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'Focus' leads the pack but it was a weak win

The movie box office surely took a break this weekend. Whether that is award season fatigue or simply a normal breather could both be true.

2015 Oscars: 'Birdman' nabs Best Picture

UPDATE: "Birdman" has won the Oscar for Best Picture and put it on the same path as Best Director this year. That hasn't happened for the last two years. "Birdman" marked another recent win for a movie about show business.

'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.

'Ouija' summons up a win

A movie based on a board game took over the box office with an estimated $19.8 million. It provided movie-goers with the Halloween flavor as the holiday approaches.

Labor Day: Newcomers not likely to unseat 'Guardians'

The summer movie season is about to end for Hollywood and it seems like they are taking Labor Day off as well. Not to mention, most of September, too.

'Apes' outplays 'The Purge' and takes down 'Planes'

It was a repeat performance for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" as it wins the box office race. It held off three new wide releases as the turnstiles continue on a slow pace.

'Transformers 4' takes down 'Tammy'

Usually a holiday box office is something to get excited about. However, when that holiday falls on a Friday like the Fourth of July did, not so much.

Golden Globes: 'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' top field

Beverly Hills - The Golden Globes are the party and the Oscars are business. Or so some say and want to think. Actually, the Oscars are both.

Governors Awards handed out in Hollywood

A private and non-televised event kicked off the Oscar season as the Governors Awards were handed out in Hollywood Nov. 16.

Slow weekend gives 'Pain and Gain' a win; 'The Big Wedding' bombs

Slow is the appropriate word for the box office as the winner could only muster $20 million. Not only that no one seemed to want to attend a wedding, either.

'Warm Bodies' wins but Sly Stallone shoots blanks

"Warm Bodies" did attempt to heat up the box office in what is usual a weak weekend since the Super Bowl takes center stage.

Op-Ed: 'Silver Linings Playbook' gets this vote for top film

There is a method to the madness. And this is one. As the business of show wrapped for 2012, it was indeed a record year.

What Hollywood needs is an October surprise at the box office

This is the weekend to look for legs, as in, does "Trouble With the Curve" have any? With baseball movies and many films from Clint Eastwood, they build over time.

Will audiences throw a curve by going to see Clint Eastwood?

Talk about throwing a curve this weekend at the box office. Enter Clint Eastwood. Life is all about timing and this weekend "Trouble With the Curve" opens and it is the widest new release scheduled.

'Nemo' looks to find an audience as box office still slumping

After weeks of dismal box office returns, can audiences find their way back to theaters this weekend? Can a retread, laced up with 3D, help them find the way? OK, one more. Will "Finding Nemo 3D" be the film that does it?

Update: Hollywood gives up on Labor Day box office

When a holiday weekend approaches, the box office numbers game means adding another roundup to the mix. First, take the three day total, report, and then add in the Monday, report again.

Batman makes $30.6 million at midnight; will studio pull film?

FINAL UPDATE: Actuals released and before the shootings, studios were looking at up to $175 million, but truth is, event did not keep people home. Box office total is $160.8 million and third best opening ever. And the best 2D opening ever.

Report says movie studios take a hit from home video rentals

In 2011, for the first time since 1998, home video rental spending surpassed home video sales. That may sound like a trend the major studios can live with, but not so fast, says a new report.

'Idol's' Bowersox claims Seacrest 'Betrayed' her

American Idol's Crystal Bowersox has come forward and is claiming that host Ryan Seacrest took advantage of a tender, soft moment and used it for show ratings.

Have you experienced Murphy's Law?

There's a rule in the entertainment business: the show must go on! But there's another rule always ready to get in the way of the first rule: Murphy's Law.

Book offers insight into Variety, the racy 'showbiz' paper

New York (dpa) - "Inside Variety", a history of the racy newspaper that influenced America's show business, set critical standards and coined new words for the English language has been launched at New York's renowned Gotham Book Mart in central Man...

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