December 10, 2007 |
Sharing a movie, hearing the sound of laughter or sobs in a theater as well as seeing and sensing the reactions of others enhance the enjoyment of the movie for everyone, researchers have found. In two studies reported in the December issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, 57 volunteers in one, 40 in the other, watched a video clip.
November 30, 2007 |
This is the first of a new weekly feature that will project the weekend box-office performance and analyze marketing campaigns for movies opening and returning in theaters. -- With the only major release hitting theaters this week, the backers of the medical thriller "Awake" hope to catch the competition napping. It's been six months since a wide release had a weekend to itself, when that friendly beast "Shrek the Third" frightened off any challengers.
May 29, 2007 |
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" hardly marks an end. With the latest in Walt Disney Co.'s lucrative series reaping an unprecedented $401 million globally in its debut through the Memorial Day weekend, the question of whether there will be a fourth installment has effectively been answered. Sure, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is coy, saying he and his mates need a break. But he already has rights to a book that could end up as another installment. Star Johnny Depp?
May 2, 2007 |
"Spider-Man 3," the first in a wave of high-profile, big-budget sequels coming from Hollywood this summer, set opening-day records Tuesday after its early release in Asia, Sony Pictures said. The movie racked up the biggest opening-day grosses ever in South Korea, at about $3.4 million, and in Hong Kong, at $1 million. It also posted the biggest single-day grosses ever in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
March 12, 2007 |
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
December 4, 2006 |
The penguins and James Bond are rare birds indeed. In an unusual show of strength, the animated penguin musical "Happy Feet" and the Bond thriller "Casino Royale" dominated the movie box office for the third straight weekend. Warner Bros.' "Happy Feet" hung on to the top spot with an estimated gross of $17 million in the U.S. and Canada, ahead of Sony Pictures' "Casino Royale," which brought in $15.1 million, studio estimates show.