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How often does The Fourth of July fall on a Friday? Not too often, but when it does it can mean big box-office for new movies hitting theaters. This week we look back at some of the movies that have had the biggest July 4 openings in film history.

  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $97.8M
  2. Spider-Man 2 - $88.1M
  3. Despicable Me 2 - $83.5M
  4. Transformers - $70.5M
  5. War of the Worlds - $64.8M
  6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $64.8
  7. Hancock - $62.6M
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man - $62M
  9. Superman Returns - $52.5M
  10. Men in Black II - $52.1M

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Fury: Brad Pitt is the leader of a tank squad in World War II who will do anything to protect the men under his command.

Also from director David Ayer: End of Watch, Training Day

Dracula Untold: Go back to the origins of the world’s most famous vampire as he earns his bloody reputation and embraces his destiny.

These movies will go bump in the night: Van Helsing, I, Frankenstein

Life After Beth: When a young woman comes back from the dead it’s a miracle, until she slowly gives in to her zombie tendencies. But is that an obstacle to for her boyfriend?

Enjoy these unusual zombie movies: Warm Bodies, Idle Hands

The Skeleton Twins: Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader are estranged twins who are both going through a rough patch but who come back to support each other.

Get more stories of dysfunctional siblings here: The Savages, Margot at the Wedding

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: We see a couple, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, fall in love but then fall apart.

Romance sometimes fails, as these movies show: Blue Valentine, Little Children

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If you’re looking for some entertainment this holiday weekend, look no further because we have an explosive lineup of new releases. Embark on a jungle adventure in Rio 2, explore virtual identity in Transcendence and more. See our full new release recap below.

Transcendence (plus Bonus Features): If you had the choice to live forever, would you? This sci-fi thriller explores what happens when dreaming of the future leads to power that’s impossible to control.

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Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) creates a sentiment machine with his full range of emotions and memories. His controversial experiments become the target of anti-technology extremists who will stop at nothing to prevent him from continuing with his research. In their attempts to destroy his creation, they inadvertently lead to his transcendence.

Rio 2: The whole flock is back, plus a gaggle of new characters, including Bruno Mars and Kristen Chenoweth, in this musical action-adventure film.

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Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids embark on a colorful – and musical – journey as they’re forced from their home in Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon.

Dom Hemingway: Jude Law lets it all hang out in this comedy-drama about one man in search of redemption.

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The notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemmingway (Jude Law) is back on the streets after spending 12 years in prison. Dom sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) in search of a long-awaited payday for keeping his mouth shut.

Teen Wolf | Season 4: The supernatural drama returns to the small screen for a fourth season, bringing back the all-star cast and adding several new faces.

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After the devastating losses in season three, Scott, Stiles, Lydia and Kira are back for a new school semester, with even more nail-biting worries. Expect more dance parties, were-creatures of all shapes and sizes, killer cliffhangers and, of course, teenage angst.

X-Men: The Last Stand: The non-stop action and spectacular effects of the X-Men franchise continue in this epic, mutant action-adventure film. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, this film is our 99-cent rental of the week!

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The mutants are faced with a life-changing dilemma: a controversial cure is discovered, allowing them the ability to give up their powers to become a mere mortal. Meanwhile, the usually peaceful mutant leader Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) goes head-to-head with his enemy, Magneto (Ian McKellen), forcing the mutants to engage in a battle to end all battles.

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Transformers 4: Age of Extinction smashes its way onto the big screen this week, giving audiences all the action-adventure they can handle as giant, brawling bots go head-to-head. This highly anticipated sequel continues the story from the first three installments while also introducing the fan favorite Dinobots to the franchise.

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Transformers 4 isn’t the only film to pit one – or several – machines against another in an attempt to save humanity from destruction, or to just win a bet. Whether they’re fighting, being heroic or falling in love, here are some of our favorite  films starring robots.

  1. Transformers
  2. RoboCop (2014)
  3. Terminator Salvation
  4. The Iron Giant
  5. Pacific Rim
  6. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  7. Wall-E
  8. The Incredibles
  9. Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
  10. Real Steel

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The Judge: Robert Downey Jr. plays a lawyer who returns home when his mother dies and has to confront his estranged father, even as he defends him from a murder charge.

For more legal drama, watch these great movies: The Chamber, A Few Good Men

The Wedding Ringer: Josh Gad needs a best man for his wedding and turns to a freelancer, played by Kevin Hart, who serves as one professionally.

Weddings serve as the backdrop for these comedies too: Wedding Crashers, Bridesmaids

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This week, nab some exciting releases like crime thriller The Raid 2, season 4 of the popular TV series Arrested Development and more! See the full list below.

The Raid 2 (plus Bonus Features): Delivering the same high-energy plot as its predecessor, this film will definitely not disappoint die-hard martial arts fans.

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Picking up after the events of the first film, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he joins an anti-corruption taskforce and infiltrates the ranks of a Jakarta crime syndicate. Can he protect his family while uncovering the corruption within his own police force?

Bad Words: Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut with this quirky and charming comedy.

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Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who dreams of victory and fame. He finds a loophole in The Golden Quill national spelling bee rules, and decides to compete. Guy makes an unlikely alliance with one of his competitors, an awkward 10-year-old named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), in hopes to make it to the finals.

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Summer is upon us! That means lots of sun, days at the beach, BBQ’s and road trips.

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Have you logged hours in the backseat of the family station wagon and know where the *best* Stuckey’s are along the interstate?  If so, you’re in luck. This week’s #VUTop10 has some of our favorite films that include a vehicle and the open highway. No matter if it’s traveling with a borderline crazy family or bros from college, we’ve got you covered.

Take a look at the full list below and get ready for a season’s worth of long hauls and counting the miles until the next rest stop.

  1. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  2. Dumb and Dumber
  3. Road Trip
  4. The Blues Brothers
  5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  6. Due Date
  7. Crossroads
  8. Little Miss Sunshine
  9. EuroTrip
  10. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

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The Interview: James Franco and Seth Rogen are a couple of idiot members of the entertainment press who travel to North Korea and get involved in some espionage hijinks.

Rogen and Franco bring the laughs in these movies too: This is The EndPineapple Express

Birdman: Michael Keaton plays a struggling actor, who’s frustrated in his attempts to mount a comeback after once being best known for playing a super hero.

Actors try to rediscover the spark in these movies as well: Galaxy QuestTropic Thunder

The Penguins of Madagascar: The fan-favorite aquatic birds from the Madagascar series of films get their own movie, and some help on their mission from a group of elite animals.

Get your fill of talking animals here: MadagascarMadagascar 2

No Good Deed: Idris Elba plays a violent criminal who escapes from a prison transfer, and threatens a woman and her young daughter when he takes them prisoner in her own home.

These chilling movies about home invasions will set your nerves on edge: Funny GamesStraw Dogs

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: This second trailer gives us an even better look at the noir sequel and the violence, passion and more violence that’s in store.

Get more of Frank Miller’s unique vision in these movies: Sin City300

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Take a break from the excitement of the World Cup this week with must-watch new releases: The LEGO Movie, House Cards Season 2 and more. See the full list of new releases available now on Video Unlimited.

The LEGO Movie: You’ll be surprised by the number of layers in this charming and hilarious movie. And, no, we’re not talking about LEGO bricks.

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An ordinary construction worker named Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt) discovers that there is more to his world than meets the eye – in fact, he’s the key to saving the entire LEGO world. Emmett joins a fellowship of strangers in order to stop an evil tyrant, the hyper-conformist Lord Business.

A Fighting Man: Step into the ring with this story of hope, loyalty and second chances.

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The washed-up boxer, Sailor O’Connor (Dominic Purcell) steps back into the ring for one last fight. With the support of his old fight team, Sailor must face his personal demons or die trying to stay on his feet until the bloody end.

Willow Creek: This film tells the story of the great American tradition of venturing on a camping trip only to discover that you’re not alone. Sound familiar?

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Jim is a Bigfoot believer, who takes his girlfriend on a romantic getaway to the Six Rivers National Forest, in search of the site from the original Patterson-Gimlin film (the 1967 footage showing an enormous, hairy creature walking along a riverbed). The couple gets lost, of course, and discovers that something is stalking their every move.

House of Cards | Season 2: This series is packed with A-listers, polished character actors and finished with an all-consuming – and extremely addictive – plot.

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Claire and Francis Underwood continue to bulldoze anything in their path on their rise to power. In this vicious brand of politics, the characters backstab, form alliances, break those alliances, and more in their scramble to the top.

Bad Grandpa: If you’re looking for some shocking and hilarious entertainment for this weekend, then this comedy from the Jackass crew is perfect for you. And if that isn’t enough to get you excited it’s our 99-cent rental of the week!

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Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), is an 86-year-old curmudgeon who is stuck taking care of his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll). The two embark on a road trip through the heartland of America, playing pranks on unsuspecting, real-life people – all of whom have absolutely no idea that there’s a hidden camera.

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Grab a ball, lace up your cleats, and get ready to hit the pitch because the World Cup is here. To get you ready for a month’s worth of matches, we tweaked this week’s #VUTop10 to include films that feature the world’s most popular sport: Soccer. Or, as it’s known almost everywhere outside the U.S., fútbol. Whether you’re looking for action with a bit of love, a goal scoring K-9 or exceptional coaching by Rodney Dangerfield, we’ve got something for you.

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Check out the list and be sure to tell us who you’re rooting for.

  1. Bend It Like Beckham
  2. Fever Pitch
  3. United
  4. Green Street Hooligans
  5. The Damned United
  6. The Big Green
  7. Goal! The Dream Begins
  8. Ladybugs
  9. Soccer Dog
  10. Shaolin Soccer

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