New to Blu-ray: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, KEY & PEELE, THE GREAT BEAUTY Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include Martin Scorsese’s latest, the 2014 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a long-delayed Dean Koontz adaptation, some very popular TV comedies, a few new additions to the Criterion library, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Stays on Top with $31.4 Million; ANCHORMAN 2 in Second with $26.7 Million

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may have pulled off a (very narrow) victory on Friday, but the weekend treasure remained in Bilbo’s hands.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was down 57% from its debut, earning an estimated $31.4 million and a second frame on top of the domestic box office.  Anchorman 2 came in second with $26.7 million: a softer launch than the sequel’s omnipresent marketing suggested.  Meanwhile, American Hustle and Saving Mr. Banks made their first appearances in the top ten, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World hit important milestones.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit 2 $31,455,000 $127.5
2.  Anchorman 2 $26,776,000 $40
3.  Frozen $19,163,000 $191.5
4.  American Hustle $19,100,000 $20.2
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,321,000 $9.9
6.  Catching Fire $8,750,000 $371.7
7.  A Madea Christmas $8,500,000 $28.3
8.  Walking With Dinosaurs $7,300,000 $7.3
9.  Dhoom 3 $3,305,000 $3.3
10.  Thor: The Dark World $1,328,000 $200.7

Friday Box Office: ANCHORMAN 2 Leads THE HOBBIT 2 For Now; AMERICAN HUSTLE and SAVING MR. BANKS Go Wide

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Tis’ the season of plenty at the box office.  At least eight major titles will open or expand in the seven days before Christmas, with Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy kicking off the festivities last Wednesday.  I’m sure you know by now that Paramount’s sequel is kind of a big deal.  So it made sense that Anchorman 2 got the win on Friday, taking in an estimated $8.7 million from 3,507 locations.  That puts Ron Burgundy on track for about $29 million for the three-day weekend: on par with the original Anchorman’s $28.4 million launch in July 2004.

But that won’t be enough to knock Bilbo off of his weekend throne.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned an estimated $8.6 million on Friday, and is expected to pull in over $31 million on its sophomore frame.  After earning one of the highest per-screen averages of all-time with its limited launch last weekend, American Hustle claimed an estimated $5.1 million after expanding its run to 2,507 venues.  Also expanding on Friday after its (slightly less impressive) limited bow last week, Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks brought in almost $3 million on its first day in 2,110 locations – well ahead of the $2.1 million Fox’s Walking With Dinosaurs realized from its first day in 3,231 venues.   We’ll have complete details on the weekend box office tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Anchorman 2 $8,700,000 $21.9
2.  The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug $8,605,000 $104.6
3.  Frozen $6,300,000 $177.5
4.  American Hustle $5,115,000 $7.4
5.  Saving Mr. Banks $2,963,000 $3.5

Fox Announces Release Dates for PERCY JACKSON 2, TAKEN 2, and More

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In addition to announcing that Die Hard 5 (or as it’s now officially called, “A Good Day to Die Hard“) will be released on February 14, 2013, 20th Century Fox has revealed the release dates for some of their other upcoming films.  According to THR, the Percy Jackson sequel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters will hit on Wednesday, March 26, 2013.  The Billy Crystal and Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance (previously titled Us & Them) is set for November 21, 2012 so it can try to draw in families over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Other dates include Taken 2 on October 5, 2012, Curtis Hanson’s surfing drama Men & Mavericks on October 26, 2012, and the 3D family film Walking with Dinosaurs has been pushed up to October 11, 2013.

Hit the jump to find out what films are sharing these weekends.

Release Dates for MARGARET(!), THE BIG WEDDING, TURBO, LEAFMEN, and WALKING WITH DINOSAURS

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If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to catch up to a few of the release dates announced over the last week.  My primary motivation: Margaret finally has an official release date!  Kenneth Lonergan was greeted with critical acclaim for his directorial debut You Can Count on Me in 2000, enough to guarantee the director final cut on his follow-up, Margaret.  Lonergan shot the film in 2005 with a top-shelf cast including Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby, plus You Can Count on Me stars Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick.  Fox Searchlight initially planned for a 2007 release, but Lonergan was unable to find the movie he wanted in the editing bay.  Margaret has been tangled up in legal delays over the last couple years, but its day has come.  September 30, 2011, specifically.  Announcing the release date less than two months in advance usually isn’t followed by heavy promotion and Oscar buzz — I’m just excited that we will finally get to see this thing.

Hit the jump for details on the release dates of The Big Wedding, Turbo, Leafmen, and Walking with Dinosaurs.

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