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Box office report: 'Argo' claims No. 1 with $12.4 million; 'Skyfall' scores $77.7 million overseas

Ben Affleck’s C.I.A. thriller Argo is having quite the box office run.

After debuting at number two with $19.5 million, Warner Bros.’ Oscar contender dropped by just 16 percent last weekend to $16.4 million. This weekend, the film notched yet another impressive achievement: it climbed to number one with an estimated $12.4 million (a 25 percent drop) in its third frame, becoming the first film since True Grit to hop to first place in its third weekend.

Argo, which cost $45 million to make, has now earned $60.8 million total, and thanks to terrific word-of-mouth (the film earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade) and early awards buzz, Argo is eyeing a $100 million finish. Though it is running a tad behind Affleck’s last directorial effort, The Town, which had earned $64.1 million at the same point in its run en route to a $92.2 million finish, Argo is enjoying much better week-to-week holds. (The Town, which opened higher Argo with $23.8 million, fell 38 percent to $9.7 million in its third weekend.) READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Argo' climbs to No. 1 with $4 million on Friday as new releases sputter

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Thanks to a weak field of newcomers, Ben Affleck’s Oscar contender Argo led the box office on Friday, the first day of its third weekend.

The Warner Bros. thriller dropped by a slim 21 percent from last Friday, and it now looks headed for about $13 million and its first weekend win, which I predicted heading into the frame. Notably, Sunday show times may be affected by weary East coast ticket buyers who don’t want to venture into the real world on the eve of Frankenstorm, but we’ll have to wait and see if the inclement weather has any real effect. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Silent Hill' and 'Cloud Atlas' 'Argo'-ing to have trouble topping the Ben Affleck thriller

It’s a three-horse race for the number one spot at the box office this weekend.

Two new wide releases, videogame/horror title Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and heady drama Cloud Atlas, are both hoping for robust debuts, yet Argo, the three week old Ben Affleck drama, may have the best chance at winning the slow October frame. Here’s how the weekend might play out:

1. Argo – $13.5 million

The Ben Affleck-directed Oscar contender fell only 15 percent in its second weekend — a sure sign that the film, which earned an “A+” CinemaScore grade, is benefiting from terrific word-of-mouth. Though Paranormal Activity 4 opened ahead of Argo last weekend, the film took over the top spot on Wednesday, and it may stay there this weekend. Another 15-20 percent drop would give Argo about $13.5 million for the weekend and $62 million total. READ FULL STORY

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