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BATMAN AND SPIDEY SQUARE OFF IN CHINA

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a nearly two-month period in which only locally produced movies were allowed to be shown in China, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises made their debut in the country, going head to head. The results were unimpressive. The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $5.46 million while the Dark Knight Rises took […]

TICKET BOOTH MIMICS JOHN WILKES; SLAYS ABE (Updated)

June 25, 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. Disney allowed only a modest roll-out overseas, which is preoccupied with the Euro 2012 soccer finals. Nevertheless, Brave opened in 10 markets with $13.5 million, putting it […]

TWO NEW MOVIES TAKE A DIVE — AS DOES BOX OFFICE

June 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disappointing performances by two debuting films featuring stars who are usually guaranteed winners pushed the box office into the losing column again over the weekend. Final figures showed that Warner Bros.’ Rock of Ages, which featured Tom Cruise as an ’80s rock star collected only $14.4 million, while Sony’s That’s My Boy, starring Adam Sandler, […]

MADAGASCAR 3 ROARS; CRUISE AND SANDLER WHIMPER (Updated)

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a jungle out there in Movieland over the weekend as the animated animals of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, created by DreamWorks Animation, pounced on the likes of Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler to take in an estimated $35.5 million in the movie’s second weekend at the box office. The figure exceeded analysts’ […]

MADAGASCAR 3 LIKELY TO TROUNCE CRUISE AND SANDLER

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Warner Bros./New Line movie version of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages — this one featuring Tom Cruise in a rollicking performance as a rock singer — and a new, raunchier Adam Sandler movie, That’s My Boy, arrive in theaters this weekend, but analysts are predicting that both will be beaten by the DreamWorks […]

BOX OFFICE: TALKING ANIMALS BEAT TALKING ROBOT (Updated)

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There was something for everybody at the box office over the weekend, with families heading out for DreamWorks/Paramount’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and adult audiences bound for 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus. And while Friday night drew big crowds for the Ridley Scott sci-fi epic, Saturday and Sunday belonged to the kids. The result was […]

MADAGASCAR 3 WINS OVERSEAS, TOO

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was, well, the most wanted, particularly in Europe. Of a $75.5-million foreign gross, $7.6 million came from France alone. Nevertheless, the opening of Euro 2012 clearly had an effect on attendance, with several countries reporting steep drop-offs from Friday to Saturday. The second week of Prometheus drew a solid […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PROMETHEUS

June 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Clearly, given the reputation that Ridley Scott’s Alien had as one of the great classics of sci-fi film, his prequel, Prometheus, has fostered high expectations. Several critics have suggested that they have gone unfulfilled. “Watching Prometheus is like opening a deluxe gift box from Tiffany’s to find a mug from the dollar store,” writes Ty […]

THANKS TO CHINA, FOX CROSSES $1-BILLION MARK OVERSEAS

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting Hollywood’s increasing dependence on the expanding Chinese market, 20th Century Fox has become the third studio to cross the $1-billion mark in gross international earnings, following the lead of Disney and Warner Bros. Daily Variety pointed out that the studio was able to reach that milestone relatively quickly as a result of $286 million […]

MEN IN BLACK 3 A HUGE OVERSEAS HIT

June 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The overseas audience’s love affair with Will Smith appeared undiminished as Men in Black 3 took in more abroad in its second week than it did domestically in its first. The Sony film added $79.1 million to its foreign gross, which now stands at $275.4 million. Today’s (Monday) Hollywood Reporter noted that in Germany, it […]