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Weekend Box Office: ‘Divergent’ separates self from pack


While she was no Bella or Katniss, Divergent’s Tris Prior managed her debut just fine. The latest young adult fantasy adaptation from Lionsgate, Divergent, opened to a commendable $54.6M over the weekend.  While that’s lower than Twilight’s $69.6M and nowhere near The Hunger Games’ record-breaking $152.5M opening in 2012, it’s still a great launch for […]

Family films suffer during the holidays


Movie theaters have hosted many record-breaking blockbusters this holiday season – the most notable being Breaking Dawn II and Skyfall. The Twilight finale was number one its premiere weekend and grossed $43.6 million. Skyfall, thanks to a $50.5 million five-day gross and a $221.1 million total, is not only the highest grossing of the franchise, […]

2012 Oscar season disappoints in best original song category


In a year where the nominations for best picture range from the feel-good The Help to the philosophical Tree of Life, the nominations for best original song remain disappointingly shallow. For the 84th Academy Awards, only two songs were nominated for the category: Rio’s “Real in Rios” and The Muppet’s “Man or Muppet.” It’s not […]