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The Explosive Movies That Crushed The Box Office On Independence Day Weekend

July 4th, 2014 8:01am EDT
Wild Wild West
The weekend following Independence Day here in America has become a must-perform spot on the calendar for movie studios. This year, the 4th of July lands on a Friday, leaving us bereft of new releases (although Transformers: Age of Extinction, which came out on the 27th, should do nicely). So with nothing new coming out, let's take a look at the bombastic films we celebrated freedom with in years past.

Wild Wild West

If there's one thing you need to know about Will Smith, it's that he loves July 4th. No other actor has benefited more from releasing films around Independence Day than Wil...
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Eric Church Gets It Done At No. 1 Once More

February 20th, 2014 5:00am EST
Eric Church
Let the “Church” say yes… Corny, I know. But one of country’s rising stars, Eric Church, just continues to rise. The Outsiders gives Church his second no. 1 album, selling a healthy 288,000 copies. Sub 100K weeks are done, at least this week. How does The Outsiders’ numbers compare to the numbers that greeted Chief? Well ole boy “Doubled Up”… or nearly doubled up (145,000 copies). In a slow weak for new releases, well, Church was the bright spot. Compilations continue to do soundly though, as Frozen Soundtrack sold another 100,000 (no. 2) and Now 49 sold 77,000 copies after a no. 1 de...
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The Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, Part One

January 1st, 2014 9:03am EST
Dumb and Dumber
No more new films will be released in 2013 - but there's no need to fret! Check out why we're hyped (and why we're worried) for these highly-anticipated 2014 films:

Dumb And Dumber To

Why We’re Hyped: The Farrelly Brothers, Jim Carey, and Jeff Daniels would only do the film if everyone was involved.

Why We’re Worried: When’s the last time the Farrelly Brothers made a good movie? Will Jim Carrey alienate half of his audience on Twitter – again?

The Expendables 3

Why We’re Hyped: Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer join the ridiculous cast for another go at...
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Check Out 'Despicable Me 2' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Nov. 26

November 23rd, 2013 7:24am EST
Despicable Me 2
Gru, Dr. Nefario and the Minions have some free time on their hands to raise Margo, Edith and Agnes now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super-crime.

But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.

Now, it's up to Gru and his new partner Lucy Wilde to discover who is responsible for a spectacular crime and bring him to justice. After all, it takes the world's greatest ex-villain to catch the one vying to take his place.

The voice cast includes Steve Carell...
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'The Conjuring' Tops The Weekend Box Office, 'R.I.P.D.' Bombs As Predicted

July 22nd, 2013 11:10am EDT
The Conjuring
For the first time in over a month an animated film isn't on top at the weekend box office. After four weekends dominated by Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, live-action thriller The Conjuring has earned the top spot with $41.3 million in ticket sales.

The film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, raked in more than twice what the movie cost to make during it's first weekend.

"Despicable Me 2" dropped from number-one to second place with $21.5 million, bringing its total gross to $276 million in jus three weeks,...
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'Despicable Me 2' Tops Weekend Box Office For Second Straight Week

July 15th, 2013 11:31am EDT
Despicable Me 2
The giant robots of Pacific Rim were no match for the Despicable Me 2 Minions this weekend, as the family feature topped the box office for a second straight week.

The sequel to 2010's Despicable Me raked in another $44.8 million, bringing its two week total to just shy of $230 million.

Another sequel, Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 came in second despite being the summer's worst-reviewed movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes.com.

Guillermo del Toro's robots vs. monsters movie came in well under expectations, making just $38.3 million for a third place finish.

The Heat, starring Sandra Bulloc...
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Predictions Favor 'Despicable Me 2' Over 'The Lone Ranger' This Holiday Weekend

July 3rd, 2013 5:56pm EDT
Despicable Me 2 - Lone Ranger
Bad news continues to mount for "The Lone Ranger" as overseas box office numbers and early North American data show "Despicable Me 2" is out pacing the Disney western/action production.

Critics continue to blast "The Lone Ranger" in their appraisal of the film. Rotten Tomatoes at the moment shows negative reviews in at 76% out of 116 reviews so far.

"I mean, no wonder Depp's in disguise. No wonder Hammer wears a mask. Wouldn't you?" said Stephen Whitty of Newark Star-Ledger. "The Lone Ranger is a pounding headache of a movie - loud, dumb, overlong and pointless" reported Tom Long of Detro...
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'Despicable Me 2' Producers Race To Complete Film After Al Pacino Drops Out

May 7th, 2013 12:29pm EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has pulled out of his voiceover role in Despicable Me 2, prompting the film's producers to scramble to get the film ready for its July 3 release.

Pacino, who replaced Javier Bardem as new villain Eduardo in the sequel to 2010's hit Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment production, left the production over a "last-minute creative difference," according to Deadline.com.

Since Pacino's exit last week, actor Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to fill the role, and he'll have to re-record all the dialog for the film before its release. Deadline was told there is plenty of time to ...
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Gru & His Minions Are Back With Cool Cars, Gadgets And More In New 'Despicable Me 2' Trailer

March 19th, 2013 9:27pm EDT
Despicable Me 2
It's almost time for Minion madness again as super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) and his three adopted daughters get set to embark on a whole new adventure in Despicable Me 2.

"Gru's back in the game with cool cars, gadgets and weapons!" Gru exclaims in the new trailer, released Tuesday.

This time around Gru is recruited by the 'Anti-Villain League' to use his expertise as a villain to help stop a new bad guy (Al Pacino) from taking over the world.

"Despicable Me 2" hits theaters July 3. Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher and Russ...
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The Minions Are Back In An All-New Trailer For 'Despicable Me 2'

October 31st, 2012 7:47pm EDT
Despicable Me 2
Gru and his minions are back! The second trailer for Despicable Me 2 was released on Wednesday; and, much like the first teaser that arrived in March, this one focuses on the minions once again, as two of them appear to get abducted by aliens.

Director Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team have created an all-new animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions... and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

Despicable Me raked in more than $540 million at the box office, becoming the 10th biggest animated m...
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Al Pacino To Play Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

February 4th, 2012 7:00pm EST
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has signed on to replace fellow Oscar winner Javier Bardem as the villain in the "Despicable Me" sequel.

The star will join Steve Carell and Russell Brand, who are reprising their animated roles for "Despicable Me 2."

Kristen Wiig and "iCarly" actress Miranda Cosgrove will also offer up their voices for supporting characters.
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