January 17, 2014 |
Movie ticket prices rose in the last three months of 2013, boosted by pricier 3D and Imax films. The average ticket price in the fourth quarter was $8.35, representing a 3.7% increase from the same period during the previous year, according to the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. The box-office success of several 3D movies helped skew the averages upward. Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated stranded-in-space drama "Gravity" was a significant driver, generating the vast majority of its revenue from 3D. The fourth-quarter 3D slate also included top-grossing pictures such as Disney's Hans Christian Andersen-inspired musical "Frozen" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
December 30, 2013 |
The holidays are a time when family-friendly films pack in audiences like the Dallas Cowboys pack-in last-minute turnovers. But even in a season when the G and PG films come with a built-in head start, it's hard not to be impressed by what "Frozen" has done. Disney's retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Snow Queen" finished in second place this weekend, its fifth in wide release, with $28.8 million. As the numbers came in throughout the weekend, at times the film even challenged the more recently released, advance-hyped "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" for the top box office slot, and in fact wound up finishing just a few bucks away . “Frozen” now stands at nearly $250 million since it went wide in late November, a very solid number in its own right.
December 29, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's Wall-Street-gone-wild epic, "The Wolf of Wall Street," was not the leader of the pack at the box office this weekend. The alpha film was "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which topped the charts for the third time in as many weeks of wide release. The second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien racked up $29.9 million over three days, while Paramount's "Wolf," which cost $100 million to make, made a meager $18.5 million. The latter's performance was particularly disappointing as it was expected to challenge Warner Bros.
December 28, 2013 |
The extended frame provided by Wednesday's Christmas holiday meant a long, topsy-turvy weekend at the box office. A mix of powerhouse holdovers with a handful of new releases made for an unusual mix in the rankings, with “Frozen,” “Hobbit 2,” “Anchorman 2,” “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all in play. Disney's animated family hit “Frozen,” in its sixth week of release took in an estimated $10.3 million on Friday in more than 3,300 theaters, pushing it toward an estimated cumulative gross of nearly $230 million.
December 26, 2013 |
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" didn't steal quite enough box office riches to beat the "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Wednesday. "Wolf of Wall Street," the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring dark comedy from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, grossed an estimated $9.1 million in the U.S. and Canada, coming in just behind "Smaug," which looks like it generated around $9.3 million in ticket sales. "Smaug," the second part of the "Hobbit" trilogy based on the book by J.R.R.
December 16, 2013 |
Almost as intriguing as the goings-on in Middle Earth has been the drama surrounding the “Hobbit" franchise itself. There was the fact that star director Guillermo del Toro walked off after a year of work. There's been a long-running lawsuit. And then, of course, that when it was finally almost ready last year, the production grew so expensive - er, epic - that director Peter Jackson and studio New Line saw fit to take what they had and slice it into three movies. That enabled more revenue and a longer life for the franchise, which will now span three holiday seasons through 2014.