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THE AVENGERS SETS YET ANOTHER RECORD

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chalk up yet another record for The Avengers: fastest film ever to reach $1 billion worldwide. It did so on Sunday, barely, as the Marvel/Disney movie earned $103.2 million in North America and $95.4 million abroad, putting its worldwide total at $1.002 billion. By contrast, the Johnny Depp vampire drama Dark Shadows looked toothless, pulling […]

THE ARTIST RETURNS — BUT NOBODY CARES

May 14, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Oscar winner The Artist did OK at the box office in its initial run, earning $44 million, even without ever hitting the top ten. But it earned nearly twice that amount overseas. So executives at the Weinstein Co. figured that there must be a bigger audience for the movie at home, too, and they decided […]

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 […]

TITANIC HAS TITANIC DEBUT ON CHINESE IMAX SCREENS

April 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the 3D version of Titanic producing so-so business domestically and only slightly better business in most foreign countries, all eyes are now on China, where the original version barely saw the light of day in theaters. Although the distributor, Fox International, only receives a fraction of ticket sales compared to North America and Europe, […]

REPORT: OBAMA LETTER HELPED OPEN CHINA TO HOLLYWOOD

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In late December, President Obama wrote a personal letter to Chinese president Hu Jintao urging the Chinese leader to make good on repeated promises to allow more foreign films to be shown in the country and to increase the percentage of box-office revenue that foreign producers may receive, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cited […]

CONTENT WEARS THE CROWN AGAIN

December 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a good time to be in the “content” business, Merrill Lynch media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen indicated at a media conference in New York on Thursday. With broadband outlets and video-on-demand platforms multiplying quickly, producers of programming — particularly hit programming — have more customers than ever. “The value of hit programming has […]

NEWS CORP (FOX), DIRECTV MAKE PEACE

November 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a rerun of the ending of similar battles between broadcast networks and satellite and cable distributors, News Corp and DirecTV have reached an agreement that will keep Fox-owned networks on the satellite broadcaster without interruption. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but DirecTV has claimed that Fox had been demanding a 40 percent […]

DISNEY TO LAY OFF 250; OTHER STUDIOS MAY FOLLOW

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Noting sweeping changes in the way movies are being distributed these days — on small, inexpensive discs rather than bulky, expensive film reels — and a downturn in sales of DVDs, published reports said on Monday that Disney plans to lay off about 250 persons, mostly in its distribution and home video units. Several reports […]

NETFLIX — FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS

April 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix said Monday that while it mailed out fewer DVDs during the first quarter of this year versus the same quarter last year, its profits rose a whopping 86 percent. Online streaming accounted for the growth, the company said, as many of its 23.6 million subscribers (up from 14 million last year) opted to view […]

WILL RANGO BE A HIT OR A COSTLY MISS?

March 7, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Critics, by and large, may have loved Rango, and their positive reviews may have helped boost ticket sales for the quirky animated film, but word-of-mouth may prove iffy. Animated movies ordinarily have the longest legs of any film genre, showing the smallest week-to-week drop. But according to Las Vegas-based CinemaScore, which polls rank-and-file moviegoers over […]

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