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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION UNVEILS SLATE OF THREE FILMS A YEAR

September 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For most studios, turning out even one animated film a year keeps their crews scrambling like so many sorcerer’s apprentices. But DreamWorks Animation has announced a new slate of three films a year for the next four years — with four in 2015. They include two sequels to How to Train Your Dragon, a sequel […]

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 […]

IS THE DREAM FOR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION OVER?

July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeffrey Katzenberg may soon begin looking for a new home for his DreamWorks Animation Co. Published trade and newspaper reports indicate that Paramount plans to develop its own animation studio and cap production costs at $100 million and that it no longer needs the kind of distribution deal it currently has with DWA, in which […]

KUNG FU PANDA RULES OVERSEAS

June 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Kung Fu Panda 2 has overtaken Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at the overseas box office. Now in 45 countries, Panda raked in $56.5 million in 45 countries last weekend to bring its worldwide total to $330 million, Paramount told the Associated Press. (The media measurement firm Rentrak said that the movie earned […]

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS STORMS IN

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office is expected to cool off considerably this weekend. Only one new film is opening wide, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class. Box-office forecasters predict that it will sell about $55-60 million worth of tickets — about half what X-Men: The Last Stand took in ($105.8 million) when it opened in 2006, and […]

PIRATES LOOTS OVERSEAS BOX OFFICE

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides may not be the equal of the previous two Pirates sequels at the North American box office — but overseas it continues to rake in crates of doubloons (and other forms of cash). Last weekend the movie earned $108 million abroad to bring its worldwide gross to $571,302,759. […]

ANALYST TO DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SHAREHOLDERS: SELL

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Although Kung Fu Panda took in a decent if unimpressive $60.9 million over the weekend, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield lowered his 2011 and 2012 for DreamWorks Animation’s stock performance and reiterated his “sell” recommendation. In a note to clients, Greenfield said, “Despite Kung Fu Panda 2 being in 3D this past weekend, its first five-day […]

HANGOVER II: CURE FOR INDUSTRY’S HEADACHE?

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The principal complaint from many critics about The Hangover II was that it lacked the surprise element of the first film and amounted basically to a copy of the original. But the actual surprise came at the box office over the weekend as the movie set an all-time record for a comedy. As reported by […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: KUNG FU PANDA II

May 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

For the most part, critics are not quite so enchanted with the Kung Fu Panda sequel as they were with the original. Nevertheless, most of them reach the same conclusion that Philadelphia Inquirer critic Steven Rea does in the Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s “still more than a cut above the usual family fare.” This is a […]

MEGARESORTS TO FEATURE DREAMWORKS ANIMATION CHARACTERS

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who cut his teeth at the Walt Disney Co., may not be ready to build a DWA version of Disneyland, but he’s certainly busy playing with the idea of using the characters from his popular franchises in popular outdoor settings. Today’s (Thursday) New York Times reported that DWA has agreed […]

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