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SMAUG IS LESS THAN BREATHTAKING IN DEBUT

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With an estimated $73.6-million opening, Warner Bros. and MGM executives had nothing to feel desolate about, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug earned 13 percent less than The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey did over the comparable weekend a year ago. That film set a record for December, and some forecasters had predicted that the […]

FROZEN CATCHES FIRE

December 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Frozen iced it this weekend — coming in at No. 1 with an estimated $31.6 million, ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which had held the lead for the past two weeks, but which wound up with about $27 million in its third go-round. While Lionsgate’s dystopian thriller took an early lead on Friday, […]

CATCHING FIRE BREAKS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND RECORD

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire gobbled up an estimated $74.5 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend following Thanksgiving and $110.2 million over the five-day holiday period, according to estimates by studio Lionsgate. That put its domestic gross after just ten days to nearly $300 million. It has earned almost that amount overseas as […]

BLACK FRIDAY WAS GREEN AT BOX OFFICE

November 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With shopping malls packed on Black Friday, just about every film in the top ten more than doubled the amount it brought in on Thursday, when those malls were virtually barren. Demonstrating once again how dependent the film industry is on the vitality of the general retail trade — movie multiplexes are the anchor tenants […]

LARRY KING AND CNN: THE TIES THAT UNBIND

February 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Larry King’s second life at CNN as the host of quarterly specials has ended after only four such specials aired, the last one in December, in which King startlingly remarked that he wanted to be frozen after he died, published reports observed on Wednesday. After he was replaced by Piers Morgan in January 2011 after […]