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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Riddick’ Wins an Unimpressive Weekend

One of the things 'Riddick' has going for it is that it didn't cost too much. So while its opening weekend may be a little less than impressive, it doesn't have that far to go to make a profit. It's little victories like this that make this, one of the slowest most stagnant movie weekends of the year, more palatable.

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Holiday Box Office Update: ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Django Unchained’ Start Strong

Who says Christmas is about staying warm by the fire and exchanging gifts with your loved ones? Everyone knows that the holidays are all about movies! A depressing musical adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel and an ultra-violent revenge fantasy may not sound like Christmas material, but the opening days of 'Les Miserables' and 'Django Unchained' prove otherwise.

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Contagion’ Takes Top Spot from ‘The Help’

It took a global epidemic to do it, but ‘The Help’ has finally been knocked out of the number one spot at the box office after three weeks at the top of the list.

The Steven Soderbergh-directed ‘Contagion,’ about a deadly and fast-spreading disease and the panic it causes, earned $23.1 million at theaters in its first week of release, relegating ‘The Help’ to a runner-up status. The mixed-martial arts action flick, ‘Warrior,’ came in third during its debut week, with ‘The Debt’ and ‘Columbiana’ rounding out the top five.

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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Help’ Stays Number One for the Third Week

Earning a total of $123 million at the box office in the month since its release, ‘The Help’ kept its number one spot in theaters for the third week in a row, becoming the first film to do so since last summer’s ‘Inception.’

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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Help’ Takes Over Top Spot

In its second week of release, strong word-of-mouth and positive reviews propelled ‘The Help’ past ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ to take the number one spot at the box office this weekend, while ‘Apes’ moved to the number two slot.

‘The Help’ earned $20.5 million, while ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ pulled in $16.3 million.

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Is Top Banana

Two new films — ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Change-Up’ — premiered in the top five in this weekend’s best box-office earners, coming in at number one and number four, respectively.

Last weekend’s top films, ‘The Smurfs’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ moved to the second and third-place slots.

Here’s a recap of all five of this weekend’s best box-office earners.

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Yahoo Movies
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‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and ‘The Smurfs’ Tie for Top Spot at Box Office

The Harrison Ford/Daniel Craig sci-fi vehicle ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ tied with ‘The Smurfs’ for first place at the box office, with each taking in $36.2 million in their debut weekend.

The blockbuster ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2′ dropped to fourth, earning a total of $318.4 million in the three weeks since its release, while ‘Friends with Benefits,’ ‘Horrible Bosses,’ and ‘Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon’ dropped out of the top five.

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Harry Potter’ Is King in Record-Breaking Performance

In news that will surprise exactly no one, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ completely dominated this weekend’s box office. The final film in the Potter franchise banked a record-breaking $168.6 million opening weekend, with $92 million on Friday alone.

That number surpasses the previous record holder, ‘The Dark Knight,’ which opened to $158.4 million in 2008.

“I’m too old for cartwheels, but it’s close,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president for domestic distribution. “At the same time it’s bittersweet. It’s also the end of a great franchise, and we’ve watched these talented kids grow up.”

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Transformers’ Retains Top Spot

Boosted by unexpectedly strong word-of-mouth and generous reviews, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' was number one for the second weekend in a row, becoming the top-grossing movie of 2011 thus far with a total take of $261.0 million.

Coming in second, the Jennifer Aniston-featured dark comedy 'Horrible Bosses' earned an estimated $28.1 million, while the family flick 'Zookeeper' came in third with $21.0 million.

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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Dominates Holiday Box Office

No Megan Fox, no problem -- 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' still managed to rock the box office this holiday weekend.

The sexy star may not have returned for the third installment in the franchise, but it didn't matter because director Michael Bay's latest offering took in $116.1 million over the four-day holiday weekend, en route to winning the box office battle.

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In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Optimus Prime is shown in a scene from 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon.' (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Optimus Prime is shown in a scene from 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon.' (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
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Transformers Makes Big Haul: Years best opening weekend.

It seems like if you have a good story and marketing at a fast food place and you spend enough years making your toys cool for kids that includes a saturday morning cartoon, sooner or later you will have a string of big movies about them

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Cars 2′ Cruises to Victory

As expected, Pixar’s ‘Cars 2′ easily took first place at the weekend box office, netting a healthy $68 million. That’s about $8 million higher than the original ‘Cars,’ which opened to $60.1 million in 2006.

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