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Argo Passes the $100 Million Mark

By December 3, 2012

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Bryan Cranston and Ben Affleck in ArgoOne of 2012's best films has finally passed the $100 million mark. Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, has edged past the box office mark domestically.

The official announcement came from Warner Bros Pictures President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman who stated: "Argo is one of those rare cinematic achievements that has been equally and enthusiastically embraced by both critics and audiences. Its success at the box office, combined with categorical raves from critics everywhere, is a testament to the talents behind the film, beginning with its remarkable director and star, Ben Affleck. We congratulate him and everyone involved in Argo on this milestone."

Argo currently sits in the top three on my Top 10 Best Films of 2012 list (to be published in late December), a position that could change after screenings of The Hobbit, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained.

The synopsis: "Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans--spearheaded by the CIA's heroic exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez--which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. The drama focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played, information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top 'exfil' guy, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies."

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