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November 24, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
Summit Entertainment's estimates of how many filmgoers outside North America saw "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was low. Way low. After more information rolled in from overseas markets, the independent studio updated its estimate of ticket sales in the 24 countries where its blockbuster vampire movie played over the weekend. Its new opening weekend overseas total, $132.1 million, is $14 million, or 12%, higher than its estimate Sunday morning of $118.1 million. Combined with the newly updated domestic total of $142.
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BUSINESS
January 6, 2005 | By Joe Flint
Even the Maya would have struggled to forecast an opening weekend this big. Sony Pictures' "2012," the latest end-of-the-world epic from disaster director Roland Emmerich, took in $65 million in the U.S. and Canada and an earth-shattering $160 million elsewhere for a worldwide weekend total of $225 million. The 162-minute thriller, based on a purported Maya prophecy that the world will end Dec. 21, 2012, will easily make back its production and marketing costs for Sony long before that date rolls around.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1994 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s. His dozen films have grossed $1.09 billion at the domestic box office. With his mischievous smile and knowing twinkle in his eyes, he was a key ingredient--along with Harrison Ford and "Star Trek"--that year after year filled the coffers at Paramount Pictures. His mere name was a franchise. But with the release of his latest film, "Beverly Hills Cop III," Eddie Murphy is still looking for his next blockbuster. Murphy, who commands $12 million a picture ($15 million for sequels)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2010 | Steven Zeitchik
Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and a set of gothic thrills proved to be a huge draw at the box office this weekend, as "Shutter Island," Paramount's psychological thriller based on Dennis Lehane's bestselling novel, earned $40.2 million domestically, according to the studio. The number is the best-ever opening for director Scorsese and star DiCaprio, the latter of whom had reached the $30-million mark only once (with "Catch Me If You Can," more than seven years ago). Many box-office experts had predicted an opening in the low-mid $30s, with any gross over $35 million considered a notable success.
BUSINESS
September 14, 2009 | Ben Fritz
In a year when movies led by Will Ferrell, Julia Roberts, Russell Crowe, Jack Black and Adam Sandler have all foundered at the box office, Hollywood got a dose of reliable star power this weekend. Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" sold a studio-estimated $24 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, making it the seventh consecutive low-cost movie that the actor-writer-director has opened successfully for Lions Gate Entertainment since early 2006. Focus Features' quirky animated film "9" got off to a healthy start, meanwhile, while thriller "Whiteout" and horror film "Sorority Row" both opened poorly.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2010
Perry wedded to success Tyler Perry is doing just fine without 3-D, thank you. The writer, director and producer's latest effort, "Why Did I Get Married Too?," took in a most impressive $30.1 million in its first weekend. The sequel to his 2007 hit "Why Did I Get Married?" not only beat the opening of that movie by almost $10 million, but it was also Perry's biggest start for a movie that didn't feature his Madea character. With nine hits in the last five years, none of this should come as a surprise.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Weinstein Co. might be getting some much-needed good news this weekend. The financially beleaguered independent movie studio opens Quentin Tarantino's World War II action film "Inglourious Basterds" today and all indications are that it will have a solid and potentially very strong opening. It's the first major release for Weinstein Co., which is attempting to strip away its widespread media interests and focus on movies and television. According to people with access to pre-release audience polling, "Basterds" should sell more than $25 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada this weekend and could very well top $30 million.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was on course to break two box-office records in one day. The second installment of the vampire saga broke the record for midnight ticket sales Thursday night and was expected to record the biggest single-day sales ever at the box office Friday evening. Gross receipts from midnight shows in the U.S. and Canada totaled $26.3 million, distributor Summit Entertainment reported Friday morning. On Friday evening, four people at competing studios who were following box-office returns said the movie was all but certain to gross more than $70 million by the end of the day. The previous record for single-day domestic ticket sales was $67.2 million, set by "The Dark Knight" in 2008.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
Edward and Bella are set to take the second-biggest bite of the year out of the box office. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" will probably sell about $90 million worth of tickets this weekend in the U.S. and Canada and could exceed $100 million, according to surveys of potential filmgoers, making it the second-largest debut of the year behind "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which collected $109 million its first weekend. The first "Twilight" movie opened to $69.6 million on the same weekend last year.
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