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“TAKEN 3” TAKES FIRST AT WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

January 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Defying a universally hostile critical reception and predictions of disappointing ticket sales, the Liam Neesen thriller Taken 3 debuted with an estimated weekend gross of $40.4 million. While that number came in below the $49 million for the opening of Taken 2 in 2012, it was well above the $28-32 million that many pundits predicted […]

“HOBBIT” HABIT LIKELY TO END THIS WEEKEND

January 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This is the weekend when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which has topped the box office for the past three weeks, will be overtaken by Taken 3, box office pundits predict. The final installment of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings franchise is also expected to fall short of ticket sales for […]

DEADLY ATTACK AT PARIS SATIRICAL WEEKLY

January 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At least 12 people have been killed at the Parisian satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which once published a cartoon lampooning the prophet Mohammad. The two masked gunmen escaped. The Associated Press via the Boston Herald: 12 Dead in Attack on Paris Newspaper; France Goes On Alert The Hollywood Reporter: Paris Terrorist Attack Leads News Coverage […]

PRODUCERS GUILD — BEST PREDICTOR OF OSCAR WINNER — ANNOUNCES NOMINEES

January 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Producers Guild of America, which has correctly predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for the past six years in row and 17 of the last 24 years, announced the nominees for its annual PGA Award on Monday. There were several surprises. The Guardian: “Boyhood” and “Birdman” Soar into PGA Nominations as “Selma” […]

THIRD PART OF “HOBBIT” TRILOGY IS TOPS FOR THIRD WEEK

January 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For the third week in a row, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has captured first place, adding an estimated $21.9 million to its domestic haul, bringing it to $220 million, and pushing its worldwide gross to $722 million. Once again Disney’s Into the Woods and Universal’s Unbroken battled it out […]

BOX OFFICE DOWN 5.2% FROM LAST YEAR

January 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With several potentially huge blockbusters pulled off the 2014 release schedule so that they could be tweaked, the box office ended the year down $600 million from 2013 — or off 5.2 percent to $10.3 billion. Some analysts argued that if those films had been released on time, they would have boosted the box office […]

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