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Tom Cruise film tops in 3rd week too

MUMBAI: Paramount‘s Tom Cruise-starrer Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol kept up its reigning spree in the new year after grossing $31.3 million during the three-day New Year‘s weekend for an accumulated domestic total of $134.2 million.


The studio estimates that Ghost Protocol will earn another $8.7 million on Monday--a national holiday--for a projected domestic total of $142.9 million. Overseas, the film has sailed past the $200 million mark and all in all, the film will likely earn $600 million globally.
 
On the other hand, Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse moved up the box office chart to No. 4 after grossing $16.9 million for the three-day weekend and putting the film‘s eight-day intake to $43 million.


At the specialty box office, the Weinstein Co.‘s Meryl Streep-starrer The Iron Lady bowed to impressive numbers over the three-day weekend grossing $221,752 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a screen average of $55,438.
 
Along with Sony Pictures Classics released Iranian film A Separation that debuted to $66,598 from three theaters for a screen average of $22,199.
 
Game of Shadows grossed $22.1 million over the three-day weekend for a domestic cume of $132.1 million. The film grossed $18.3 million for a domestic cume of $94.6 million and it is said that the 3D toon should near $100 million on Monday.
 
Both Game of Shadows and Sherlock have made up ground after muted openings over the Dec. 16-18 weekend.

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Deloitte: Indian film industry to touch Rs 23,800 crore by 2020

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Banjo...Out of sync

Banjo is a musical love story of a young man with a mastery over the stringed instrument. The banjo is said to have its origin in Africa. The instrument is seen to be more popular during festivals in India.

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Parched...Dry run at box office

Leena Yadav’s Parched debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Ever since, it has been on the festival circuit extensively till its theatrical release this week.

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'Visanarai' to represent India at Oscars

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'Days of Tafree' twists 'Chello Divas'

MUMBAI: Gujarati blockbuster Chhello Divas will hit cinemas across the country as Days of Tafree - In Class; Out of Class. The movie is produced by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Rashmi Sharma Films and will release it on 23 September.

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Pink: Neither strategy nor reviews helped

Pink, with Shoojit Sircar as the force behind the film, was much hyped. The film also enjoyed a great deal of media and critics support. However, all this hype did not help the film as the response on the opening day remained tepid with a business of about Rs 4.2 crore.

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Sony Max2 initiates Double Trouble film festival

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