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BATMAN AND SPIDEY SQUARE OFF IN CHINA

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a nearly two-month period in which only locally produced movies were allowed to be shown in China, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man and Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight Rises made their debut in the country, going head to head. The results were unimpressive. The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $5.46 million while the Dark Knight Rises took […]

RAUNCH AND SEX RULE AT WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

July 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Records of sorts were set at the box office last weekend. The Los Angeles Times discovered that for the first time in history two R-rated movies earned more than $21 million apiece. In fact, Ted, with $54.4 million, and Magic Mike, with $39.1 million, according to the final official tally, did it with millions to […]

HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHINA IF YOU’RE A FILMMAKER

December 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Although China accounts for about 5 percent of worldwide ticket sales, certain types of movies generate far more than that, according to a study by Robert Cain, a producer and veteran studio consultant on China. In an article for his China Film Biz blog, Cain observes that in 2011, the Chinese box office accounted for […]

PARAMOUNT TO OFFER LATEST TRANSFORMERS MOVIE ON OWN SITE

October 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a landmark antitrust ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 (United States vs. Paramount Pictures) motion picture studios were barred from owning the theaters that showed their movies. Since then, they have operated through distribution companies (most of which they own themselves) that are essentially middlemen between themselves and theater owners. A similar […]

APES RISES — AND SO DOES CHERNIN

August 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Peter Chernin, who was believed to be the likely successor to Rupert Murdoch until Murdoch made it clear that he wanted one of his sons to take over when he stepped down, must have been experiencing a profusion of schadenfreude Monday as final box office figures showed that the first film from Chernin Entertainment, Rise […]

“TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” EARNS $1 BILLION

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon crossed the $1-billion mark in worldwide ticket sales on Tuesday, Paramount announced today (Wednesday). The third installment of the franchise has nabbed $338 million in North America and $663 million overseas. The studio said that it was first Paramount movie to join the billion-dollar club (only nine other movies are […]

IMAX’S NOT-SO-BIG QUARTER

July 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

For weeks, IMAX has been touting its record-breaking results from summer releases of such films as Disney’s Cars 2, Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It now turns out that it will need those results, which will mostly show up in the third quarter, to offset […]

HALLOWS: FIRST IN SALES; SIXTH IN ATTENDANCE

July 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It didn’t come close to the $195 million that some of the wildest forecasts envisaged, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 did earn slightly more than Warner Bros.’ Sunday estimate — coming in at $169.2 million, a record for a three-day domestic weekend (versus the estimated $168.55 million). That record was achieved, […]

HALLOWS IS DEATHLY TO BOX-OFFICE RECORDS

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 shattered one record after another over the weekend, culminating with an estimated $168.6 million domestically for the three days, making it the all-time champion for a regular weekend opener. The previous record, $158.4 million, set in 2008, was held by another Warner Bros. film, The […]

KOREAN EXHIBITOR LAUNCHES 4D MOVIE SCREENINGS

July 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Just when you were thinking that audiences have had their fill of 3D, it’s being reported that a Korean company is screening 4D movies with solid success. Britain’s Guardian newspaper says that the company, CJ 4DPlex, has refurbished theaters with vibrating and moving seats, wind machines, strobe lights, and devices that deliver scents throughout the […]

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