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New IMAX Record Set by “Harry Potter 5” September 6, 2007 8:50 pm

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The fifth installment in th Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is now the highest grossing live-action Hollywood IMAX release, raking in more than $35 million from 143 IMAX screens worldwide.

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Weekend Box Office — August 31-September 2, 2007 + Labor Day September 2, 2007 6:16 pm

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MGM (Weinstein)’s Halloween scared audiences into the box office over the weekend, debuting in first place with a strong $26.36 million from 3,472 theaters. The Rob Zombie directed horror film, a pseudo remake of the 1978 John Carpenter classic, now holds the record for biggest opening in the series, ahead of 1998’s Halloween H20 ($16.19 million). Though critics and fans don’t seem enamored with the quality of the film, it certainly has done well at the box office, a fact I’m sure MGM (Weinstein) is quite pleased with.

It also now holds the record for biggest Labor Day weekend (Labor Day numbers are included below).

Year-to-year the top 10 box office was up by ­17.2%.

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“Halloween” Remake Brings Audiences to the Box Office September 1, 2007 8:40 pm

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MGM/Weinstein’s Halloween, a Rob Zombie remake of the hit 1978 horror film of the same name, debuted in a comfortable, and quite strong, first place with an estimated $10.95 million from 3,472 theaters.

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Weekend Box Office — August 24-26, 2007 August 26, 2007 9:32 pm

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Holdovers held off the new releases this weekend, with the top three paced by Superbad, which remained in first place for the second weekend. The hilarious comedy took in $18.04 million from 2,948 theaters (down 45.4%) and has grossed $68.62 million through 10 days of release. That’s more than three times the film’s budget ($20 million).

Superbad is the first film since Pirates of the Caribbean to hold the top spot for two weeks in a row.

Second place went to The Bourne Ultimatum. ‘Bourne’ continues to perform exceptionally well, dipping only 37.2% and improving one spot with $12.47 million from 3,778 theaters.

Year-to-year the top 10 box office was up by ­10.3%.

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New Releases Fall Short of “Superbad” and ‘Bourne’ August 25, 2007 8:52 pm

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Superbad remained in front on Friday, holding off several new releases and holdovers (and by a comfortable margin I might add) with an estimated $5.70 million from 2,948 theaters. The well-reviewed and highly recommended comedy has taken in an impressive $56.27 million through eight days of release, nearly two times its production budget ($30 million). (more…)

Weekend Box Office — August 17-19, 2007 August 19, 2007 8:27 pm

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Weekend Box Office — August 17-19, 2007 (Actuals)

Sony/Columbia’s Superbad opened as the weekends number one film with $33.05 million from 2,948 theaters. The comedy has already exceeded its production budget ($20 million), and is well on its way to profitability.

Rush Hour 3, as expected, took second place with $21.35 million from 3,778 theaters, off 56.5% from the week prior and pushing its domestic total to $87.68 million through 10 days of release.

Year-to-year the top 10 box office was up by ­27.2%.

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Great Start for “Superbad” August 18, 2007 10:08 pm

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Sony/Columbia’s Superbad, the latest comedy from Judd Apatow, opened in a strong first place position on Friday with an estimated $12.1 million from 2,948 theaters.

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“Transfomers” to be Rereleased [Update] August 17, 2007 9:36 pm

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ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com have learned that Paramount Pictures will be rereleasing their mega hit Transformers in IMAX theaters.

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Weekend Box Office — August 10-12, 2007 August 12, 2007 4:56 pm

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New Line Cinema’s Rush Hour 3 opened with a strong (though lower than the studio estimates) $49.1 million from 3,778 theaters. Though it’s an impressive tally, and well above the average mark for most comedies, it fell quite short of the $67.41 million taken in by 2001’s Rush Hour 2. Another thing hurting the films otherwise strong opening weekend, is its high budget of $140 million.

That left The Bourne Ultimatum in second place for the weekend with a fairly strong holdover performance from last weekend’s opening. The film took in $32.88 million from 3,686 theaters (+26), off 52.5%.

Year-to-year the top 10 box office was up by ­28.9%.

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“Rush Hour 3” Opens Ahead of Original, But Below #2 August 11, 2007 5:36 pm

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New Line Cinema’s contribution to the summer of threequals, Rush Hour 3 opened on Friday with an estimated $19.1 million from 3,778 theaters. The mark is way ahead of the originals $10 million opening day ($33 million opening weekend), but falls short of the $23.1 million taken in by 2001’s Rush Hour 2 ($67.41 million opening weekend).

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‘Bourne’ Takes Out Friday Box Office August 4, 2007 10:56 pm

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Universal’s The Bourne Ultimatum, the final film in the ‘Bourne’ trilogy, easily won the Friday box office as it took in an impressive (and franchise record) $24.5 million from 3,660 theaters on Friday.

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Weekend Box Office — July 27-29, 2007 July 29, 2007 10:51 pm

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Fox’s The Simpsons Movie did better than anyone could have possibly expected, pulling in an amazing $74.04 million from 3,922 theaters. The tally makes the movie the new record holder for best opening for a non-CGI animated film, eclipsing the $40.89 million taken in by 1994’s The Lion King. In terms of films adapted from a television show, it passed up Mission Impossible II, which had an opening of $57.85 million back in 2000.

Update: As you can see from the revised numbers, Fox underestimated the weekend gross of “The Simpsons Movie” as actuals increased by 3% or $2.19 million.

In second place for the weekend was last week’s #1 film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry which performed well with a drop of only 44.1% as it took in $19.13 million from 3,501 theaters ($71.68 million through 15 days of release).

Year-to-year, the box office top 10 was up a whopping 55.7%

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The Simpsons Movie Exceeds Expectations With Impressive Friday Box Office July 28, 2007 9:43 pm

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Fox’s The Simpsons Movie took in an impressive $29.1 million from 3,922 theaters on Friday, well exceeding expectations and most predictions for the film.

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Weekend Box Office — July 20-22, 2007 July 22, 2007 11:21 pm

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Universal’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry pulled in $34.23 million from 3,495 theaters, holding off last week’s #1 film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which dropped a significant 57.8% in its second week as it grossed $32.51 million from 4,285 theaters and fellow newcomer Hairspray which opened large on Friday before dipping on Saturday and Sunday, taking in $27.48 million from 3,121 theaters.

Year-to-year, the box office top 10 was up by a solid 4.5%

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Close Race On Top For Friday’s Box Office July 21, 2007 7:52 pm

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Universal’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry opened well with $12.4 million on Friday from 3,495 theaters based on estimates. It was just ahead of New Line’s Hairspray which was a close second with $11.2 million from 3,121, leaving

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in third place with a lower than expected $10.12 million from 4,285 theaters. All of this is pointing to what will turn out to be a close three-way race on top. (more…)

Weekend Box Office — July 13-15, 2007 July 15, 2007 6:32 pm

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Warner Bros.’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix remained strong through the weekend, adding $77.11 million from 4,285 theaters, pushing its domestic total to an impressive $139.72 million through five days of release.

In second place was last week’s number one film Transformers, which was able to buck the trend of 50%+ second weekends, dipping only 47.5%.

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July 13-15 Box Office Preview July 13, 2007 10:30 am

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Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will no doubt dominate the weekend. The other major question is how well Transformers will hold up in its second week after a very impressive first week/weekend and continued strong week day performances.

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Harry Potter Grabs $12 Million from Midnight Showings July 11, 2007 7:38 pm

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in an impressive $12 million from Tuesday night/Wednesday midnight showings.

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“Transformers” On Top: Weekend Box Office — July 6-8, 2007 July 8, 2007 11:54 am

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Paramount (DreamWorks)’s Transformers rolled over the competition this weekend, raking in $70.5 million from 4,011 theaters, pushing its domestic total past the $150 million mark and breaking a few records along the way.

In second place was last week’s number one film Ratatouille which had a modest drop of less than 40%.

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“Transformers” Passes $100 Million July 7, 2007 8:52 pm

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According to Friday estimates, the Dreamworks/Paramount picture Transformers took in $22.5 million from 4,011 theaters, pushing the Michael Bay directed film across the $100 million mark. It’s total domestic total now stands at an impressive $107.4 million as it heads into an expected $60 million plus weekend.

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July 6-8 Box Office Preview July 6, 2007 8:46 pm

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 With Transformers showing strong strength in its Monday night to Thursday numbers, the weekend is expected to be equally impressive.

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“Transformers” Opens Big, Breaks Record July 4, 2007 11:17 pm

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Dreamworks/Paramount‘s Transformers had a successful launch on Monday night and Tuesday, with the film raking in an impressive $36.65 million through 28 hours of release, breaking the record for Tuesday in the process.

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Weekend Box Office — June 29-July 1, 2007 July 1, 2007 6:46 pm

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Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille opened in first place for the weekend, but grossed a little below expectations. The film took in $47.03 million from 3,940 theaters. Cars, the studio’s last film, grossed $60.12 million when it opened last June. The film was expected to open at around $50-55 million.

In second place for the weekend was Fox’s Live Free or Die Hard. The film took in a solid $33.37 million from 3,408 theaters, bringing its three day gross to $48.40 million.

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Friday Goes To “Ratatouille”, ‘Die Hard’ Solid Second June 30, 2007 4:51 pm

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Based on estimates, Disney/Pixar’s latest film, Ratatouille, took in an impressive $16.6 million from 3,940 theaters to place ahead of FOX’s Live Free Or Die Hard, which in its third day, took in $10.6 million from 3,408 theaters.

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Disney/Pixar’s “Ratatouille” Opening June 29, 2007 5:01 pm

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This weekend will see two big films going up against each other, with Live Free or Die Hard (which opened on Wednesday) trying to hold off Ratatouille.

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