Wednesday, February 20, 2019

DISNEY CLAIMS U.K. COMPANY IS KNOCKING OFF ITS TITLES

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney has demanded that a British production company, Brightspark Production Ltd., stop selling DVDs with covers that may mislead consumers to believe that they are buying Disney productions. Some consumers have complained that the films inside the DVD boxes bear little relation to the cover artwork. Among Brightspark’s titles: Braver, similar to Disney’s Brave; Tangled […]

NO NEW MOVIES TO OPEN WIDE THIS WEEKEND

December 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Given that the weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday is notoriously lame at the box office, studios this year have tossed in the towel: not one of them is opening a movie wide. Some have elected to widen a few films already in release and bring back a few Oscar contenders that were originally released earlier […]

THANKSGIVING BOX OFFICE DOWN

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers apparently didn’t get the message that they were supposed to lift the box office to a new Thanksgiving Day record over the weekend. To be sure, they turned out in force, but not in the numbers that pundits had forecast. As everyone had expected, the second week of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — […]

HARRY POTTER PERFORMS MAGIC ON DVD

April 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The DVD charts looked like Potter’s fields last week as all seven Harry Potter movies managed to make the top 20 on Nielsen Videoscan’s First Alert sales chart for the week. The chart was headed, of course, by last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ‹ Part 1. Home Media magazine — this despite […]

JAPANESE MOVIE BUSINESS HIT HARD BY DISASTER

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami,i disasters in Japan, the box office in that country collapsed 41 percent from the previous weekend, mostly due to theater closures in the hard-hit northern area, Daily Variety reported today (Monday). Distributors nevertheless opened three new titles, including Disney’s Tangled (but that film did about half the […]

DISNEY TESTING PREMIUM VOD IN PORTUGAL

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney has gone to Portugal to test so-called premium video-on-demand, offering its hit Tangled on a cable system six weeks after its theatrical debut in that country. The test was conducted in Portugal presumably because the cable company that offered the film and Disney’s theatrical distributor are corporate siblings. In the U.S., some film chains […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: GNOMEO AND JULIET

February 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Tangled and Yogi Bear, which are still raking in millions after months in release, are finally getting some new competition for the family audience — the relatively low-budget Gnomeo and Juliet. The reviews aren’t half bad. That is, most are in fact quite good. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal praises the “smart, spirited […]

DISNEY, UNABLE TO MOUNT POPULAR GAMES, SLASHES GAME UNIT

January 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite their enormous financial and content resources, movie studios have traditionally encountered rough seas in launching video games, often beaten by small, upstart companies. The Walt Disney Co. — which seemingly ought to be able to convert its popular animated titles to appealing games — has annually lost hundreds of millions of dollars on the […]

TANGLED CROSSES $150-MILLION MARK

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After years of being overshadowed by corporate sibling Pixar, Disney Animation Studios’ has a bona fide hit. Its Tangled crossed the $150-million mark at the domestic box office on Tuesday as it continues to pack ’em in despite having opened five weeks ago during the Thanksgiving weekend. Daily Variety reported today (Thursday) that Tangled grossed […]

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE: EVEN WORSE THAN ESTIMATED

December 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Box office revenue for the holiday weekend plunged deeper than originally estimated, led by Little Fockers, which, although landing in first place, took in $30.8 million, down from Sunday’s estimate of $34 million. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, came in at $9.48 million, down from Sunday’s estimate of $10.8 million. And […]

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