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Sundance: How are the big films of 2012's drama competition faring at the box office?

As this year’s Sundance Film Festival winds down, there’s a collection of stand-outs, films that have already sparked bidding wars among distributors and are gaining buzz that filmmakers hope turns into success beyond the festival.

But where are the films that were in the midst of this festival frenzy a year ago? Now that 13 of the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition have opened in theaters nationwide, they yield a list that’s mainly box office duds, but there was one movie that had plenty of life in it post-Sundance — the acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Madagascar 3' roars with $60.4 million debut, holding 'Prometheus' at No. 2

Six weeks ago, The Avengers entered theaters and blew everyone’s expectations out of the water with its record-breaking $207.4 million debut.

In the weeks that followed, though, the box office fell into a bit of a slump. Expensive tentpoles like Battleship and Dark Shadows outright bombed, while major studio fare like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Dictator underperformed, and even Men In Black 3‘s number one opening felt weak given its predecessors’ strength.

Last weekend, Snow White and the Hunstman exceeded industry expectations, giving Hollywood hope that summer 2012 might live up to the hype that The Avengers had suggested. This weekend, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and and Prometheus continued to ease any fears that the box office was in trouble with robust debuts in first and second place, respectively. These hefty starts helped the Top 10 films gross $169.6 million, up a whopping 30 percent over the same weekend in 2011, when Super 8 topped the chart. READ FULL STORY

Find This Movie: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' wants you to go back in time -- and bring weapons

There are lots of great indie movies out there, but few have the marketing budgets to compete for attention alongside gargantuan studio releases. This is the first in an EW series highlighting the weird, wonderful world of those smaller films worth seeking out.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Stars: Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Mark Duplass (The League, Humpday), Jake Johnson (New Girl, Paper Heart)

Filmmakers: Colin Trevorrow, director; Derek Connolly, screenwriter.

Release: June 8 — New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, expanding wider on June 15 and 22. Full listings here.

Story: Plaza and Johnson play two snarky magazine writers (is there any other kind?) who investigate the origins of a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. They uncover the sweet, intense, and paranoid grocery store worker Duplass, who is convinced he holds the secret to going back in time, and hopes to rectify past mistakes. Also, he’s bringing weapons. (Those traveling with him need to bring their own.) READ FULL STORY

'Safety Not Guaranteed' trailer: Aubrey Plaza has feelings!

Comedy lovers know Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, the Pawnee Parks Department’s eye-roller-in-chief. But in the Sundance darling Safety Not Guaranteed, Plaza gets a chance to exercise her acting muscles by playing a character who feels things. You know, in between deadpan stares and bouts of sarcasm.

Plaza stars as a magazine intern investigating the man behind a strange classified ad. (“Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke.”) Though she initially approaches her subject (Mark Duplass) with skepticism, Plaza’s character finds herself drawn to him — and, what’s more, she starts to believe that his insane claims might be true.

The movie also features Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, and New Girl‘s Jake Johnson as Plaza’s coworker. Check out the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

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