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SHREK, MADAGASCAR, ET AL TO GET A THEME PARK

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation, which once had plans to create a theme park in Dubai, where malls boast such entertainments as ski slopes and ice rinks — a project that fell through — has now agreed to team up with a mall developer in New Jersey to launch a similar theme park at an elaborate mall that […]

BRAVE RIGHT ON TARGET WITH $66.7 MILLION

June 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s Pixar kept its 13-film winning streak alive over the weekend by posting an estimated $66.7 million in ticket sales for Brave, topping the high end of expectations. The victory follows on the heels of Disney’s triumph with The Avengers, from its other acquired studio, Marvel, which has piled up nearly $600 million domestically and […]

DISNEY TO HELP CHINA BUILD ANIMATION BUSINESS

April 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood’s fascination with China as a future frontier took on a new dimension Tuesday as the Chinese government and the Walt Disney Company announced the creation of the National Animation Creative Research and Development Cooperation [sic]. In a statement, Disney International Chairman Andy Bird said that the plan was to bolster China’s animation industry by […]

ON DVD PUSS IN BOOTS IS THE CAT’S MEOW

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As expected, the DVD sales chart was dominated last week by the debut of DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots. Nielsen VideoScan First Alert observed that the movie, a prequel to Shrek, earned twice as much as the No. 2 DVD finisher, Universal’s Tower Heist and the No. 3 finisher, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — […]

CHINA INSTITUTES NEW OPEN-DOOR POLICY TOWARDS HOLLYWOOD

February 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to the U.S. ended on Friday with the surprise announcement that China would ease its restrictions on the number of foreign movies that it permits to be screened in the country and will raise the amount of ticket revenue that studios can receive. The deal raises to […]

SALES SLIDE FOR KUNG FU PANDA 2 AND OTHER DVD’S

December 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Time was when animated movies accounted for a huge percentage of DVD sales. After all, children never seem to tire of playing the same movie multiple times. But now they can do so without touching a disc — if their parents subscribe to an online rental site like Netflix, which allows kids to watch the […]

PUSS’S BOOTS NOT LIKELY TO KICK DWA’S PROFITS

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While some investors may have concluded that DreamWorks Animation dodged a bullet after its current release Puss in Boots opened below expectations but saw a minuscule drop in its second week and a small one in its third, at least one leading media analyst thinks that this cat has run out of lives. Richard Greenfield […]

IMMORTALS VS. NINE LIVES AT BOX OFFICE

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s receiving lousy reviews and unexcited buzz, but Relativity Media’s The Immortals is the favorite to win the weekend box office race. Its principal competition comes from two other newcomers, Warner Bros.’ J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (which opened on Wednesday) and Sony’s Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler (which […]

PUSS LIFTS DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S SHARES

November 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

What a difference a weekend makes! Shares of DreamWorks Animation shot up 12 percent on Monday on word that its latest feature, Puss in Boots, declined only 3 percent over the weekend — the smallest drop for a movie during a non-holiday period ever — as it wound up with $33.1 million. A week ago, […]

PUSS IN BOOTS A SURPRISE NO. 1 AT BOX OFFICE (Updated)

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Puss in Boots turned out to be something of a cat burglar over the weekend as the Paramount/DreamWorks Animation 3D feature stole the No. 1 spot away from Tower Heist, which most pundits predicted would be a blowout winner. According to studio estimates, Puss nabbed $33 million in its second weekend, down just 3 percent […]

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