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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 […]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: IT’LL BE THE PITTS

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

More and more, it seems, ticket sales at this time of year would appear to hinge on activity at shopping malls, where many theaters are located as “anchor” tenants. Black Friday brings out the big crowds, many of whom head to the cineplex at the end of their shopping day; ergo record sales in the […]

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 […]

THANKSGIVING — A TIME FOR TURKEY AND FOOTBALL

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a feast for football over the Thanksgiving holiday. On Thursday, NBC’s telecast of the Patriots/Jets game averaged 15.9 million viewers. (Earlier an NFL overrun into primetime on Fox drew 17.9 million viewers.) College football (Notre Dame/USC) on Saturday dominated the ratings as the ABC coverage averaged 15.9 million viewers. The combined audience of […]

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 […]

DAWN IS NO TWILIGHT; NEITHER IS GUARDIANS NOR PI

November 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Parents with teens and younger children may find themselves separating at the cineplex over the Thanksgiving holiday — mom, dad, and the younger ones heading for the theaters showing DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians; the teens and tweens, taking off to see the Twilight finale — some of them for the second — or […]

NFL’S MUST-SEE THURSDAY

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The NFL Network boasted on Monday that its Thursday Night Football telecasts averaged 6.2 million viewers this season — a record for the network and up 8 percent from last year’s record high. In addition, it said, online and mobile viewing added another 450,000 to the total. In a statement, the cable network noted that […]

DAWN FAR FROM DEAD IN SECOND WEEK

November 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There was still plenty of life in the undead over the Thanksgiving holiday, illustrated by the estimated $62.3 million that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 brought in over the five-day period. The romvamp tale collected about $42 million over the three-day weekend (Friday through Sunday). Box office mavens regarded that result as […]

HARRY BEATS HAIRY AT HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE

November 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As expected, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 remained magical at the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday, earning $50.3 million over the weekend and $76.3 million from Wednesday, according to studio estimates. But Disney’s animated musical Tangled, based on the Rapunzel fairy tale, proved to be a worthy competitor as […]

THANKSGIVING: FOOTBALL & TURKEY IN THAT ORDER

November 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanksgiving has become a day of the year when friends and family get together in the late afternoon, watch the network telecast of the NFL game, then sit down together for dinner — and turn their television sets off. Thursday was no exception. The overrun of the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game on Fox at […]