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fred
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posted January 11, 2012 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Need one. That Devil Inside movie did pretty well considering it only cost $1 million to acquire.

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posted February 04, 2012 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chronicles was great.

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posted March 02, 2012 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can Project X beat The Lorax this weekend? Doubtful but possible. Both should be mid20s to low 30s.

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The foreign box office rescued Hollywood in 2011, with international ticket sales reaching $22.4 billion, a 35 percent increase over 2010, according to the MPAA's annual Theatrical Market Statistics report.

Globally, ticket sales reached $32.6 billion in 2011, only a 3 percent gain. That's due to a marked downturn at the North American box office, where revenue reached $10.2 billion, down 4 percent over 2010. International reveneus made up nearly 69 percent of the pie.

"The figures on box office reflect only one indicator of an extremely complex and evolving movie industry," MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd said. "We're working harder and smarter to keep moviegoers coming back for more, whether at the cinema, at home or on the go."

The North American box office is showing strong signs of recovery this year, helping to soothe concerns over 2011's woes.
"In mature markets such as the United States, the business can more cyclical in the short term, driven by product supply and distribution patterns," National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian said. "In the long term, however, domestic revenues continue to grow. Though the 2011 U.S. box office was down 4 percent, 2012 looks to be another growth year. Box office is up nearly 14 percent year-to-date, with a strong slate of summer movies coming."
Overseas, box office was up across almost all markets in 2011. China saw enormous growth, with ticket sales reaching $2 billion -- second only to Japan, where revenue reached $2.3 billion. Japan was flat last year because of the earthquake and tsunami in March.

France virtually tied with China in reporting $2 billion in ticket sales, followed by the U.K. with $1.7 billion and India with $1.4 billion.

In confirming last year's troubled domestic box office, the MPAA said admissions were down 4 percent in 2011, with 1.28 billion tickets sold--the lowest level in a decade. The national average of tickets sold per person also lagged, topping out at 3.9, compared with 4.1 in 2010 and 4.3 in 2009.
The average cinema ticket price increased by 4 cents in North America, a 1 percent increase, compared with a 3 percent increase in inflation, according to the report.
More than two-thirds of the population in the U.S. and Canada, 221.2 million people, went to the movies at least once in 2011. Frequent moviegoers -- defined as those going to the cinema once or more a month -- continued to drive the domestic box office, buying half of all movie tickets sold in 2011, even though they only made up 10 percent of the population.

Frequent moviegoers in 2011 were older, reflecting the widely reported dip in attendance among younger demos. In the 25-39 age group, more people went to the movies frequently (9.7 million versus 7.7 million in 2010). In contrast, the number of frequent moviegoers in the 18-24 age group fell by nearly 1 million, particularly among females.
In terms of gender, females and males showed up in equal numbers overall. Among ethnicities, Hispanics continued to overindex in terms of moviegoing.

Part of the reason for the downturn in domestic revenue was a noticeable dip in attendance for 3D films, for which revenue fell by $400 million year-over-year.
Globally, the number of cinema screens grew by 3 percent, thanks in large part to the boom in new theaters in markets including China and Russia. Growth in the number of new 3D screens slowed in 2011 overall but increased by a massive 97 percent in Latin America and 58 percent in Asia Pacific markets.

One bright spot: Movie theaters in North America continued to draw more people than theme parks and U.S. sports combined, according to the MPAA report.

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Moviegoers are expected to return to the multiplex this weekend for seconds of "The Hunger Games," guaranteeing the teen epic will be No. 1 at the box office again.

After debuting with a record-breaking $152.5 million last weekend, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novel has continued to rake in massive ticket sales this week. Since Monday, the movie has grossed $29.2 million, and could collect upward of $60 million in its second weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

Two new films will hit theaters this weekend, neither of which are expected to attract anywhere near the business of "Hunger Games." The big-budget sequel "Wrath of the Titans," a 3-D action flick featuring Greek gods, could debut with a soft $40 million in receipts. "Mirror Mirror," a modern day spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale, will probably have an even less impressive opening with roughly $25 million worth of sales.

"Wrath of the Titans" is a follow-up to 2010's similarly titled "Clash of the Titans," which ended up grossing $493 million worldwide. Despite its impressive tally, "Clash" was panned for its poor use of 3-D technology because the film was converted into the format haphazardly to take capitalize on higher ticket prices.

"Wrath," which has earned slightly better critical reviews than "Clash," cost more to produce than the first film. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures co-financed the movie for about $150 million, compared with a $125-million budget for the original picture.

This weekend's release, which stars Sam Worthington as the half-human, half-god Perseus who must fend off not only an angry brother but an array of fire-spewing beasts, also has a new director: Jonathan Liebesman, who replaced Louis Leterrier.

Despite these changes, "Wrath" is still expected to have a far weaker debut than "Clash," which opened with $61.2 million two years ago. The filmmakers believe that "Wrath" will be hurt by "The Hunger Games," which is attracting a higher-than-anticipated number of young men -- the core audience, of course, for the fantasy movie.

"Mirror Mirror," however, is going after a family crowd. The film stars newcomer Lily Collins as Snow White, a naive princess trying to escape the wrath of her stepmother, an evil Queen played by Julia Roberts. The movie is the first of two Snow White adaptations to hit theaters this year; the second, out in June, is Universal Pictures' "Snow White and the Huntsman," a darker, more action-heavy story featuring Kristen Stewart in the lead role.

The film is the most expensive production ever financed by Relativity Media, which spent about $100 million to produce the fairy tale, according to a person close to the production who was not authorized to speak publicly. However, a spokesman for Relativity said the movie's final cost was about $85 million. It was directed by Tarsem Singh, who helmed the $80-million sword-and-sandal epic "Immortals" for the independent company this year.

In addition to launching a pricey marketing campaign, Relativity threw a lavish premiere party at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel this month where girls could dress like princesses and get hair extensions and play carnival games.

Opening in limited release, “Bully,” Lee Hirsch’s documentary about five families affected by teen bullying, will open in a total of five theaters in Los Angeles and New York. The film rides into theaters on the wave of a ratings controversy after being given an "R" rating by the Motion Picture Assn. of America for coarse language.

After losing an appeal for a PG-13, the movie's distributor the Weinstein Co. decided to release the film without a rating. Many theaters will show the movie but treat it as an "R," meaning anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Cinemark, the nation’s third-largest chain, said it will not play the movie, per its policy of not showing unrated films. The movie's initial receipts will be indicative of how much the public scuffle has stirred interest in the film, which will widen its run to two dozen markets April 13.

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posted March 30, 2012 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The Hunger Games" is expected to dominate the box office for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend, it took in $152.5 million. This weekend, analysts expect it to gross another $60 million. Neither of the two new releases -- "Wrath of the Titans" and "Mirror, Mirror" -- is expected to come anywhere near that total. "Wrath of the Titans," a sequel to "Clash of the Titans," is projected to take in $40 million. While that's nothing to sneeze at, the movie cost more than $150 million. "Mirror, Mirror," which stars Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, is likely to make $25 million. That won't make it the fairest of them all. Also, opening in limited release is "Bully," the Weinstein Co. documentary.

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posted March 30, 2012 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There’s dissension among my sources over just how big Lionsgate’s holdover The Hunger Games will be this weekend despite two major releases opening against it. It’s another huge weekend for the North American box office. Here are results for the Top Five with numbers continuing to refine later tonight:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 2 [4,137 Theaters]
Est Friday $24M , Est Weekend $75M

2. Wrath Of The Titans (Warner Bros) NEW [3,545 Theaters]
Est Friday $11.2M, Est Weekend $29M

3. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) NEW [3,603 Theaters]
Est Friday $6.4M, Est Weekend $22.0M

4. 21 Jump Street (Sony) Week 3 [3,148 Theaters]
Est Friday $4.4M, Est Weekend $11M

5. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal) Week 5 [3,264 Theaters]
Est Friday $2.1M, Est Weekend $8.5M

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t’s another huge weekend for the North American box office with $150M, or +25% from last year. Lionsgate’s humongous holdover The Hunger Games won the weekend domestically and internationally again despite two new major releases opening against it. Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ 3D action fantasy sequel Wrath Of The Titans failed to come close to the original’s grosses, while Relativity Media’s Snow White comedy Mirror Mirror failed to lure families. Both received ‘B+’ CinemaScores from audiences even if critics were at best lukewarm. Meanwhile, we now know how low Disney’s $200M writeoff John Carter will go: it will be lucky to reach $70M domestic. Starting its 4th weekend in release, this disaster is already discounted at Valley Plaza 6 in Van Nuys for $2 before 6 PM and $3 after.

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posted April 01, 2012 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hunger Games #1 again - $61.1 million.

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"The Hunger Games" continued to dominate the competition, grossing $33.5 million and remaining in first place for the third weekend in a row. The big take was enough to push "The Hunger Games" past the $300 million mark in the U.S. alone, making it bigger than any of the "Twilight" films. Coming in second was "American Reunion," the latest in the "American Pie" franchise, which took in $21.5 million. The 3-D release of James Cameron's "Titanic" sailed to $17.4 million. Box office coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News. Separately, scheduling issues are a potential dark cloud over a sequel for "The Hunger Games," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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posted April 19, 2012 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinRafe   Click Here to Email RobinRafe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hunger Games could win again this week and continue until Avengers opens on May 7.

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Four new films hit theaters this weekend, but moviegoers were still thinking about "Think Like a Man."

In a surprise win, the ensemble comedy topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend, collecting $18 million and bringing its 10-day total to $60.9 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Heading into the weekend, the Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" was expected to be No. 1. Instead, the movie debuted with a disappointing $11.2 million — far under industry projections of at least $18 million, and below even Universal Pictures' modest $13-million prediction.

Three other debuts also failed to make serious dents at the box office. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a 3-D stop-motion animated picture, started with a slightly better $11.4 million — though it cost about $30 million more to produce than "Engagement." The Jason Statham action flick "Safe," meanwhile, grossed an unimpressive $7.7 million, roughly as much as the lackluster $7.3-million opening of the John Cusack horror film "The Raven."

As a result of the weak performance of the slew of new films, ticket sales were down 30% compared with the same three-day period last year, when "Fast Five" debuted with a massive $86.2 million.

"The Five-Year Engagement" marks the second-worst opening ever for writer-director Nicholas Stoller, who teamed with star Jason Segel to pen the relationship comedy. The pair have successfully collaborated together before on projects such as 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and last year's solid hit "The Muppets."

Outside of March's "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" — a low-budget film that never played in more than 500 theaters — Segel has proved to be a reliable box-office draw in recent years. The 32-year-old actor is best known for playing overgrown man-children in movies such as "Marshall" and 2009's "I Love You, Man," and was one of the main reasons moviegoers said they showed up to see "Engagement" this weekend. However, moviegoers — like the critics — were ultimately not enamored with the picture, assigning it an average grade of B-, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Not surprisingly, the film appealed to a 64% female audience — but the crowd was a bit older than is typical for an Apatow film, as 57% were over the age of 30.

The movie, also starring Emily Blunt, follows a couple whose engagement is derailed for half a decade due to career ambitions. Universal and Relativity Media spent about $30 million to make the film.

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" is the latest production from England's Aardman Animations that has failed to resonate in a major way with American audiences. Known for creating films such as "Wallace & Gromit" and "Chicken Run," Aardman's most recent production, last winter's "Arthur Christmas, only grossed $46 million domestically, though it raked in $100 million abroad. "Pirates" should follow that same trajectory, as it has already collected $63.7 million from 49 foreign countries.

In the United States and Canada this weekend, the movie attracted a 76% family audience, who gave the well-reviewed film an average grade of B. The movie, featuring the voice of Hugh Grant as a pirate trying to become buccaneer of the year, had a budget of about $55 million.

"Safe," which stars Statham as a former cop on a mission to save a girl from international gangs, appealed mostly to older men this weekend. The opening for "Safe" was a bit lower than that of the typical Statham film: Last year, the action star's "Killer Elite" started off with $9 million, while "The Mechanic" debuted with $11 million. Audiences who saw his most recent film liked it a tad more than any of the weekend's other new releases, giving it a B+ on CinemaScore.

Lionsgate, which is releasing the film in the United States and Canada on behalf of film finance company IM Global, only paid for the film's prints and advertising costs.

"The Raven" received the most dismal critical reviews of any film hitting theaters this weekend — earning only a paltry 22% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers — 59% of whom were age 25 and older — were more kind, giving the film an average grade of B.

The movie stars Cusack as 19th century author Edgar Allen Poe, who ends up having to face reenactments of the scary stories he penned. The film was made for $26 million by production and financing company Intrepid Pictures but was later acquired by Relativity for about $4 million.

The movie's opening weekend is not great news for Cusack, who has had a mixed track record at the box office in recent years. The 45-year-old actor was part of a phenomenal hit with Roland Emmerich's disaster epic "2012" two years ago, but has had less success with films such as 2007’s “Martian Child” and 2005’s “Must Love Dogs.”

[Updated, 12:13 P.M., April 29: In limited debut, the dark comedy "Bernie" scored the best per-theater average of the year for a specialty release. The film, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black as an undertaker who commits a crime but is still popular in his Texas community, grossed $90,438 over the weekend. Playing in three theaters, that amounted to a strong location average of $30,146. The movie, which is being released by Millennium Entertainment, debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival last June and earned largely positive critical reviews.

Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates:

1. "Think Like a Man" (Sony): $18 million on its second weekend, down 46%. Domestic total: $60.9 million.

2. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" (Sony): Opened with $11.4 million. $5.5 million overseas in 49 foreign markets. International total: $63.6 million.

3. "The Lucky One" (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow): $11.3 million on its second weekend, down 50%. Domestic total: $39.9 million. $4.8 million overseas in 20 foreign markets. International total: $10 million.

4. "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate): $11.3 million on its sixth weekend, down 23%. Domestic total: $372.5 million. $7.4 million overseas in 60 foreign markets. International total: $228.5 million.

5. "The Five-Year Engagement" (Universal/Relativity): Opened with $11.2 million.

6. "Safe" (Lionsgate/IM Global): Opened with $7.7 million.

7. "The Raven" (Relativity/Intrepid): Opened with $7.3 million.

8. "Chimpanzee" (Disney): $5.5 million on its second weekend, down 49%. Domestic total: $19.2 million.

9. "The Three Stooges" (Fox): $5.4 million on its third weekend, down 45%. Domestic total: $37.1 million.

10. "The Cabin in the Woods" (Lionsgate): $4.5 million on its third weekend, down 44%. Domestic total: $34.7 million.]

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Turns out "The Avengers" didn't sell $200.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, as Walt Disney Studios announced Sunday. It made even more.

The Marvel superhero movie actually collected $207.4 million, as it grossed more on Sunday than Disney, Marvel's owner and the movie's distributor, estimated that morning. Disney had said the film would collect $50 million, but it ended up with $57 million.

Sunday morning estimates are often off slightly, but it's rare that they underestimate a film's take by more than a few million dollars. And in the case of "Avengers," it means the record for the all-time biggest domestic opening weekend is now even higher in the stratosphere.

Overseas, "The Avengers" has grossed a total of $447.4 million since opening two weeks ago. Its international gross this past weekend was also higher than Disney estimated on Sunday: $157.5 million, compared with $151.5 million.

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"The Avengers" will take a big bite out of the opening of "Dark Shadows," as the superhero blockbuster is set to dominate the box office for the second consecutive weekend.

After debuting with a record-breaking $207.4 million — the biggest opening weekend ever, not adjusting for inflation — "The Avengers" isn't likely to lose steam at the box office any time soon. In its second weekend, the film featuring beloved comic book characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk is expected to collect an additional $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

Heading into the weekend, the film has already raked in a phenomenal $775.4 million worldwide and is no doubt headed for the elite $1-billion box office club, which has 11 members.

That means that "Dark Shadows," the vampire comedy directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, will have to settle for the runner-up position with a debut of around $40 million. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow co-financed the picture for close to $150 million, meaning the film’s projected debut will be good but not great, considering its substantial budget.

While “The Avengers” will be serious competition for “Dark Shadows,” Warner Bros. is hopeful that many young male moviegoers who have already seen the adventure epic will opt for the Depp film instead this weekend. Both pictures will face one fewer rival this weekend because last month, Paramount Pictures decided to move the release date of "The Dictator" to May 16, five days after the debut of "Dark Shadows."

Paramount made the hasty move because the studio felt that the film starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a dictator from a fictional Middle Eastern country and "Dark Shadows" were offbeat comedies that would have to fight for the same audience.

“Dark Shadows” is the eighth collaboration between Depp and Burton, whose most successful partnership came with 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which made over $1 billion worldwide. The director and actor first teamed on 1990's "Edward Scissorhands," and the quirky pair have since made a handful of similarly eccentric, dark comedies together, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — their second-biggest hit ever.

Based on an ABC soap opera that began in the 1960s, “Dark Shadows” was a passion project for Depp and Burton, both of whom rushed home to watch the television program every day as school boys. In the film, Depp plays Barnabas, an 18th century lothario who is transformed into a vampire, imprisoned in an underground crypt, and only set free in 1972. The movie has earned only middling reviews, notching a 51% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday morning.

"Dark Shadows" will debut overseas this weekend in 42 foreign markets, where Depp has traditionally been popular. With the exception of last year's animated "Rango," every big-budget film the actor has appeared in in the last decade has performed better abroad than domestically. "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise has been especially popular with international audiences, and the last installment, "On Stranger Tides," made roughly $800 million of its $1-billion global take overseas.

In limited release, Lionsgate is debuting "Girl in Progress" in 322 theaters. The film, starring Eva Mendes as a single mother struggling to maintain balance in her personal and professional lives, is being distributed by Pantelion Films, Lionsgate's co-venture with Mexican media company Televisa.

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"Avengers" fans to assemble again: Usually when one big budget movie opens right after another in the summer movie season, there's a rapid shuffling in the rankings. But after the record-busting opening of "The Avengers" last weekend, it's sure to be No. 1 again this weekend, when it will likely drop by 50% or 60% to between $80 million and $100 million. Tim Burton's and Johnny Depp's "Dark Shadows," meanwhile, will debut at a distant No. 2 around $40 million.

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