Unison -- managed the best opening average of 2015 thus far, taking in an impressive $65,830 from two theaters in New York and Los Angeles to average $32,915. 11 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: 'Still Alice,' Oscar Shorts Expand Nicely As Award Season Enters Its Final Weeks

fb.indiewire.com – A handful of new specialty titles debuted rather quietly this weekend, leaving the story mostly to 2014-15 awards season hopefuls. Though notably of those newbies, two -- Freestyle's "Old Fashioned" and Magnolia's "Ballet 422" -- both managed strong bows on a couple screens. 12 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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Critics Consensus: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Is Silly Fun

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got spunky sea creatures (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, with voice work from Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke), a would-be space queen (Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum), and a witch slayer (Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore).

12 weeks 4 days ago via jetli
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar Hopeful 'Timbuktu' Debuts; 'Still Alice,' 'Violent Year' Solid In Expansion

fb.indiewire.com – One of the last feature length Oscar nominees to find theatrical release, Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" hit four theaters this care of Cohen Media Group clearly trying to capitalize on its Best Foreign Language Film nomination (the first ever for the country of Mauritania). And it was off to a strong start, grossing $50,000 for a $12,500 average. 13 weeks 1 day ago via donnieyen
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Critics Consensus: Project Almanac is Fun but Uneven

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got time-traveling teens (Project Almanac, starring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black D'Elia), squabbling families (Black or White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer), and philandering friends (The Loft, starring Karl Urban and James Marsden). What do the critics have to say? 13 weeks 4 days ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar-Snubbed 'Cake' Debuts So-So; 'Imitation Game' Becomes 2014's Biggest Indie

fb.indiewire.com – While the specialty box office was dominated by Oscar nominees, a couple of snubbed films tried to make the best of the buzz that came with almost being nominated. First and foremost was Daniel Barnz's "Cake," which earned Jennifer Aniston Golden Globe and SAG nominations -- but missed out at the Oscars.

14 weeks 1 day ago via jackiechan
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Critics Consensus: Strange Magic is Less Than Enchanting

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got fairy tale creatures (Strange Magic, with voice performances from Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood), an eccentric adventurer (Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow), and a troubled teacher-student relationship (The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman). What do the critics have to say? 14 weeks 4 days ago via donnieyen
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Specialty Box Office: 'Still Alice' Debuts Strong As Oscar Nominees Try and Cash In

fb.indiewire.com – The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced this past Thursday, with essentially every major nominee aiming to cash in this weekend. 15 weeks 1 day ago via jackiechan
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Critics Consensus: American Sniper Hits the Target, Paddington Is Certified Fresh

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got a fallen soldier (American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller), a marmalade-loving bear (Paddington, starring Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), an ex-con hacker (Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth and 15 weeks 4 days ago via donnieyen
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar Hopefuls Hang On As The Season Heats Up

fb.indiewire.com – The final weekend before the Oscar nominations was a big one for many of the films hoping to have a stamp of the Academy's approval come Thursday. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" -- which is a dark horse for a Best Picture nomination -- continued to do nearly unheard of business in just 4 theaters. The film dropped just 18% as it took in another $555,000 for a staggering $138,750 per-theater-average.

16 weeks 1 day ago via jetli
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Critics Consensus: Taken 3 Is Less Than Captivating

rottentomatoes.com – This week at the movies, we've got a man on the run (Taken 3, starring Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker) and a civil rights hero (Selma, starring David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson). What do the critics have to say? 16 weeks 4 days ago via brucelee
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