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WILL PIRATES CAPTURE BIG BOOTY AGAIN?

May 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Studios and theater owners alike are hoping that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will bring clear sailing back to the industry, which has been struggling at the box office during most of the year. Some analysts are forecasting that the Disney movie could become the first release of the year to crack the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

May 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics who had their swords out for the last Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, At World’s End, have managed to thrust them in to the hilt with the latest one, On Stranger Tides. The film has received not a single positive review from a major critic. The least caustic is Betsy Sharkey’s in the Los […]

MARS NEEDS MOMS FLOP DRAGS DOWN DISNEY

May 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While a single blockbuster movie can lift a media conglomerate’s earnings dramatically, the latest quarterly earnings report from the Walt Disney Co. indicates that a single big-budget flop can pull it down just as dramatically. Such was the case with the failure of Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150 million to produce but earned […]

HOLLYWOOD’S SEQUELITIS WORSENS

February 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Lending further credence to film industry critics’ claims that Hollywood fears innovation and originality, the industry website BoxOfficeMojo.com reports that one out of five films that are planned for release this year will be either a sequel, a prequel, or a spin-off. In all, 27 films fall into that group, a record. The previous high, […]

TOY SALES RIVAL TICKET SALES FOR PIRATES

February 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget what it earned at the box office. So far Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has brought in $1.6 billion in merchandise sales, according to Jo Pascoe, director of toys at Disney Consumer Products. Speaking at a preview of the upcoming American International Toy Fair, Pascoe said, “Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean is the […]

HOLIDAY SALES OF 3D TV SETS REMAIN SLOW

December 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The jury is still out on whether 3D television is little more than a fleeting novelty (Best Buy said on Tuesday that sales of 3D and Internet-connected television sets have been disappointing over the holiday season), but ESPN is increasing content on its 3D network, with plans to air its first basketball game in the […]

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