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Weekend Box Office Top 10 Takeaways: ‘Ghostbusters’ Makes Mid-Range Landing

17 July 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few summer 2016 releases have grabbed more advance attention that Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot. During this feast-or-famine summer, its modest initial performance is far from great, but mainly positive.

For one thing, “Ghostbusters” failed to unseat top-grossing animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” as #1. The superlatives for the animated family genre continue unabated.

The weekend brought few new releases, another reason grosses fell short of the same weekend last summer.

But more strong openers are coming, including “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad” is guaranteed to soar). But the ongoing uncertainty continues.

The Top Ten

1. The Secret Life of Pets (Universal) Week 2 – Last weekend #1

$50,560,000 (-51%) in 4,381 theaters (+11); PTA (per theater average): $11,541; Cumulative: $203,148,000

2. Ghostbusters (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 60; Est. budget: $144 million

$46,000,000 in 3,963 theaters; PTA: $11,607; Cumulative: $46,000,000

3. The Legend of Tarzan (Warner Bros.) Week 3 – Last weekend #2

$11,120,000 (-47%) in 3,551 theaters (-40); PTA: $3,132; Cumulative: $103,050,000

4. Finding Dory (Buena Vista) Week 5 – Last weekend #3

$11,040,000 (- »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Exclusive Portraits: Scarlett Johansson Receives Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award

9 July 2016 9:26 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – She’s conquered the box office as the top grossing female star of all time, and she’s had a series of big superhero and prestige films. The Gene Siskel Film Center honored Scarlett Johansson with their Renaissance Award, at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago on June 20th, 2016.

Scarlett Johansson on the Red Carpet on June 20th, 2016

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Johansson was born in New York City, and studied acting at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. She made her film debut at the age of nine in “North” (1994), and rose steadily through the ranks as a child/teenage actress in such films as “Manny & Lo” (1996), “The Horse Whisperer” (1998) and “Ghost World” (2001).

She made the transition to more adult roles with the unforgettable “Lost in Translation” (2003), opposite Bill Murray, and further stole the screen in the Woody Allen-directed “Match Point »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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