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Box Office Mojo returns after Friday disappearance

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Moviegoers buy tickets at a theater in Denver.
(Ed Andrieski / Associated Press)

Box-office trackers can stop panicking.

The website Box Office Mojo, a go-to resource for data on movies and money, is back online after mysteriously disappearing on Friday.

Box-office data fiends who tried to use Boxofficemojo.com on Friday were redirected to the website of the Internet Movie Database, IMDb.com.

This prompted a wave of speculation from those who use the site religiously to track the performance of films at the multiplex. Hollywood trades including The Wrap and Variety published reports on the sudden disappearance, and some wondered if the site had been permanently folded into IMDb.

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Box Office Mojo was acquired in 2008 by IMDb, which is in turn owned by the Internet retail giant Amazon. 

On Saturday night, Box Office Mojo was back to normal.

Ray Subers, who runs the site, wrote from his Twitter account: “I think it’s about time to resume normal programming here...”

He added: “Actually, two things. 1) I am 100% OK. No health/family/personal issues whatsoever. 2) I will not be answering any Qs re: the past 3 days.”

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Neither IMDb nor Amazon responded to questions about Box Office Mojo.

Follow Ryan Faughnder on Twitter for more entertainment business coverage: @rfaughnder


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