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“Batman v Superman” falls 68% in 2nd weekend

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Word of mouth might be kryptonite for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like “God’s Not Dead 2” and “Meet the Blacks.” The Zack Snyder movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and about $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million…

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Superheroes, for once, don’t rule Hollywood’s summer

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After a lackluster 2014 summer, Hollywood has bounced back with one of its best seasons ever. But the most surprising part of the turnaround is that superheroes aren’t the ones who saved the day. Instead, Hollywood’s summer was led by a banner season from Universal Pictures, the lone major studio with nary a cape in its cupboard. With a record-setting $5.3 billion-plus in revenue so far this year, Universal has powered Hollywood to a near record summer with a diverse…

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‘Avengers’ + ‘Star Wars’ = big year for Disney

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Who would win if Captain America fought Luke Skywalker? Why Disney, of course, which stands to bring in astronomical amounts of money this year from two big installments of two of the most popular film franchises ever. With its Marvel movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” just having notched the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of all time and a new “Star Wars” movie coming this winter, analysts expect the company to post not only great movie studio results but a big…

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Brush up on Avengers trivia as ‘Age of Ultron’ assembles

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Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly awaited sequel to 2012’s The Avengers opens in North America today, with sky-high expectations. After already grossing more than $200 million overseas, Ultron – with all its attendant hype — will likely make that amount within the next few days and break all sorts of weekend box office records. Among all the excitement, The Associated Press offers fans a challenge: How much do you know about the summer’s blockbuster event? In an interactive quiz, AP…

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They will be back! Sequels multiply in summer movie season

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“I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer movie season. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s older, reliable brands, with the tenacity of Schwarzenegger’s lethal cyborg, claw their way back onto the big screen in a popcorn parade of big-budget sequels, reboots and re-dos. That’s nothing new, but the…

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans set the stage for a Civil War

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There’s a conflict brewing in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and it doesn’t involve megalomaniac robots. After reaching a peace with their structure and roles on the superhero fighting team, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America have begun to clash ideologically. The stoic Steve, still reeling from revelations of widespread corruption in “The Winter Soldier,” is starting to question the precepts he’s followed blindly for so long. Tony, meanwhile, is drifting toward the desire for order and control. “Morality hits…

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