May 6, 1990 |
Giancarlo Parretti, the fast-rising Hollywood movie mogul who has admitted that he rarely watches films himself, underscored the point at the Cannes Film Festival a couple of years ago. Encountering actor-director Clint Eastwood and his agent at a party, Parretti said: "Mr. Eastwood, I've always admired your work." The problem was that he was speaking to the agent. Those types of blunders have helped shape Parretti's reputation as a consummate outsider.
December 2, 1996 |
The conniving Cruella outmaneuvered the brutal Borg to catapult "101 Dalmatians" to the top--and potentially record-breaking--spot at the box office over the holiday weekend. The spotted pups brought in a projected all-time Thanksgiving weekend high of $46 million, edging out the most successful installment of the "Star Trek" series.
March 3, 1999 |
There's a new player in feature films these days, a production company that is attracting big-name actors and directors, tackling difficult material and, with the three Oscar nominations nailed by "Gods and Monsters" earlier this month, even winning academy recognition. The new force in the movie business? An old stalwart in the television business: Showtime.
June 19, 1991 |
The name Credit Lyonnais frequently showed up in the 1980s as credits rolled at the end of films. Once, a lending officer of the French government-owned bank was thanked by a producer accepting the Academy Award for best picture. Bank officers could approve film scripts and casting decisions on pictures, a rare right for a lender.
October 5, 1999
The report is based on projections of total U.S. box-office gross from a consensus of industry sources and studio financial models. The U.S. returns represent only 20% of a film's final revenue, which includes income from video, TV and overseas theatrical. The industry marketing average of $30 million per film is factored into these profit equations, as is the relative strength of specific film genres in foreign markets. Results for the weekend of Oct.
November 14, 1994 |
After a false start the previous weekend, the holiday movie season took flight with the arrival of two record-breaking creatures of the night, one of whom travels by coffin and the other by sleigh. "Interview With the Vampire," the $60-million adaptation of the Anne Rice best-seller starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, arrived in theaters Friday and grossed an estimated $38.7 million in its first three days on 2,604 screens.
October 21, 1996 |
This is a story about the global economy, Hollywood, the American psyche and strippers. Specifically, the movie "Striptease." When the Demi Moore- as- a- single- mother- turned- stripper film opened in the United States in June, critics thrashed it and audiences stayed away in droves. When the domestic box office was counted, only $32.6 million was taken in on a movie that cost more than $40 million to make (including $12.5 million for Moore) and $24 million to market.
December 8, 1997 |
The Goo Two held their own at the box office as "Flubber" and "Alien Resurrection" topped the list in one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year, according to industry estimates Sunday. "Flubber," the Disney remake of its 1961 comedy "The Absent Minded Professor," was No. 1 for a second week. It grossed $11.8 million during the weekend, for a total of $51 million in just two weeks, according to the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co.
January 27, 1997 |
"Jerry Maguire," "Beverly Hills Ninja" and "In Love and War" were in a three-way tie for first place in the box-office derby for the Super Bowl weekend, according to industry estimates Sunday. "It's a very tight weekend," said Ed Russell, executive vice president of publicity for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Cos. The three films were projected to bring in $5.9 million each, although Sunday's televised National Football League championship game made it difficult to project audience sizes.
December 8, 1998 |
It's been a year to expect the unexpected. Just as few in Hollywood predicted that such films as "There's Something About Mary," "The Waterboy" and "The Rugrats Movie" would become instant mega-hits, many had high expectations for "Godzilla," "BASEketball" and "Babe: Pig in the City." This week's victim of heightened expectations is "Psycho," director Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic thriller.