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Friday Box Office: “The Watch” and “Step Up: Revolutions” among summer’s biggest bombs

Despite the general feeling among prognosticators that “The Dark Knight Rises” could suffer a less-than-standard second-weekend drop due to the fearful, Aurora-related feelings that plagued the multiplex during its first weekend, the Batman finale ended up falling even more than the genre norm. At this point, it’s safe to say that there is no way …

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Friday Box Office: Fourth “Ice Age” fails to match up to predecessors

Despite a stunning start overseas, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” could not live up to the box office standard set by its predecessors on Friday, opening to an OK-but-unimpressive $16.5m. That’s barely more than the original’s $13.5m, but keep in mind that the original opened in March, when kids were in school for Friday matinees. But …

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Friday Box Office: “Amazing Spider-Man” slings to victory

As expected, “The Amazing Spider-Man” came in at #1 on Friday, continuing to do healthy business after a robust Tuesday opening. The movie is not quite performing up to par with previous superhero phenomenons (Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man” trilogy included), but it’s doing fine business. It may prove to be the latest “3-D killer,” however, …

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Friday Box Office: “Ted” and “Magic Mike” exceed all expectations

Many agreed that the box office numbers for “Ted” and “Magic Mike” would be big, but nobody anticipated that they would be this big. Between those two movies, plus “Madea’s Witness Protection,” there were just as many sell-outs at megaplexes last night (if not more) than there will be when “The Amazing Spider-Man” opens on Tuesday. …

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Friday Box Office: “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy” bomb

The opening Friday grosses for Tom Cruise’s “Rock of Ages” and Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy” were atrocious. Embarrassing. Disastrous. Dismal. You pick the catastrophic adjective and it applies. The former has some chance of garnering positive word-of-mouth and rebounding throughout the course of its run, but the latter will undoubtedly go down as one …

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Friday Box Office: Openers disappoint, Marigold grows, Avengers dominates – what else is new?

Boy, am I getting tired of having to report that The Avengers has once again taken the #1 spot at the North American box office! Are moviegoers ever going to stop flocking to the Marvel juggernaut? All three new openers got crushed; Battleship sunk, The Dictator fell, and What to Expect… over-expected. In fact, the only movie really worth …

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Friday Box Office: Avengers consistent, Dark Shadows disappoints, Girl in Progress surprises

It would be appropriate to begin this post with another photo of The Avengers, which trounced all competition at the box office again yesterday, but frankly, I’m tired of heading posts with photos of The Avengers. By now, everyone’s aware of the record-breaking going on. Instead, I’m highlighting Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes, which yesterday, out …

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Friday Box Office: The Avengers on pace to break all-time opening weekend record

As everyone expected, yesterday was an Avengers blowout at the box office. But what few predicted (I didn’t) was that the Marvel Comics adaptation could achieve the biggest opening weekend of all-time. That’s almost certainly going to happen now. With a Friday gross of $80.5 million and a likely first weekend of $180 million–over $10 million …

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Friday Box Office: Five-Year Engagement a non-starter, Think Like a Man remains juggernaut

The box office may have been cooking last weekend, but it appears that the kitchen is now closed. Last week’s big winner Think Like a Man reclaimed the #1 spot, trouncing the competition from four new films, including the Jason Segel/Emily Blunt rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, which I had pegged to gross a strong $26 million …

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Friday Box Office: Think Like a Man big winner

Just as I predicted in this weekend’s Box Office Beat, Think Like a Man, the African-American targeted rom-com based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling self-help book, was a surprise #1, exceeding almost everybody’s expectations (including the studio’s). What even I failed to foresee, however, is that the film would amass over $12 million on opening day …

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