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We'll have a full box office report to you tomorrow, but in the meantime let us know what you're seeing and if you were among the handful who chose to be confused by The Counselor, or if watching Johnny Knoxville terrorize unsuspecting Americans was more your speed (no judging here!) Also, totally unrelated to box office, but worth checking out-- if you read Deadline for box office reports as we do, today's report doesn't tell the story of the crazy drama going on behind the scenes there, with founder Nikki Finke preparing to leave the site and claiming she's been locked out of the site. Deadline's Mike Fleming has chimed in with a little more level-headed perspective, but the scene over there remains more dramatic than probably anything you could see at the actual movies this weekend.