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    Posted: September 05 2013 at 11:34am
SEPTEMBER 6th B.O. UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times Movie Projector column is predicting that Vin Diesel's third go-round as RIDDICK will come in somewhere between $20 million (Universal's "let's-lower-expectations" guess-timate) and a high-end potential of over $30m. They apparently consider the potential of our top Worst of the Weak pick WINNIE MANDELA to be so minimal its wasn't even worth mentioning.

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END of SUMMER UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: Box Office MoJo (our favorite site for All Things B.O.) has compiled a list of Summer 2013's Winners & Losers. Being the RAZZIES®, we don't give a you-know-what about their list of Winners -- But here's the LINK to check out what MoJo is calling The Biggest Losers (Hint: Topping the List is a movie featuring Johnny Depp with a dead bird on his head)... 


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SEPT. 13th BOX OFFICE UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: Today's L.A. Times' Movie Projector column suggests that the ploy of opening INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 on Friday the 13th may pay off for the film's distributors -- They're surmising that the $5 million spookfest will take the top spot at the box office (with a frighteningly impressive potential take of $35 million). But they also foresee Robert deNiro in THE FAMILY (which has been getting poor reviews at Rotten Tomatoes) taking in a less impressive $13 million (or less). 

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There has been a lot of talk about INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED. Despite being a movie in Spanish (and mixed reviews), it's currently #3 at the box office.
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SEPT. 20th BOX OFFICE UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times "Movie Projector" column has posted, and they're predicting the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhall kidnapping thriller PRISONERS (RT LINK) will take the top spot with about $20 million. They're also concurring with our choice of BATTLE OF THE YEAR as the Worst of the Weak (Forum LINK) and pegging its likely opening gross at a club-footed $5 million (or less).

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SEPT. 27 B.O. UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times / Movie Projector column predicts CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (LINK) to be the weekend's #1 new title, with an estimated gross between $30 million (the studio's guess) and $45m (the Times' prediction). They also have both the sexy comedy DON JON (R.T. LINK) and our Worst of the Weak pick BAGGAGE CLAIM (Forum LINK) in a virtual dead heat (and further down the chart) with debuts of about $9 million apiece. 

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OCT. 4th B.O. UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: The L.A. Times' Movie Projector column has posted, and their pick for #1 this weekend is no surprise: 2-time Oscar winner George Clooney and Oscar/RAZZIE draling Sandra Bullock in the stranded in space drama GRAVITY (which has a stunning 98% Positive RT Rating). They predict it could top $45 million (from what we're hearing, that number may be on the low end). They're also endorsing our choice as Worst of the Weak, suggesting RUNNER, RUNNER will take in a "lackluster" $10 million or so. 

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UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: Today's L.A. Times features an article admitting that the art of "tracking" -- Predicting a film's opening gross before it's been released -- is "broken." In other words, the folks who prognosticate each week's box office results often have no idea whether what they're saying will be accurate or not. And the misfires are usually predictions that are too high rather than too low. Among the 2013 titles they "mis-over-estimated" are potential RAZZIE® nominees LONE RANGER and HANGOVER III.

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OCT. 11th B.O. UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: More bad news for Tom Hanks, whose career has not been smooth sailing of late -- Hanks' debuting high seas/modern pirate drama CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is predicted in the L.A. Times' Movie Projector column to fall short of second weekend grosses for Fall's first monster hit, GRAVITY. Though PHILLIPS' opening numbers are expected to approach a respectable $20 million, momentum and excellent word-of-mouth on the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney stranded-in-space film suggest it could have a minimal a drop-off as low as 20% (meaning it could take in another $40 million or more) and it is thus likely to surpass $100 million by end-of-business Sunday.


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OCT. 18th B.O. UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times Movie Projector column has posted, and they're suggesting the CARRIE remake (which Oiram has been prompting us to start a Forum for) has a shot at dethroning the two-week reign of GRAVITY atop the box office chart. The Times' Amy Kaufman sees GRAVITY taking in something around (and maybe over) $30 million for its third orbit, while industry predictions for CARRIE also see it going as high as $35 (the studio releasing it, however, is hedging its bets by projecting an opening closer to $20m). They're also expecting our Worst of the Weak pick ESCAPE PLAN (Forum Info Page LINK) to open poorly, in the $10-$12 million range, and they have the highly-touted (but not well-reviewed) FIFTH ESTATE coming in even lower on their chart. 

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NOV. 8th BOX OFFICE UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times Movie Projector column has posted and, to no one's surprise, they've pre-anointed THOR: THE DARK WORLD as the weekend's likely #1 title. Their only question: Will it come in above or below $100 million? Hoping to avoid the embarrassment of falling short of any predicted number, Diz-Knee and Marvel are both down-playing prospects for the $175 million sequel, but word-of-mouth and audience anticipation may overcome the less than ecstatic reviews this second film has gotten at Rotten Tomatoes (LINK) and propel the film to one of 2013's biggest opening rounds at the box office.

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NOV. 8th BOX OFFICE UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times Movie Projector column has posted, and they have THOR: THE DARK WORLD going a second round as #1 but, to our surprise, they're predicting our Least Original Movie of the Weak pick BEST MAN HOLIDAY to have a healthy opening weekend, perhaps winding up as high as $23 million (though they point out that the similarly-themed BAGGAGE CLAIM, released in September, made less than $22 million in its entire run). 

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NOV. 22nd BOX OFFICE UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: Everyone knows the opening numbers on the second HUNGER GAMES movie CATCHING FIRE will be huge...but just how huge? According to the Los Angeles Times' Movie Projector, it should land North of $150 million, and may go as high as $180 (which would put it among 2013's biggest opening weekends). The only other new title going wide this weekend, Vince Vaughn in DELIVERY MAN, isn't expected to catch fire -- It's projected to wind up with about $12-15 million (not bad for a movie getting 2-to-1 negative numbers at Rotten Tomatoes).  

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DEC. 6th BOX OFFICE UP-DATE from Head RAZZberry: This week's L.A. Times Movie Projector column is predicting a neck-and-neck race for first place between current champion HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and Dizz-Knee's latest animated hit, FROZEN. The Times sees each of them possibly topping $35 million, but gives HUNGER a slight edge for the top spot. They don't see the apparently failed Oscar darling OUT OF THE FURNACE, the only title going wide this week, as offering much competition.

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YEAR-END UPDATE from Head RAZZberry: A front page article in today's L.A. Times claims 2013 was Hollywood's "biggest box office year yet," and that this year's movies got greater critical acclaim than in years past. But if you read below the headline and first paragraph, you'll see that the "biggest box office" margin is a tiny one, and that, despite many an indie release getting critical  praise, far more of the big budget tent-pole movies this year were savaged by critics and abandoned by audiences. But its typical of The Times, which considers itself the "hometown paper of Hollywood," to put such a rosy face on things. 

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