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AFTER FIVE-YEAR DECLINE, SMOKING IN MOVIES RISES

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After five years of declining instances of smoking scenes in movies, onscreen smoking rose last year, according to a study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco. The study found that several films with smoking scenes particularly attracted a younger, more impressionable audience, like Rango and X-Men First Class. The study was published […]

RANGO GUNS DOWN RIVALS IN HOME VIDEO DEBUT

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount may again have been thinking “Who needs DreamWorks Animation?” when its own home-grown Rango climbed to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales charts despite being in stores only two days last week. Moreover, according to Home Media, magazine, 46 percent of its sales were recorded for Blu-ray discs. Earlier this month Paramount […]

CABLE NETWORKS PUT VIACOM BACK IN THE BLACK

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With ad revenue at its cable networks up 12 percent in its second quarter, Viacom on Thursday reported higher-than-expected profits of $39 million. A year ago, it reported an $83-million loss for the same quarter. Each of the media company’s principal networks, including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and BET, reported strong earnings. The company in particular […]

KATZENBERG SAYS SOME “SUCCESSFUL” FILMS AREN’T

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While several media writers have written about how strongly animated feature films have been performing at the box office this year, DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg begs to differ. In a conference call following the release of first quarter financial results, Katzenberg remarked that some animated movies released this year have performed poorly, even though […]

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 […]

HOP CAN’T BOOST BOX OFFICE

April 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hop didn’t jump quite so far as Universal had estimated. Still, with $37.5 million, it performed better than analysts had predicted going into the weekend. Weekend estimates, which are released on Sunday, are based on actual figures for Friday and Saturday and an informed guess for Sunday. The film had opened on Friday with $11.5 […]

ANOTHER “DOWN” WEEK AT THE BOX OFFICE

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest entries in the box office competition may have performed better than most analysts had predicted but their performances did not halt the almost uninterrupted weekly decline in ticket sales since December. The only “up” week was the Presidents Day weekend last month — and only because the holiday did not occur on the […]

LIMITLESS STRETCHES ITS LIMITS

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Relativity Media’s Limitless far exceeded the limits that box-office analysts had prophesied for it. While most had predicted that it would earn under $15 million, the film wound up with an estimated $19 million and topped all other films over the weekend. Two other films also debuted at the high end of expectations: Lionsgate’s The […]

TIGHT WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE RACE PREDICTED

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Box-office forecasters are hedging their bets when it comes to predicting the probable top film this weekend. Three films are opening in wide release, The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, and Paul, starring a CGI extraterrestrial voiced by Seth Rogen. Virtually all of the box-office prognosticators are predicting that the race […]

BOX OFFICE SLUMP CONTINUES

March 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The virtually uninterrupted downtrend in ticket sales this year was extended once again as total receipts this weekend fell more than 13 percent behind last year’s for the comparable week. The top moneymaker was Battle: Los Angeles, with $35.6 million,but that was just a little more half what Disney’s Alice in Wonderland earned in its […]

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