December 6, 2012 |
Among the year's major animated releases (and award contenders) are sequels in billion-dollar franchises, an expansion of a beloved Dr. Seuss book and an irreverent claymation pirate adventure. There are prehistoric animals battling other pirates who sail ships of icebergs; New Yorker animals joining the circus to escape an indestructible, Edith Piaf-belting Frances McDormand; and a moonstruck loser named Charles Darwin. 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' The stop-motion pioneers at England's Aardman Animations made their first foray into high-tech, with 3-D and extensive computer-generated imagery, for "The Pirates!
November 2, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profit in the third quarter, largely due to the box-office success of its animated film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or 29 cents a share, on revenue of $186.3 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or 23 cents per share, on revenue of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. The results easily exceeded Wall Street estimates.
November 1, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profits in the third quarter due to the box-office success of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based animation studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or $0.29 a share, on revenues of $186.3 million, in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or $0.23 per share, on revenues of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said the results stemmed from the "blockbuster international box office success" of " Madagascar 3: Europe 's Most Wanted," which he said was the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year on a global basis.
July 31, 2012 |
DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale studio behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies, reported lower-than-expected financial results for the second quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, the company reported net income of $12.8 milion, or 15 cents per share, down 62% from a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter also fell sharply, declining 25% to $162.8 million. Analysts had forecast net income of 25 cents per share. "DreamWorks Animation's second quarter of 2012 was driven primarily by the box office performance of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted , the seventh highest-grossing film of the year," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation.
June 18, 2012 |
Two of Hollywood's biggest stars couldn't pull in as many ticket sales as"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"did at the box office this weekend, because the cartoon was the No. 1 pick yet again. For the second consecutive weekend, the 3-D animated flick featuring a band of zoo animals topped the box office. The DreamWorks Animation movie raked in an additional $35.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $120.5 million. Meanwhile, a new musical featuring Tom Cruise and a raunchy comedy starring Adam Sandler flopped.
June 18, 2012 |
Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler ventured outside of their wheelhouses in new films this weekend but found their risk-taking roundly rejected at the box office. Cruise, who struck gold six months ago with his action film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," attempted to show off his lighter side as a booze-swilling, sex-addicted '80s musician in"Rock of Ages,"while Sandler steered away from his family audience with the raunchy R-rated comedy "That's My Boy. Both films tanked, beaten by the 3-D animated flick"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted,"which was the No. 1 film for the second consecutive weekend.