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'Focus' will take over as box office slows down

It is now time for the box office to focus once again as the Oscars are over. "Focus" will take down "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' falls hard but still wins

With all eyes on the Academy Awards, there is still box office news and a movie that made all the headlines when it was being released, fell hard.

'Shades' to secure top spot as Oscars set to take over spotlight

It is Oscar weekend and the box office tends to take a back seat, but the business of show goes on. That means more ways than one, too.

'American Sniper' is box office winner for Oscar-nominated films

A box office total for a movie has nothing to do with its chance for Oscar glory. If it did, "American Sniper" would be the favorite.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' owns the holiday weekend box office

UPDATE: It is a holiday weekend in the states and it now looks like a solid score for "Fifty Shades of Grey." It appears to have grabbed more box office cash and will be the February record-holder.

'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water' soaks up an easy win

A sponge soaked up a box office win in style as it soared with an estimated $55.37 million. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water" took out "American Sniper," which was still solid in second.

Directors boost 'Birdman' as Alejandro Inarritu wins

"Birdman" gets a hearty boost as Alejandro Inarritu wins the Directors Guild of America award last night (Feb. 7). It is now the Oscar front-runner as the directors are a good indicator of what is to come.

'SpongeBob' squeezes in while '50 Shades of Grey' grabs spotlight

A sponge will unseat a sniper at the box office this weekend. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" will settle at the top as "American Sniper" will still be making those headlines.

'Sniper' outguns the field for its third win in a row

UPDATE: As noted below, the actual box office figures would need another look over a weekend like this past one. It is now certain that "American Sniper" took in less than the estimate and is not the record for Super Bowl weekend.

'American Sniper' to win again as it sets domestic war movie mark

Not only will "American Sniper" win for the third week in a row, it is now the highest-grossing war movie of all-time, domestically. It has passed "Saving Private Ryan."

Oscars: Levine, Common, Legend to perform

Beverly Hills - UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song at this year's show. The show is Feb. 22.

SAG Awards: 'Birdman' wins top movie prize

Los Angeles - UPDATE: "Birdman" took home the top prize as The Screen Actors Guild Awards wrapped up in Los Angeles tonight (Jan. 25). Michael Keaton, who had just lost the actor prize, was on stage to accept the "Birdman" award.

'Sniper' still solid as it wins again; Depp takes a dive

"American Sniper" played much bigger than expectations once again as it easily retains its box office crown.The estimate take for its second wide release weekend is $64.37 million. Going in, that figure was looking at around $40-50 million.

Producers pick 'Birdman'

"Birdman" just hauled in the top prize from the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and adds more drama to an uncertain Best Picture Oscar race. Both "Boyhood" and "Birdman" have been battling it out during award season.

'American Sniper' sets its sights on another win

UPDATE: "American Sniper" is beating expectations once again and will likely end around $60 million for the weekend. It has struck a cord with the public and will stay strong.

Big box office boost for 'American Sniper'

UPDATE: It looks like the movie that gained greater on the Martin Luther King Jr holiday was "American Sniper" and not "Selma." Add $2 million more to "American Sniper" as it beat expectations all weekend long.

'American Sniper' to get a box office boost

The box office will get a boost by the recent Oscar nominations, but how much? For one film, probably a great deal. Overall, top film nominees are not big box office money-makers right now.

'Boyhood' takes top prize at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

UPDATE: "Boyhood" took home Best Picture as the Broadcast Film Critics handed out their awards tonight in Hollywood. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took home Best Comedy.

Directors Guild of America nominations offer an eye on Oscar?

A strong move on the way to Oscar glory comes through the Directors Guild of America (DGA). They announced their top five directors and Clint Eastwood is in, while Christopher Nolan is out.

'Taken 3' wins easily but box office slows down

UPDATE: As the actual box office numbers were tallied, "Taken 3" took in a bit less than was first noted. It is now the third-highest January opening ever, not the second.

'Taken 3' to win while 'Selma' enjoys expansion

There will be a new champ this weekend at the box office. Liam Neeson and his "Taken 3" will escape with a likely win. How much it takes in remains to be seen.

'Woman in Black 2' will not contend

There will not be a new winner at the box office as the first weekend of 2015 closes. A holdover in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" should once again emerge the victor.

Box office sinks in 2014

All is not well at the box office. As 2014 winds down, the movie box office will be off from last year. The real takeaway is that less people are seeing movies in theaters.

Final 'Hobbit' wins; 'The Interview' stalls over long holiday

One wouldn't know it from the hype, but "The Interview" was never going to challenge for the top spot at the Christmas holiday box office.

Final 'Hobbit' takes over easily while Sony issues play out

With the win for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is more than just being on top. It is also about the Sony hack.

Oscar foreign-language category is down to 9

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today (Dec. 19) announced the shortlist in the foreign-language film category.

MPAA: 'It is a despicable, criminal act'; Obama weighs in, too

In his last press conference of the year, President Obama said he wished Sony had not pulled "The Interview." He and his family head to Hawaii for a holiday break.

'Citizenfour' shortlisted for Oscar; 'The Interview' release idea

In the wake of the Sony hack, Edward Snowden and his perils have made the Oscar documentary shortlist. "Citzenfour" is among the list of 15, which will be down to five when nominations are announced in January.

Sony pulls 'The Interview' ahead of its Dec. 25 release

UPDATE: After theater chains started pulling "The Interview," it has been announced that Sony will do the same. Variety has noted that Sony stands behind the filmmakers, but still has decided to pull the film ahead of its Dec. 25 release.

'Birdman' soars to 13 Critics' Choice nods; 'Budapest' surprises

While "Birdman" leads the way for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with 13 nominations, it is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" that surprises with 11 nods.
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