May 12, 2009
Sales in the U.S. and Canada: * Includes $4.0 million in Thursday night showings Note: A movie may be shown on more than one screen at each theater. *--* -- Movie 3-day gross Venues Average Weeks Total -- (studio) (millions) -- per venue -- (millions) 1 Star Trek $75.2 3,849 $19,539 1 $79.2* -- (Paramount) 2 X-Men Origins: $26.4 4,102 $6,438 2 $129.0 Wolverine -- (Fox) 3 Ghosts of $10.3 3,175 $3,231 2 $30.1 Girlfriends Past -- (Warner) 4 Obsessed $6.6 2,602 $2,521 3 $56.
June 12, 2010
SERIES Doctor Who: Scientists uncover something disturbing just below the Earth's surface on the first half of a two-part episode of the venerable sci-fi drama (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). Three Rivers: A woman goes to great lengths to obtain a kidney transplant for her husband in this new episode of the hospital drama (8 p.m. CBS). The Jaquie Brown Diaries: An up-and-coming newscaster stoops to conquer in this imported sitcom (10:30 p.m. Logo). SPECIALS Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black: The curmudgeonly comic offers his insights on politics and pop culture in this stand-up special (10 p.m. Comedy Central)
May 28, 2009 |
There are very few brand names in the movie business, but two of Hollywood's biggest will face each other this weekend: Pixar Animation Studios and "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi. Their two movies couldn't be more different. Pixar and Disney's "Up" is a family-friendly adventure story about a septuagenarian and young boy's balloon-powered trip to an exotic land.
May 18, 2009 |
Americans may not be as hot for international intrigue and Tom Hanks as they are superheroes and starships, but luckily for Sony Pictures, tastes are different overseas. The studio's "Angels & Demons" overcame a modest $48-million opening in the U.S. and Canada to gross $152.3 million worldwide thanks to opening at No. 1 in 96 other countries. Its $104.3-million international launch is the biggest since "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in May 2008.
April 20, 2009 |
You know times are getting tough in the movie business when an entourage of studio executives, instead of flying by private jet to Sacramento to attend a screening, is forced to ride-share -- to Chatsworth. Universal Pictures, clamping down on costs, moved a test screening of its recent sequel "Fast & Furious" to the Los Angeles suburb from the state capital to save money on ferrying the executives and filmmakers out of town.
August 5, 2009 |
With more than $300 million in production and marketing spending on the line for the opening of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on Friday, Paramount Pictures has a message for critics: Go see the movie with everyone else. A spokesperson for the studio confirmed that there would be no screenings for reviewers at print and broadcast media outlets, meaning if they want to see the film, they will have to go Friday along with regular moviegoers.
June 12, 2009 |
Two new movies open today, but they have to deal with a major headache in the form of "The Hangover." The Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures R-rated comedy earned $7.7 million at the box office Monday, $6.6 million Tuesday, and $6.7 million Wednesday. Those are the biggest weekday grosses, excluding holidays, for any movie this year, higher than even the big event films "Star Trek" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." With $65.
June 22, 2009
Weekly roundup of the top five in each category: TELEVISION Top prime-time shows, viewers 18 to 49 For week that ended June 14: NBA Finals (Thur.): ABC, 8.5 million viewers NBA Finals (Tues.) : ABC, 7.7 million NBA Finals (Sun.): ABC, 7.5 million NBA Trophy Presentation : ABC, 7.2 million NHL Stanley Cup Finals (Fri.): NBC, 4.4 million Prime-time viewership For season through June 14: CBS: 11.4 million viewers Fox : 9.5 million ABC : 8.7 million NBC : 7.6 million Univision: 3.
November 18, 2010
Warner Bros. has a mystery on its hands much bigger than a Muggle. The first 36 minutes of Warner Bros.' " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," which comes out this weekend, appeared Tuesday on the file-sharing network BitTorrent. A post on the piracy website Pirate Bay indicated that footage came from an internal DVD copy of the movie, commonly called a screener. But a spokesman for Warner said that no screeners of the new " Harry Potter" movie were created.