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HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHINA IF YOU’RE A FILMMAKER

December 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Although China accounts for about 5 percent of worldwide ticket sales, certain types of movies generate far more than that, according to a study by Robert Cain, a producer and veteran studio consultant on China. In an article for his China Film Biz blog, Cain observes that in 2011, the Chinese box office accounted for […]

ANOTHER “DOWN” WEEK AT THE BOX OFFICE

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest entries in the box office competition may have performed better than most analysts had predicted but their performances did not halt the almost uninterrupted weekly decline in ticket sales since December. The only “up” week was the Presidents Day weekend last month — and only because the holiday did not occur on the […]

LIMITLESS STRETCHES ITS LIMITS

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Relativity Media’s Limitless far exceeded the limits that box-office analysts had prophesied for it. While most had predicted that it would earn under $15 million, the film wound up with an estimated $19 million and topped all other films over the weekend. Two other films also debuted at the high end of expectations: Lionsgate’s The […]

JAPANESE MOVIE BUSINESS HIT HARD BY DISASTER

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami,i disasters in Japan, the box office in that country collapsed 41 percent from the previous weekend, mostly due to theater closures in the hard-hit northern area, Daily Variety reported today (Monday). Distributors nevertheless opened three new titles, including Disney’s Tangled (but that film did about half the […]

TIGHT WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE RACE PREDICTED

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office forecasters are hedging their bets when it comes to predicting the probable top film this weekend. Three films are opening in wide release, The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, and Paul, starring a CGI extraterrestrial voiced by Seth Rogen. Virtually all of the box-office prognosticators are predicting that the race […]

BOX OFFICE SLUMP CONTINUES

March 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The virtually uninterrupted downtrend in ticket sales this year was extended once again as total receipts this weekend fell more than 13 percent behind last year’s for the comparable week. The top moneymaker was Battle: Los Angeles, with $35.6 million,but that was just a little more half what Disney’s Alice in Wonderland earned in its […]

WITH LIGHT OPPOSITION, ALIENS CAPTURE BOX OFFICE

March 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t much of a battle at all at the box office — as Battle: Los Angeles obliterated its rivals in its debut. Coming in at the top end of forecasts, the movie earned an estimated $36 million in ticket sales. On the other hand, the werewolf flick Red Riding Hood didn’t take much of […]

ALIENS AND WEREWOLVES INVADE THEATERS

March 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Aliens land at the box office this weekend in two movies but are expected to emerge victorious in only one of them. That one is Battle: Los Angeles, starring Aaron Eckhart, which is expected to earn $30-35 million. It reportedly cost about $75 million to make. But another alien film, Mars Needs Moms, which cost […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

March 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times lets loose a verbal barrage against Battle: Los Angeles that is far more unsparing than any digital-effects weapon the U.S. Marines employ against the alien invaders in the actual movie. It’s a classic critique that begins this way: “Battle: Los Angeles is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid. Its manufacture […]

ALIENS MAY LAND IN COURT

August 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony Pictures is "exploring legal options" after learning that a company that it hired to create visual effects for its upcoming alien-invasion blockbuster, Battle: Los Angeles, produced its own low-budget alien-invasion flick, according to DeadlineHollywood.com. The website reported on Monday that Greg and Colin Strause, who run the effects house Hydraulx, did not inform Sony […]