September 20, 2012 |
After its $1.5-billion take at the global box office, Walt Disney Co. is hoping to make its super-hero property "Avengers" its next major multi-media franchise alongside "Cars," 'Toy Story' and its princesses. The Burbank media giant's chief financial officer Jay Rasulo made the declaration Thursday at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference for its analysts and clients. An "Avengers" merchandise push will start this holiday season and continue next summer, Rasulo said, noting it would outshadow any merchandise initiatives tied to other Marvel brands, including "Thor" and "Captain America.
September 3, 2012 |
In the end, not even "The Avengers" could save the summer box office. Astronomical receipts for the early May smash starring some of Marvel's biggest superheroes - which has become the third highest-grossing film of all time - weren't enough to prevent the summer box office from closing down roughly 3% to $4.3 billion compared to the same period from May to Labor Day in 2011. Attendance, meanwhile, tumbled about 4% to 533 million, according to Hollywood.com, the lowest number in almost 20 years.
September 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- At the Australian Open earlier this year veteran Russian Ekaterina Makarova upset Serena Williams in the fourth round. She made Williams run and run, frustrating the American, who didn't seem in ideal physical shape after spending almost a year recovering from injuries and illnesses. Saturday at the U.S. Open, Makarova played the same, demanding game, hitting her groundstrokes deep and well. But it was a different Williams across the net, one who was physically capable of hunting down balls no matter how long the rallies and it was Williams who advanced to the fourth round at Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory that lasted 1 hour 21 minutes and was more fascinating than the final score indicated.
August 30, 2012 |
Audiences typically avoid the multiplex around Labor Day , devoting their time instead to last-chance summer pursuits like barbecues and back-to-school shopping. But Walt Disney Studios will attempt to lure people back to theaters this weekend by expanding its Marvel superhero blockbuster, "The Avengers," and Pixar princess tale, "Brave," to roughly 1,700 theaters apiece. An end-of-summer push has been attempted before by the studio -- last year, “Cars 2," which first hit theaters in June, expanded from around 200 theaters to more than 2,000 during the Labor Day holiday and grossed $1.8 million.
August 8, 2012
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers. " The announcement was made Tuesday by Bob Iger, the chief executive of theWalt Disney Co., who told analysts in a conference call that the media company's third-quarter earnings were up 24%, thanks in part to "Avengers" income. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. Its domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film ever, trailing only"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
August 8, 2012 |
Marvel's comic book superheroes "The Avengers" proved up to the task of vanquishing not only a malevolent demigod — but also the ghost of "John Carter. " The blockbuster summer movie, which has garnered nearly $1.5 billion in worldwide box-office receipts so far, helped Walt Disney Co. post a better-than-expected 24% increase in quarterly earnings. Buoyed by "The Avengers" and improvements at its theme parks and consumer products groups, the Burbank company reported a profit of $1.83 billion, or $1.01 a share, for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, compared with $1.48 billion, or 77 cents a share, a year earlier.
August 7, 2012 |
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
July 24, 2012 |
Director Joss Whedon is following up his mega-hit "The Avengers" not with another superhero movie but with a Shakespeare film. And it has landed a spot at the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts Sept. 6. Whedon's take on the Bard's "Much Ado About Nothing" is billed as "contemporary," yet it apparently uses the original text (and was shot in just 12 days). The film stars Amy Acker (who appeared in Whedon's "The Cabin in the Woods") and Alexis Denisof as the sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick, and Toronto Fest programmers say it "offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
July 19, 2012 |
Is Hollywood having a blowout year or a dismal one? The confounding answer: both. This weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises"is expected to dominate the box office, joining "The Avengers"and "The Hunger Games"in a small, elite group of high-profit 2012 blockbusters. Buoyed by strong reviews and an eager fan base, director Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie will probably debut with around $190 million in ticket sales, and has a shot at surpassing the three-day "Avengers" record of $207 million.
June 28, 2012 |
"The Dark Knight Rises"is entering the final sprint to the box office just slightly behind "The Avengers," which set an all-time record in May with its $207.4-million domestic debut. Warner Bros.' third and final Batman movie from director Christopher Nolanmade its first appearance Thursday morning on widely used research surveys known in Hollywood as "tracking" that gauge audience interest in upcoming pictures. All measures for "The Dark Knight Rises," which will hit theaters July 20, were huge, according to people who have seen the confidential data.