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THE AVENGERS: THE EXPECTATIONS SOAR

May 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ticket sales for Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers surged internationally on May 1, the May Day holiday in many countries, raising expectations that the movie’s worldwide gross will soar well past $500 million following this weekend’s opening in North America, China and Russia. Domestically, the film is expected to open in 4,349 locations, with fewer than 1,000 […]

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHIPS JACK SPARROW

November 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Captain America: The First Avenger sent Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to the plank last week. The Marvel superhero debuted in first place on the DVD and Blu-ray Disc charts, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert. According to Home Media magazine, Blu-ray Disc sales for Captain America accounted for […]

DISNEY HOLDS ITS OWN COMIC-CON, AND IT’S A HIT

August 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Walt Disney Co.’s D23 Expo — the title refers to 1923, the year Disney launched his studio — proved to be a bigger hit than the company had hoped for. The New York Times reported that more than 40,000 people paid between $22 to $136 (plus $12 for parking) to attend what the company […]

THOR: THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER

May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Marvel’s Thor may not have been among the most popular superheroes to grace the pages of the publisher’s comic books, but as a movie character, portrayed by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, he certainly has held his own. With an estimated $66-million opening, he beat out the original X-Men ($54.5 million), The Fantastic Four ($58.1 million), […]

FAST FIVE SETS OVERSEAS RECORD FOR UNIVERSAL

May 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fast Five has given Universal its biggest overseas gross for a single weekend in the studio’s history. Widening to 6,979 locations in 58 countries in its third week overseas — it opened in several key markets a week before its domestic debut — the movie took in $86.6 million — without the benefit of 3D […]

BRANAGH WAITING TO SEE IF THOR THUNDERS

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Kenneth Branagh, the improbable director of Marvel’s latest superhero flick Thor, is taking no bets on whether the movie will get Hollywood’s summer season off the ground when it debuts on Friday. “I’m immune to the idea of how to second-guess what an audience would spend its money on,” he told Reuters. “I can only […]

THOR HEADS LIGHTNING FAST TO #1 OVERSEAS

May 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Overseas, Paramount’s Thor appeared to be somewhat of a marvel in its own right as the movie pulled in a solid $83 million from 56 countries. The superhero flick, which stars Chris Hemsworth in the title role, doesn’t open in the U.S. and Canada until next weekend, but if overseas reaction is any predictor, the […]

AHNULD WILL BE BAHCK AS THE GOVERNATOR

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to the screen in an animated TV series he is developing with Stan Lee, who co-created such classic Marvel comic-book characters as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Schwarzenegger said he and Lee are developing an animated TV […]

SPIDER-MAN: BROADWAY’S COSTLIEST FLOP?

February 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently concluding that Broadway producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark planned to keep pushing back the official premiere of the musical ad infinitum, New York theater critics decided to break protocol Tuesday and review it while it was still in previews. They unanimously damned the $65-million production. Michael Riedel, who writes the “Broadway Matinee” […]

DISNEY IN MARVEL-OUS DEAL WITH PARAMOUNT

October 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Walt Disney Co. clearly wants to put its imprimatur on its Marvel superhero blockbusters as soon as possible. The company, which bought Marvel Entertainment last year for $4 billion, has signed a deal with Paramount in which it would take over marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, in return for […]

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