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REPORT: UNIVERSAL’S MEYER TO BE “KICKED UPSTAIRS”

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Comcast plans to replace Universal chief Ron Meyer with DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider after the Olympics, the New York Post reported today (Wednesday), citing unnamed sources. The newspaper said that Snider, who is friendly with Comcast chief Brian Roberts, has been “actively working to get the job.” It noted that its source believes that Disney, which […]

GEFFEN: ANOTHER NEW MOVIE STUDIO? “IMPOSSIBLE”

July 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

David Geffen, who was once one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood — he was already a billionaire several times over from his music business when he cofounded DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994 — now appears to be content remaining on the sidelines. Appearing at a news conference with television […]

MADAGASCAR 3 SHIFTING AD FUNDS TO DIGITAL

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If the marketing plan for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is any indication, Hollywood’s studios may be moving past the traditional strategy of devoting most of their advertising budgets to Thursday-night television commercials and weekend newspaper ads. “We are migrating more and more of our budget to online and digital,” Anne Globe, chief marketing officer […]

WILL DREAMWORKS SURVIVE?

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The ability of DreamWorks to continue turning out costly productions may be tested in coming weeks as it exhausts its first round of financing, including its $325 million from partner Reliance Entertainment and a matching $325-million loan from J.P. Morgan Securities. According to the New York Times, while the original deal called for Reliance and […]

FOOTLOOSE TRIPPED BY REAL STEEL

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount’s Footloose, which held a slim lead at the box office on Friday and Saturday, lost its footing on Sunday and wound up in second place for the weekend as Disney/DreamWorks’s Real Steel made a comeback, thanks to Sunday’s influx of family audiences at many theaters. Neither film had much to boast about, however. Real […]

STEEL CUTS LOOSE (Updated)

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There was another photo finish at the box office again this weekend. Preliminary estimates put the second week of Disney/DreamWorks’s Real Steel in the lead with $16.3 million, with Paramount’s Footloose close behind with $16.1 million. But there was a strong possibility that those two films could switch positions when the final tally is announced […]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE IN LINE WITH RECENT YEARS

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The last weekend of August is generally a weak period at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, last year the gross for the top 12 movies came to $90.1 million. In 2009 it was $109.8 million; in 2008, just $74 million; in 2007, $97 million; and in 2006, $84.1 million — an average […]

THE HELP MAY NEED NONE TO LEAD BOX OFFICE

August 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

After being edged out by Rise of the Planet of the Apes at the box office last weekend, DreamWorks’s The Help took the lead during the midweek, earning $11.8 million between Monday and Wednesday versus $9.6 million for Apes. It also received an A+ rating from moviegoers, according to market research firm CinemaScore. Now some […]

APES SWINGS TO THE TOP AGAIN

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of the top movies earned more at the box office on Sunday than their respective studios had estimated. <I>Rise of the Planet of the Apes </I>fell 49 percent in its second weekend to $27.8 million, crossing the $100 million mark after just ten days and bringing its domestic gross to $105.2 million. In second […]

THE HELP NEEDS NONE IN WEDNESDAY DEBUT

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks’s The Help, based on the best-selling novel, got off to a solid if unspectacular start on Wednesday with an estimated $5 million. Box office forecasters are predicting that it should wind up with about $20-25 million by Sunday. The studio would by no means be disappointed with that result since the movie reportedly cost […]

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