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THE BIJOU @ TIFF: “The Moth Diaries”

Posted September 15, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Mary Harron’s career has previously included such fascinatingly transgressive films as I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page, which is the only sensible explanation for the inclusion of her new, dreadful sub-CW gothic thriller THE MOTH DIARIES in this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Diaries, which Harron adapted from a (reportedly […]

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS April 27-29

Posted April 26, 2012 by Mitch Metcalf

>Weekend #17 of 2012 looks like it will be about $112 million for the top 12 films, down 23% from last year’s comparable weekend (when Fast Five exploded with an $86 million opening weekend) and down 17% from the four-year average for this weekend.  A lack of compelling new product should make this weekend the […]

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FULL WEEK BOX OFFICE ACTUALS JUNE 3-5

Posted June 6, 2011 by Mitch Metcalf

>The past week (seven days ending Sunday) came in up 25% versus last year’s comparable week.  Year-to-date box office is now down 7% versus last year (an improvement of two percentage points from last week).    The Past Week: Total Box Office Volume All films in wide release playing between May 30 and June 5 […]

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2013 International Box Office through January 12

Posted January 12, 2014 by Mitch Metcalf

International box office for 2013 releases through January 12, 2014. Click here for a summary of worldwide performance by studio. We will start tracking the 2014 films in a few weeks.

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Project Nim”

Posted July 18, 2011 by Mitch Salem

  PROJECT NIM:  Worth A Ticket – If You Can Stand It   At first I wondered why on earth Fox Searchlight hadn’t grabbed James Marsh’s documentary PROJECT NIM at Sundance, to serve as an unofficial prequel to Big Fox’s release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes next month.  It seemed like a […]

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Year to Date Box Office & Worldwide Studio Scorecard

Posted September 1, 2013 by Mitch Metcalf

STUDIO SCORECARD. The worldwide studio rankings for 2013 to date remain the same as last week’s. Reminder: the chart below has been reformatted and expanded to include a look at all releases from each studio, divided into three buckets: worldwide grosses of over $300 million, grosses between $100 million and $299 million, and films under […]

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WEEKEND STUDIO ESTIMATES September 9-11

Posted September 11, 2011 by Mitch Metcalf

>Based on Friday and Saturday box office (and estimated Sunday numbers), Contagion is #1 and is headed for a final of about $74 million.  The other openers were either quiet or stillborn.  The Help, now #2, nonetheless has been upgraded to a domestic final estimate of $174 million.  The weekend overall is now looking like it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY’s State of the Studio: Paramount

Posted July 16, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Our summertime look at the health of Hollywood’s studios continues.  We’ve already examined Disney and Warner Bros, and today Paramount is in our viewfinder. Since getting out of both the Marvel and the DreamWorks Animation business, Paramount has been sedate, even sedentary, with the quietest summer of any studio.  Management has been fairly stable, […]

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