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Box Office: A Case for Buried?

Horror fans got a one week reprieve from shelling out dough at the box office this week. That is unless you live near one of the 11 theaters that screened the Ryan Reynolds Iraq War flick "Buried," which Lionsgate rolled out to a select number of theaters on Friday. The advance word is that a full release is possible in a couple of weeks. Now, with all due warnings about ridiculously small sample size out of the way, let's look at some precedence for how things might play out for "Buried."

Return of the Box Office Report!

If it seems like there's been a lot of horror in your diet as of late, you're not just spending too much time on "Twilight" fan boards. Since the weekend of August 20th we've had five straight weeks of new horror releases, a streak that will be broken this coming weekend. I'm counting "Machete," so depending on how you classify, your milage may vary.

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Since the dawn of recorded sound, man has yearned for insightful and humorous horror commentary. In the early days the phonograph gave way to radio, radio gave way to the internet, which eventually gave way to the smallest, yet most powerful force the aural world has ever known... The MP3. Voices rose from the masses, voices with ideas -- "Down with Remakes, Up with French Horror, Champion the Small Wonders!"

Box Office Special - "2012" Splits the Uprights

If the moderate temperatures (in the Northeast, anyway) and blockbuster fare at the box office have anyone feeling a little confused, well, join the club. It turns out though, that Sony's idea of rolling out their late season tentpole "2012," on this the 46th weekend of the year, has some precedent. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2002 before you hit a group of new releases that doesn't feature a $150+ million film. So we probably should be thinking of the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving as a mini-blockbuster season.

Box Office Special - Abductions Trump "Box"

If you're wondering why Milla is so startled, it might have have something to do with the fact that her snoozy alien abduction pic posted a surprisingly nice opening. Coming in at $12.5 million, "The Fourth Kind" was strong enough for a fourth place finish in a crowded weekend that included four new films. "Fourth Kind" managed to outperform the other new horror flick of the week, Richard Kelly's "The Box," which slunk home just shy of $8 million.

Box Office Special - "Paranormal Activity" Goes Large

Last week we tracked the "Paranormal Activity" breakout story as it began. This week we reach the second chapter.

"2012:" Embrace the Glorioussness

When are we all finally going to admit it to ourselves: the trailers for "2012" are fucking sweet.

Box Office Special - Checking in on "Activity"

Let the "Paranormal Activity" breakout story begin!

Box Office Special - Zombieland Needs No Bailout

After a little unscheduled break, the Box Office Special is back. And after a messy streak of flops, horror looks to be back too, with "Zombieland" flying out of the gates with a number one finish in its opening weekend. Let's catch up with a handy little chart:

Box Office Special - Summer Goes Out With a Whimper

Labor Day, while an awesome excuse to lay around and do nothing for three days, is about as fallow a film going period as you'll find on the calendar. Just two years ago, "Halloween" set a new four-day weekend record with $30 million. Some weekends, that wouldn't even qualify for 2nd place, but on Labor Day it's a record.

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