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DISNEY LATEST TO JOIN BAN-THE-SUGAR-AND-FAT LEAGUE

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney chief Robert Iger has unveiled what it calls “Magic of Healthy Living” guidelines to be applied to all of its broadcast and cable programs. In effect, the guidelines will bar makers of sugary and fat-laden products from buying ads on Disney programs. However, the ban does not take effect until 2015. Several companies that […]

THANKS TO CHINA, FOX CROSSES $1-BILLION MARK OVERSEAS

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting Hollywood’s increasing dependence on the expanding Chinese market, 20th Century Fox has become the third studio to cross the $1-billion mark in gross international earnings, following the lead of Disney and Warner Bros. Daily Variety pointed out that the studio was able to reach that milestone relatively quickly as a result of $286 million […]

IS ONLINE VIDEO CANNIBALIZING CABLE TV?

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Online video sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes that offer older TV episodes — including whole seasons of some series — are likely hurting cable TV channels that also offer some of the same shows, according to Anthony DiClemente, media analyst at Barclays Capital. MediaPost‘s MediaDailyNews.com quoted a note to clients from DiClemente in […]

THE AVENGERS IS NOW DISNEY’S TOP FILM EVER

May 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Avengers set yet another record over the weekend. With $55.6 million in domestic ticket sales, it lifted its total to $457.7 million, while its worldwide earnings rose to nearly $1.2 billion — making it in just three weekends the highest-grossing Disney film in history. But what was good news for Disney was depressing news […]

BATTLESHIP SUBMERGED BY AVENGERS‘ FORCE (Updated)

May 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal’s Battleship promptly sailed into the doldrums as it opened domestically this weekend and promptly found itself swamped by the backwash of The Avengers, which continued to set box office records in its third week. The superhero blockbuster, which sold more tickets in its first and second week than any film in history, nabbed a […]

AVENGERS MAY BE SETTING MIDWEEK RECORDS, TOO

May 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers continued to rack up ticket sales during midweek that would have been the envy of any studio on a weekend. On Monday, the movie earned $18.9 million, followed by $17.7 million on Tuesday. Those would appear to be near-record — or possibly record — figures for a film that did not open […]

REPORT: MARVEL AND PARAMOUNT EXECS FEUDING AGAIN

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Marvel executives are reportedly angry over published reports that Paramount stands to pocket at least $115 million in fees for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 without having to shell out a dime in costs, the New York Post reported today (Wednesday), citing unnamed sources. According to those sources, Paramount might have held on to […]

DISNEY REPORTS SOLID QUARTER — DESPITE JOHN CARTER

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

That $300-million John Carter bomb that brought down Rich Ross, the head of Walt Disney Studios, turned out not to be the disaster that many analysts had reckoned it would be. According to the Disney Co.’s quarterly report, the company wound up with a 21-percent increase in profit during the quarter to $1.14 billion, from […]

DISNEY TO PRODUCE AVENGERS SEQUEL. SURPRISED?

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In what was probably the most predictable news release of the decade, the Walt Disney Co. and Marvel said on Tuesday that they will produce a sequel to The Avengers. No release date was announced. The film debuted last weekend with a domestic gross of $207.4 million, by far the biggest weekend take in history. […]

THE AVENGERS: THE EXPECTATIONS SOAR

May 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ticket sales for Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers surged internationally on May 1, the May Day holiday in many countries, raising expectations that the movie’s worldwide gross will soar well past $500 million following this weekend’s opening in North America, China and Russia. Domestically, the film is expected to open in 4,349 locations, with fewer than 1,000 […]

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