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Did you know The Rock has had a top ten movie for 15 straight weekends?

How’s your year going? Probably not as well as the Rock’s.

The wrestling star (and host of TNT’s The Hero, which premieres tomorrow night) is in the midst of an amazing box-office streak. He’s starred in four movies so far in 2013 — Snitch (Feb. 22), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 28), Pain and Gain (April 26), and Fast & Furious 6 (May 24) — and while they haven’t all been massive hits, three of them opened at No. 1. All together they’ve grossed over $937 million worldwide, giving the Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) some major box-office bragging rights.

“As you know, I’ve been around for some time now,” Johnson told EW recently. “This is my 12th and 13th year in the business. Building an empire was the goal.” And built an empire he has!

In fact, for the past 15 weekends — yes, since Feb. 22 — the Rock has had at least one movie in the Top 10 at the U.S. box office. And considering audiences’ enduring love of the Fast franchise, he’s got a few more weekends left before that streak ends, too. Here’s how it’s all worked out: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' blasts off with a $70.6 million weekend

The USS Enterprise picked up steam throughout the weekend, despite a somewhat unimpressive start. Early estimates show that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (CinemaScore: A) could bring in $70.6 million on the three-day weekend, and $84.1 million for the four and a half days that it has been open. Though nothing to scoff at, it’s still underperforming according to initial projections which hoped for a $100 million extended weekend and $80 million on the three-day.

The first Star Trek of the Abrams era opened in early May of 2009 and made an impressive $75.2 million on its first weekend out of the gates, without the benefit of 3-D surcharges. This newest film is showing in 336 IMAX 3-D theaters, whereas the first showed in 138 IMAX venues — accounting for $8.5 million in ticket sales on its first weekend. As we wrote about yesterday, the nature of Abrams’ four different directing projects makes him difficult to analyze in terms of pure box office numbers, so his Star Trek successes and potential will have to stand on its own. The first film stayed in theaters for 21 weeks, ultimately grossing $257.7 million for Paramount. READ FULL STORY

Hollywood having a 'ball' with previews at CinemaCon

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Hollywood is making the low-blow a higher art form.

That’s one way to look at the escalation of exotic testicle mayhem on the preview screens at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas convention where studios show theater exhibitors the next big thing in film entertainment.

Judging by the first two days of presentations, it’s clear that Hollywood will be keeping its eye on the ball through the end of 2014. Consider: READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay's 'Pain and Gain' gets April 26 release date -- POSTER

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Paramount has announced an April 26 release date for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, based on a 1999 Miami New Times story about bodybuilders who turn to kidnapping, torture, and murder. “I just love the characters,” Bay told Entertainment Weekly back in 2007. “It’s these guys that work in a gym, and nothing is good enough, do you know what I mean? The pump is not good enough. They are all looking for the American dream. They end up kidnapping. It’s like a mixture of Fargo and Pulp Fiction and it’s all true. And they’re all knuckleheads. It’s a fun character piece. No action. One car crash.”

Check out the poster below. READ FULL STORY

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