October 24, 2016
        Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for October                Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Naomie Harris, Lily Collins get Honors at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race        

Harry Potter 7.2 Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

HollywoodNews.com: Meanwhile, a little farther down the chart, the much-anticipated and raved-about by geek critics Attack of the Block was released on just eight screens by Screen Gems, with respectable results. The film earned $130,000 for a solid $16,307 per-screen average. Of course, this means little in terms of the film’s mainstream play ability, and I do not yet know the expansion plans for the British alien invasion import. But every movie geek on my Twitter feed has been begging everyone else to see this one.

As for me, I’m hoping that it goes to the much closer Arclight Sherman Oaks next weekend (as opposed to the much farther Arclight Hollywood). I’m also a little nervous about those allegedly thick British accents, as I’m a little hard of hearing and am debating on waiting for the subtitled-DVD. But for those unafraid of accents, everyone I know seems to have really enjoyed this one. Also debuting in limited release was The Devil’s Double ($95,000 on five screens) and The Guard ($80,000 on four screens).

In bad news for good movies, Captain America dropped a rather hefty 61% in its second weekend, almost as much as the much-loathed Green Lantern (-66%). The terrific comic book adventure grossed $24.9 million in its second weekend and finished its tenth day with $116 million, or $3 million behind Thor’s respective ten day gross of $119 million. To be fair, Captain America had stronger weekdays than Thor, as the Asgard fable opened in early May. But the Steve Rogers pic had a second weekend of nearly $10 million less, and a larger second weekend drop than Thor (-47%) and X-Men: First Class (-54%).

It does mean that the film will likely end up closer to Kung Fu Panda 2’s current $161 million total than Thor’s current $180 million total. In better news for good movies, the final Harry Potter film crossed two very notable landmarks this weekend. On Sunday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II crossed $1 billion worldwide, tying Avatar as the fastest film to reach said milestone. It also film sits at $318 million in domestic grosses as of today, thus surpassing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the biggest-grossing Harry Potter film in domestic sales as well.

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