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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 […]

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE CATCHES FIRE, SETS RECORD

November 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

We have another record. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games Catching Fire has become the biggest November opener ever domestically with an estimated $161.13 million in ticket sales, coming in right on target (no pun intended). Most analysts had predicted an opening in the $150-170-million range, although a few had hesitantly advanced the possibility of its earning […]

BOX OFFICE MAKES A COMEBACK

May 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For most of the year, studio executives were presumably doing much hand-wringing over a box office that seemed to be collapsing compared with last year’s. Both sales and attendance were down nearly 12 percent before Iron Man 3 hit the screens. How things have changed since then. Although Iron Man 3 did not bring in […]

SUPER BOWL DELAY SHEDS A LITTLE DARKNESS ON THE RATINGS

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to that 34-minute delay due to an electrical outage at the New Orleans Superdome — cause: still unknown — CBS can now claim the record for the most viewers during primetime (7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays) in history. The reason is that during previous Super Bowl nights, the post-game “special episode” always […]

NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DRAWS BEST RATINGS EVER

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

An average of 25.8 million viewers watched the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys — the highest ratings ever for the NBC primetime feature. That figure may rise further when final totals are announced later today (Monday). The telecast drew more viewers than all of the competing shows combined […]

HOBBIT FULFILLS GREAT EXPECTATIONS, SETS DEC. RECORD (Updated)

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There was nothing unexpected about the box-office triumph of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey over the weekend. Tracking surveys and movie analysts had predicted that it would set a December ticket-sales record, and it did, taking in an estimated $84.8 million and thereby eclipsing the previous December record of $77.2 million set by I Am […]

STUDIOS BENEFIT FROM BLACK FRIDAY

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Friday this year not only provided a bonanza for retailers but, what with cineplexes anchoring most shopping malls, for movie exhibitors and studios as well. Ordinarily, ticket sales on Friday are 25-35 percent lower than on Saturday. But on the Friday of this Thanksgiving Day holiday, they actually were about 5 percent higher. The […]

GOOD FOR THE GOOSE — MOVIE GANDERERS SET THANKSGIVING RECORD

November 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the fifth Twilight movie and the 23rd James Bond movie raking in $116 million between them and with Oscar hopefuls Lincoln and the Life of Pi producing better-than-expected results, the box office set a new record for a Thanksgiving holiday. In its second week, Twilight: Breaking Dawn –Part 2 added an estimated $65 million […]

THE LAST TWILIGHT IS GLEAMING

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 did not, as many box-office pundits had predicted, set a new record for an opening weekend. It did not even set a new record for the Twilight franchise. (That’s held by 2009’s New Moon with $142.8 million.) But the $141.1 million that it earned nevertheless represents the […]

BREAKING DAWN — PT. 2 OPENS ABOUT FLAT WITH PT. 1

November 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As anticipated, Twilight finale Breaking Dawn — Part 2 opened big with 10:00 p.m. and midnight screenings on Thursday taking in an estimated $30.4 million. That’s about what Part 1 earned a year ago ($30.3 million), when it, too, opened on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Although the figure was huge when compared with similar Thursday-night […]

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