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On the Lot: Big holiday movie weekend, sneak of DiCaprio's 'The Revenant'




Leonardo DiCaprio as explorer Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant.
Leonardo DiCaprio as explorer Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant.
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Retailers were disappointed that shoppers didn't mob stores over the holiday weekend. Maybe that's because they were at the movies. The box office was strong, as the LA Times' Rebecca Keegan tells us, driven by "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two," "Creed," and "The Good Dinosaur."

While regular America was watching these hits, some members of the Hollywood elite got their first glimpse of the much-anticipated "The Revenant," starring Leo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. They'd read (or heard) stories about how difficult the film was to make, and apparently, some found it difficult to watch, especially a scene in which DiCaprio's character is mauled by a bear. Still, it's among the films considered to be Oscar material. It opens in limited release on Christmas Day.

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