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HOME VIDEO GOES FROM VCR TO DVD TO BLU-RAY TO CLOUD

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent effort to spur the transition from physical-disc to cloud-based distribution, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment said on Tuesday that it is releasing the hit action film Taken 2 for downloading or streaming on its Digital HD platform nearly a month before its release in stores on January 15. Priced at around $15, […]

MOVIEGOERS GO BACK TO THE MOVIES

November 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers along the East Coast, after battling Hurricane Sandy a week earlier, returned to theaters in droves over the weekend, pushing the box office up 53 percent above the previous week. It was up 20 percent above the comparable weekend a year ago, when Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots led with $33.1 million. Heading the […]

TAKEN 2 TAKES DOWN ARGO (Updated)

October 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Taken 2, starring Liam Neeson, held off a strong challenge from Ben Affleck’s Argo to remain at the top of the box office for the second week in a row. The 20th Century Fox thriller brought in an estimated $22.5 million in its second week, down 54 percent from its opening. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. figured […]

TAKEN 2 EXPECTED TO OVERTAKE NEW RIVALS

October 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Five new films are being given wide releases this weekend, but many box office pundits are predicting that it will be last weekend’s winner, Taken 2, that will take the No. 1 spot when ticket sales are tallied. Hedging their bets a bit, however, they’re saying that the outcome is likely to be close. If […]

TAKEN 2 PRODUCES NEAR-RECORD TAKE

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox’s Taken 2 had a terrific take at the box office over the weekend. Final figures indicate that the film earned $49.51 million — twice what the original did ($24.7 million). It was the third-best October opening ever, behind only Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million) and Jackass 3D ($50.4 million).The solid showing came […]

FINAL BOX OFFICE FIGURES OCT. 5-7

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Taken 2, Fox, $49,514,769, (New); 2. Hotel Transylvania, Sony/Columbia, $27,053,395, 2 Wks. ($76,711,927); 3. Pitch Perfect, Universal, $14,846,830, 2 Wks. ($21,693,038); 4. Looper, Sony/Tristar/Film District, $12,116,001, 2 Wks. ($40,216,652); 5. […]

TAKEN 2 TAKES FIRST PLACE AT BOX OFFICE WITH $50M

October 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Demonstrating once again that reviews and box office have little in common, Taken 2, which was clobbered by most critics, wound up with around $50 million, making it the third-highest October money maker in history, behind Paranormal Activity 3 ($52.6 million) and Jackass 3-D ($50.4 million) — neither of which charmed critics, either. At the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TAKEN

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Most critics are clearly not taken with Taken 2. Some, in fact, are downright derisive. “There’s no need to wait for the “Mad” magazine parody of Taken 2, writes Peter Howell in the Toronto Globe and Mail. “It’s already hilariously up there on the screen.” Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe is a little kinder, […]