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Universal Ups Nicholas Carpou To President Of Domestic Distribution

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No surprise here: Universal Pictures has found its replacement for the retiring Nikki Rocco: As expected, 32-year company man Nicholas Carpou has been promoted to president of Domestic Distribution. The exec, who as co-president has been overseeing the company's theatrical sales in North America since 2011, will step into the new gig January 1. Rocco, a 47-year studio veteran of the studio who announced her retirement in April after 18 years in the top post, will segue to… Read

Int’l Box Office Update: ‘The Equalizer’ Clocks $19M In Debut; ‘Maze Runner’ Races To $92.3M; ‘Gone Girl’ On Deck; More

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Final UPDATE, 3:30 PM: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let's Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mu… Read

Box Office Final: ‘The Equalizer’ $34.1M; ‘Boxtrolls’ $17.2M For No. 3 Behind ‘Maze Runner’s $17.4M

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UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:44 PM: The Equalizer came in beneath Sony's estimates, bringing in $34.1 million for the three-day weekend, easily running over the other newcomer, the animated The Boxtrolls. However, the Denzel Washington film is likely to get side-swiped next weekend by the David Fincher-directed mystery thriller Gone Girl, which is already tracking well for an expected big weekend haul for Fox. Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, the Ben Affleck-starrer… Read

‘Skeleton Twins’ Robust In Specialty Box-Office Expansion; ‘Pride’ Solid In Debut

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Even with another flood of specialty film debuts, The Skeleton Twins, the dramedy starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, had another impressive box office showing in its third weekend. Meanwhile, another dozen films tried to elbow past last week's 14 newcomers and numerous others already in the market, to middling success among those reporting. Other than Twins, the holdovers that look like they're gaining some autumnal momentum include IFC Films' The Trip To Italy with Ste… Read

American Studios To American Audiences: Please Take A Seat … In The Way, Way Back

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The conventional wisdom in Hollywood long held that the foreign market had an insatiable appetite for American-made genre flicks — actioners, shoot-em-ups, special-effects spectacles, etc. Give the U.S. ticketbuyers what they want and global will fall in line. But with so many domestic releases getting yawns at the local box office, Hollywood has begun feeding the foreign maw first — with consequences we're only just beginning to understand. And so the question arises: Do… Read

Box Office Late Nights: ‘The Equalizer’ $1.45M On Way To Nice Weekend For Sony

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Sony and Denzel Washington's The Equalizer opened on 2,693 runs last night starting at 7 PM and took in about $1.45M. The best comp for this one is probably 2 Guns, which grossed about $1.27M at 8 PM screenings and ended up at $27M for the weekend. Another comp to look at is Liam Neeson's Non-Stop which — like the Denzel pic — also had higher female interest. That one grossed $720K in 1,928 late-night spots (725 fewer) and had a three-day weekend of $28.8M. The Equalizer… Read

Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

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Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist's life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January… Read

Box Office Preview: ‘The Equalizer’ Will Show Denzel Muscle; ‘The Boxtrolls’ A Welcome Family Entree

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Sony and Denzel Washington hope The Equalizer is the beginning of a franchise for them and it could very well be while the stop-motion 3-D animated film The Boxtrolls is a welcome family film during what has been a bit of a dry spell of animated fare so the kids should gobble this one up. It's going into a the second weekend of The Maze Runner but still these two pics should give a nice one-two punch. So let's analyze these two films. First of all, The Equalizer: The… Read

‘The Nut Job’ Uncovers Its $100M Worldwide Gross

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Every once in a while a little film comes along and just continues slow and steady and before you know it, out of nowhere it amasses $100M at the box office. The Nut Job, the 3D animated film marketed and distributed by Open Road Films domestically (with The Weinstein Co. handling international sales) has done just that. First, The Nut Job became the biggest box office opener ever for an indie animated feature when it opened to $19.4M earlier this year. And now, a nice… Read

‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ Becomes Top Grossing Korean Film In U.S.

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After taking South Korea by storm, The Admiral: Roaring Currents — the story about the real-life battle of Myeong-Nyang in 1597 when the Japanese invaded Korea — has broken an eight-year record to become the highest-grossing Korean-language film ever in North America. This comes after it whipped up 17M admissions to become the most-watched film of all time in South Korea, where it broke numerous box office records. To date, the period actioner has grossed $2.5M stateside… Read

‘Maze Runner’ Adds $38M Internationally With No. 1s In 50 Countries; ‘Apes’ Crosses $100M In China

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UPDATED, Monday, 12:47 PM: We have all 29 films' final totals updated so far, including this weekend's big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal's The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let's Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks' Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount's newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox's YA… Read

Box Office FINAL: ‘Maze Runner’ Finds $32.5M; Liam’s ‘Walk’ Limps In With $12.7M; ‘Where I Leave You,’ $11.5M

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FINAL UPDATE, Monday, 2:12 PM: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox's The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren't so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn't appeal to the female audience — that same demo which… Read

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