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March 21, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse uses just a pinch of cloves in the marinade for his Cajun deep-fried turkey. Ace pitcher Johan Santana fires his fastball at 94 mph, but he can fool batters into lunging haplessly at his 77-mph change-up. Media mogul Tyler Perry also understands the value of holding back. The independent filmmaker, who stunned Hollywood in 2005 with his first hit, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," starring himself in drag as the loud and proud Madea, has been careful not to saturate the market with his signature character.
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September 10, 2010 | Ben Fritz
On what's historically been the slowest weekend of the year at the box office, only one new movie will try to tempt audiences across the country. "Resident Evil: Afterlife" is the fourth entry in a series of consistently solid performers based on the horror video-game series. It's the only movie opening nationwide. In the past, the weekend after Labor Day frequently has produced the lowest box-office receipts of the entire year, according to data compiled by Hollywood.com.
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May 22, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Welcome to Hollywood's summer of sequels: Not the movies. The release dates. Steven Spielberg's “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” comes out Memorial Day weekend, just like the previous sequels to "Raiders of the Lost Ark." That follows the customary launch of the summer popcorn movie season on the first weekend in May with a movie adapted from one of Marvel's comic book superheroes. Pixar has grabbed the same weekend in late June. Will Smith is back on the Fourth of July weekend.
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September 26, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
The summer popcorn movie season ended weeks ago. Or did it? DreamWorks/Paramount's "Eagle Eye," a techno-thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, could reap the first opening-weekend gross above $30 million since early August, when "The Mummy: Curse of the Crystal Dragon Whatever" came out. Box-office revenue in the U.S. and Canada has been down for eight of the last nine weekends, but the PG-13-rated "Eagle Eye," opening at 3,510 theaters including 86...
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May 9, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
For “Iron Man,” the sequel is two years away. But the encore comes this weekend. After starting Hollywood's summer with a $98.6-million bang, the Marvel Studios' production should return to the top of the box-office heap with an additional $45 million or more in ticket sales this weekend. Until recently, Warner Bros.' family-friendly “Speed Racer” had been seen as a potential blockbuster, but the candy-colored, effects-driven adaptation of the 1960s Japanese cartoon show now looks more likely to become the summer's first major misfire.
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November 23, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Multiplexes will be stuffed with new family releases over the Thanksgiving holiday, but the latest installment in the "Twilight" franchise is likely to feast on the most ticket sales yet again. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" opened to an impressive $138 million last weekend, and the fourth film in the vampire series could rake in an additional $60 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. Meanwhile, three new PG-rated films, all of which have earned exceedingly positive reviews, hit theaters Wednesday.
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October 20, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
The third "Paranormal Activity" movie will spook its competitors at the box office this weekend. But it remains to be seen whether it can scare up more dollars than the franchise's second installment. "Paranormal Activity 3" is expected to collect $40 million to $45 million domestically, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the movie, is predicting a softer debut of around $35 million. The second "Paranormal" film opened to $40.7 million on the same weekend last year.
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July 1, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" will easily crush the competition at the box office this holiday weekend, but its debut won't be as mighty as the previous installments in the robot franchise. The third "Transformers" film, which cost about $200 million to make and is the first in the series to be released in 3-D, opened Tuesday evening in the U.S. and Canada. On its first full day in theaters, the movie collected $37.3 million, marking the biggest single day for any picture released so far this year.
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November 4, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Two stoners will probably have trouble stealing the loot from a group of thieves at the box office. "Tower Heist," a comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller about a bunch of crooks attempting to pull off a robbery, is poised to run away with the most ticket sales this weekend. The movie is expected to open with between $25 million and $30 million in sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be enough to beat out "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," the third installment in the comedy series, which will probably collect around $16 million.
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May 13, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In its second weekend of release, "Thor" should have enough strength to climb to the top of the box office again. Of the two newcomers, the female-driven comedy "Bridesmaids," starring "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kristen Wiig, will have the strongest launch. The Judd Apatow-produced movie is expected to collect $15 million to $17 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the 3-D "Priest," which stars Paul Bettany as a clergyman who hunts vampires in a dystopian future, is expected to flop and take in only about $11 million on opening weekend.
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