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June 23, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"Monsters University" easily graduated at the top of the box-office class this weekend - even as "World War Z" finished with a better-than-expected grade. Pixar 's 3-D animated film starring a bunch of furry creatures was No. 1 with a stellar debut of $82 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios . While the prequel to 2001's "Monsters Inc. " met industry projections, "World War Z" exceeded them. Heading into the weekend, the Brad Pitt action thriller was expected to open with no more than $55 million.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
The Walt Disney Studios unveiled the release dates of several highly anticipated movies to hit theaters this year and 2014. “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, will be widely released on Dec. 20. The movie is about how “Mary Poppins” was created and the challenging relationship Walt Disney had with the book's author P.L. Travers and how Disney struggled to make the movie. Hanks is playing Walt Disney. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and other members of the Muppets gang come back next year in the “Muppets Most Wanted,” a sequel to the 2011 movie “The Muppets.” It will arrive in theaters March 21. The movie stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Iron Man performed a superheroic feat at the box office this week, and now Superman and Wolverine may be trembling in their boots. The first of the summer superhero films to hit the multiplex, "Iron Man 3" on Thursday crossed the $1 billion milestone after 23 days at the global box office, according to distributor Walt Disney Studios. The film starring Robert Downey Jr. becomes the 16th movie ever to join the elite $1 billion club -- six of which were released by Disney. PHOTO GALLERY: The Billion Dollar Box Office Club The Marvel Studios-produced film also passed an important mark domestically on Thursday, as its gross in the U.S. and Canada flew by $300 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Iron Man is already part of an elite crew of superheroes, but now he is set to join a rarefied group at the box office. "Iron Man 3," the third film in the franchise starring Robert Downey Jr., will pass the $1-billion milestone, possibly by Wednesday night. As of Tuesday morning, Walt Disney Studios said the Shane Black-directed movie had collected $962.2 million worldwide and was still selling tickets in territories worldwide. The well-reviewed picture will become only the 16th film to gross over $1 billion globally, and the first in Marvel Studios' Tony Stark trilogy to cross the impressive milestone.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“The Great Gatsby” wasn't the No. 1 film at the box office this weekend, but Warner Bros. executives may be breaking out the bubbly anyway. Baz Luhrmann's 3-D take on of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s novel lost out to “Iron Man 3,” the superhero behemoth that has already made nearly a billion dollars worldwide. In its second weekend of domestic release, the Marvel Studios production collected $72.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. That left "Gatsby" to settle for the runner-up position, though the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio surpassed industry expectations with a healthy debut of $51.1 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out where the heck April went. The Skinny: Sorry to start the day with a sales pitch but if you are interested in getting an email alerting you when the Morning Fix is available, send me a note . If enough people sign up, we'll try to get this going. Now back to business. Friday's headlines include the weekend box office preview and plans for a reality show that won't air on TV. Daily Dose: Al Jazeera was recently mentioned as a potential suitor for the Tennis Channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
AMC Entertainment, the nation's second-largest theater chain, has settled its fight with Walt Disney Studios over how to divvy up ticket sales for "Iron Man 3. " As a result of the new agreement between the two, AMC has resumed selling advance tickets for "Iron Man 3" on Fandango, the online ticketing service, two sources familiar with the matter said. The dispute had threatened to put a significant damper on the May 3 opening of one of the summer's biggest movies. The superhero action movie from Marvel Studios held its Hollywood premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
On the eve of the NewFront digital media presentations next week to advertisers, Yahoo! Chief Executive Marissa Mayer trumpeted a high-profile conquest: NBC's iconic sketch-comedy show "Saturday Night Live. " Yahoo landed the exclusive rights to "SNL" clips from past seasons, starting in 1975, as well as to select musical performances, dress rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes clips. The show archives will become available, starting Sept. 1, along with current-season clips that it will distribute on a non-exclusive basis.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Tony Stark's theatrical prospects continue to improve. Regal Entertainment, the nation's largest theater chain, said it has ended its fight with Walt Disney Studios over how to split revenue from ticket sales for "Iron Man 3. " "Regal has Iron Man 3!" the company said in a statement. "After some extensive talks with Disney, we're glad to say that Tony Stark  (the superhero industrialist played by Robert Downey Jr. ) will definitely be in our theaters for Iron Man 3. " PHOTOS: 'Iron Man 3' Premiere Regal's announcement followed a similar statement from AMC, the nation's second-largest theater chain, that it, too, would resume selling advance tickets for the movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The fight between Walt Disney Studios and movie theater chains over how to split revenue from ticket sales for the much-anticipated "Iron Man 3" is getting uglier. On Tuesday, Regal Entertainment -- the nation's largest theater owner with 7,000 screens in 540 locations -- yanked standees, movie posters and other marketing materials for "Iron Man 3," said a source familiar with the dispute who asked not to be identified. The dispute has put a cloud over what is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year.
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