Tuesday, November 24, 2020

RIO: OFFICIALLY THE TOP DEBUT OF 2011

April 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Final box office results for the weekend came in somewhat below studio estimates, but, with a final total of $39.2 million, the No. 1 film, Rio, remained the year’s box-office champ, edging out the previous top ticket seller, Rango, which opened with $38.1 million. But while Rio beat the forecasts of many experts, Scream 4 […]

AVATAR IS MOST PIRATED MOVIE EVER

December 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The film that earned the most at the box office in 2010 was also the most pirated. According to TorrentFreak.com, which tracks BitTorrent websites, 20th Century Fox’s Avatar was downloaded 16.58 million times in 2010. (The film was actually released in December 2009, but TorrentFreak does not indicate whether Avatar was bootlegged online during that […]

LIONSGATE: ITS CUP RUNNETH OVER

August 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This is turning out to be quite a week for Lionsgate. On Tuesday, the company reported a $64-million loss for its fiscal first quarter. On Wednesday, activist investor Carl Icahn extended his offer to investors to tender their stock to him at $6.50 per share. The new deadline is Oct. 22. Also on Wednesday it […]

“KICK-ASS” KICKS “DRAGON” OUT OF FIRST PLACE

April 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

For the second week in a row, the film that was listed at No. 1 at the box office when weekend estimates were released on Sunday had to change place with the film that was listed at No. 2 when final — and official — results were announced. With $19.83 million, Lionsgate’s Kick-Ass edged out […]

INGLOURIOUS OPENING FOR “KICK-ASS”

April 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The hyperviolent superheroes in Lionsgate’s action comedy Kick-Ass had their behinds whacked by the friendly dragons and Scottish-accented Vikings in Paramount/DreamWorks’s How to Train Your Dragon over the weekend. Or at least, so it seemed on Sunday morning as the studios issued their weekend estimates. Paramount said that Dragon soared to the top again in […]

“KICK-ASS” LIKELY TO PUMMEL RIVALS THIS WEEKEND

April 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Box office analysts are predicting that the R-rated comedy Kick-Ass will do just that this weekend to win its clash with Clash of the Titans, which has held the lead for the past two weekends but which is expected to slip to second place this time around. Another R-rated comedy, Death at a Funeral is […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “KICK-ASS”

April 16, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Kick-Ass is expected to appeal primarily to so-called fanboys, those who eagerly snatched up the original comic book by the tens of thousands. The Chicago Sun-Times‘s Roger Ebert is not among them. Calling the film “morally reprehensible,” he writes: “A movie camera makes a record of whatever is placed in front of it, and in […]

ICAHN RAISES HIS BID — AGAIN — TO BUY LIONS GATE

April 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Carl Icahn has raised his bid to buy all of Lions Gate Entertainment — this time to $7.00 per share. His previous bid had been $6.00. “We decided to raise our offer price not because we believed $6 per share to be inadequate but rather because we felt it necessary to make every effort to […]