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Fox acquires rights to Boston Marathon bombing drama

Though The Newsroom covered the story earlier this month, 20th Century Fox is moving forward with its own representation of the Boston Marathon bombing.


Box office report: 'Act of Valor' SEALs the deal with $24.7 million; 'Tyler Perry's Good Deeds' at No. 2


Patriotism ruled at the box office this weekend, as the Navy SEAL action film, Act of Valor, scored a big victory with $24.7 million.

Relativity acquired the military movie (which was independently financed by the Bandito brothers for $12 million) for just $13 million and then spent another $30 million promoting it — a large percentage of which paid for four Super Bowl spots — and their gamble has paid off in a big way. Relativity successfully captured their target audience of males 18-54 by campaigning to gamers, ethnic audiences, sports fans, country music fans, military, and the faith community. Crowds were 71 percent male, while 60 percent of audiences were above the age of 25. Act of Valor earned an “A” CinemaScore grade, meaning it may thrive at the box office for weeks to come. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Act of Valor' snipes 'Good Deeds' on Friday with $9.1 million; 'Gone', 'Wanderlust' flop


Tyler Perry’s magic touch is proving to be a little less magic for his latest release Good Deeds, which was expected to top the box office this weekend. Instead, Navy SEAL action film Act of Valor is headed to an easy win over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Act of Valor shot up a great $9.1 million on Friday, which should lead the film to a $25 million weekend and an easy number one position. The film which, audiences issued an “A” CinemaScore grade, should prove to be a big win for Relativity. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, meanwhile, got off to a more sluggish start. The film pulled in a weaker-than-expected $5.5 million, and may gross about $15 million by Sunday night.

The weekend’s other two new releases, Wanderlust and Gone, fared much, much worse, grossing just $2.2. million and $1.7 million, respectively. Wanderlust may wander to the $6 million mark this frame, while thriller Gone will earn a not-so-thrilling $5 million. Holdovers Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, The Vow, and Safe House, in their third weekends, will all just about double these grosses.

1. Act of Valor – $9.1 million
2. Good Deeds – $5.5 million
3. The Vow – $3.3 million
4. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $3.2 million
5. Safe House – $3.1 million

Check back tomorrow for the full weekend report.

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Box office preview: 'Tyler Perry's Good Deeds' and 'Act of Valor' head into battle

Thanks to the arrival of four new movies — Act of Valor, Gone, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, and Wanderlust — and some strong holdovers, the box office should maintain a healthy amount of depth this weekend, with many of grosses in the $10-20 million range. Still, we’re probably not looking at another frame like two weeks ago, when The Vow and Safe House both shattered industry expectations.

Which films will be on top, and which will more likely flop? Read on for my box office predictions: READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Safe House' climbs into first place with $24 million, 'Ghost Rider' crashes and burns

President’s Day weekend proved to be another strong one at the box office. In its second weekend in theaters, Safe House, an action thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, climbed past last weekend’s victor The Vow and topped the box office chart. Meanwhile, newcomers Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, This Means War, and The Secret World of Arrietty didn’t make a big dent on the chart, but they still contributed to a very sold frame overall. Here’s how the weekend played out: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Vow' scores $7.4 million on Friday, holds off 'Ghost Rider' and 'This Means War'

After its remarkable first week at the box office, The Vow looks like it’s headed for another weekend win. The romantic drama, which stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, is exhibiting major legs, despite its overwhelmingly poor reviews. The Vow smooched up $7.4 million yesterday, and looks headed for a four-day take above $30 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' declares 'War' against 'The Vow'

After last weekend’s record-breaking pre-Valentine’s Day frame, Hollywood is feeling hopeful about box office prospects during the upcoming holiday weekend, which will include four days of box office receipts. We’re likely headed another frame of four $20+ million grosses — possibly even five!

Three new movies are hitting theaters — action sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, romantic comedy This Means War, and animated import The Secret World of Arrietty — but The Vow won’t relinquish the top spot so easily. Here are my predictions for the four day holiday weekend: READ FULL STORY

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