Home Celebrity “Argo” Moves to Number 1 on Monday and Tuesday

Everyone loves “Argo.” The Ben Affleck true-story thriller about six hostages in Iran in 1979 has taken off after a good but not spectacular start. On Friday, the day it opened, “Argo” finished third. But it built momentum, and ended the weekend at number 2, behind Liam Neeson in “Taken 2.” On Monday, Argo vaulted to number 1 and remained there last night. It’s all word of mouth. Little by little, people are telling their friends–“Argo” is like, a, you know, real movie. Remember them? “Argo” is now at $23 million, which is what it should have made by Sunday night. But slow starters could become big winners. Tonight could be s turning point. And then, off to the races for “Argo,” an absolute cinch for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay and awards in several other categories as well. With “Gone Baby Gone,” and “The Town” preceding it, now Ben Affleck will never have to explain why he doesn’t say anything in the new Terrence Malick film. He’s off the hook!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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