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LIONSGATE: HUNGRY NO MORE

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Hunger Games has proved to be a bigger feast for Lionsgate than anyone had expected. While many analysts had predicted that the film would turn out to be a solid hit for the so-called minimajor, no one had imaged that after three weekends its total would reach $460 million worldwide, heading for the half-billion […]

CHINA DRIVES WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE TO RECORD LEVEL IN 2011

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With a 35-percent growth spurt in 2011, China helped push the worldwide box office up 3 percent last year to $32.6 billion, despite a 4-percent decline domestically, the MPAA said today (Thursday). According to its annual theatrical statistics report, the overseas box office climbed to $22.4 billion, up 6 percent from 2011, while the domestic […]

RECORD CROWDS AT BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

February 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At the halfway point of the Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — organizers on Tuesday said that already 250,000 tickets had been sold. The number of sales were boosted by the addition of a new venue, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, and it is occurring despite freezing temperatures, snow and ice on the streets, […]

SPIDEY SETS BROADWAY BOX OFFICE RECORD

January 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It looks as if Spider-Man is going to be as big a hit on Broadway as he was in movie theaters. Today’s (Wednesday) New York newspapers reported that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark took in $2,941,794 over nine performances at Foxwood’s Theater in Times Square last week, the most ever earned by a Broadway production […]

SHARES OF THEATER CHAINS NOSEDIVE

December 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Shares of the nation’s largest theater chains have plunged along with ticket sales in the fourth quarter as analysts revised their earnings estimates for the chains after the chains themselves reported revenue declines for the first three quarters — that is, even before the dreadful holiday season. The Hollywood Reporter observed today (Friday) that attendance […]

PUSS’S BOOTS NOT LIKELY TO KICK DWA’S PROFITS

November 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While some investors may have concluded that DreamWorks Animation dodged a bullet after its current release Puss in Boots opened below expectations but saw a minuscule drop in its second week and a small one in its third, at least one leading media analyst thinks that this cat has run out of lives. Richard Greenfield […]

PUSS LIFTS DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S SHARES

November 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

What a difference a weekend makes! Shares of DreamWorks Animation shot up 12 percent on Monday on word that its latest feature, Puss in Boots, declined only 3 percent over the weekend — the smallest drop for a movie during a non-holiday period ever — as it wound up with $33.1 million. A week ago, […]

MOVIEGOERS MILD ABOUT HARRY IN SECOND WEEK AS CAPTAIN TRIUMPHS

July 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget what you heard about a tight race between Paramount’s Captain America and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at the box office this weekend. Despite fewer 3D theaters — fewer screens in general — no IMAX, and far less hype, Captain America reigned triumphant at the box office on Friday […]

POTTER FINALE HAS ALREADY SET A RECORD

July 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It doesn’t open until midnight tonight, But Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has already set a record. Warner Bros. said on Wednesday that the movie had sold $32 million worth of tickets online in advance with many of tonight’s midnight screenings already sold out. That represents the biggest advance sale for any […]

ONLINE TICKET SALES FOR POTTER FINALE MAY SET RECORD

July 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As of Tuesday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 had already collected $25 million in advance ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, which will probably rise to around $31 million by the time midnight screenings of the film begin Thursday night/Friday morning, Warner Bros. said on Tuesday. Daily Variety reported that the […]

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