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2012 Box office tracking thread

PSound
02-16-2012, 04:40 PM
Reports of the death of the American moviegoer might have been premature. This year, box-office attendance is up an astonishing 14.6 percent from 2011, and revenue ($1.19 billion) is 14.1 percent ahead. That's after admissions plummeted to a 16-year low last year, corresponding with a 3.6 percent decline in revenue.

What's driving the renaissance? Box-office observers attribute the boom to a slate of films that appeal to all age groups, including younger adults and teens, two demos largely AWOL in 2011. "Content is the driver of the resurgence," says Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman, whose all-ages Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-increase-journey-2-devil-inside-292006

bruceames
02-16-2012, 04:48 PM
Box office is not booming. That is so stupid. It is up an "astonishing" 14% this year because it was down even more than that last year. Duh.

bombsnizzle
02-17-2012, 08:21 AM
Yes - up 14.6% from rock bottom.

"attendance is up an astonishing 14.6 percent from 2011...after admissions plummeted to a 16-year low last year"

So attendance is up 14% from the 16 year low.

Which means attendance is still quite horrible.

Amazing - if this was talking about bluray PSound would be pickng it apart.

Instead, he probably posted this as part of his agenda to paint the box office as "booming" but not translating to bluray sales - ergo bluray is horrible - bluray is evil - bluray is killing the industry - bluray killed his dog. Everything else is booming and fine - bluray is the only bad thing in the whole world.

Sorry, but being up 14.6% from a 16 year low isn't "booming" - and it isn't something to brag about. If someone had posted an article like this about bluray it would be getting ripped to shreds here.

jkkyler
02-17-2012, 08:50 AM
All above is true but IO one of the main reason BO was so terrible last year was content - If you make crap films (also for way too much money) you get crap attendance. Also more films have to be targeted for teen audiences as they sem to be the main movir goers.

PSound
02-17-2012, 08:53 AM
Box office is not booming. That is so stupid. It is up an "astonishing" 14% this year because it was down even more than that last year. Duh.

Compared to end of 2011 and this time last year, it is definitely improving.

And you have followed the movie business enough to know that breaking existing trends in a different direction is always a big deal.

soupnazi
02-17-2012, 09:36 AM
I for one passed on a lot of movies last year because I didn't have an option to view in 2D. I also didn't buy as many blu-rays as I normally have because of lack of content. No value.

bruceames
02-17-2012, 09:44 AM
Compared to end of 2011 and this time last year, it is definitely improving.

And you have followed the movie business enough to know that breaking existing trends in a different direction is always a big deal.

It's a big deal that the box office is "recovering" from a slump last year, as people tend to think it could be a permanent downwards trend. But the bigger deal was the slump in the first place. Now box office is back to normal, and that's hardly "astonishing".

If it starts breaking all time attendance records, or at least hits 20 year attendance highs, then we can wheel out the "astonishing" adjective.

bombsnizzle
02-17-2012, 09:45 AM
Compared to end of 2011 and this time last year, it is definitely improving. So compared to rock bottom, things are looking good.

That's comforting.

14.6% better than rock bottom = BOOMING!!!!:rolleyes:

And you have followed the movie business enough to know that breaking existing trends in a different direction is always a big deal. Well then at least 2012 won't be rock bottom then. Cheers for Hollywood! Everything is all better!

bruceames
02-17-2012, 09:47 AM
All above is true but IO one of the main reason BO was so terrible last year was content - If you make crap films (also for way too much money) you get crap attendance. Also more films have to be targeted for teen audiences as they sem to be the main movir goers.

That's an interesting point. I have thought that myself, but then I figured it was because I was just getting older and so it seemed that the movie mix have shifted to a younger audience. I'd like to know if that is really true.

Lee Stewart
02-17-2012, 10:41 AM
That's an interesting point. I have thought that myself, but then I figured it was because I was just getting older and so it seemed that the movie mix have shifted to a younger audience. I'd like to know if that is really true.

2010 Theatrical Market Statistics

http://www.mpaa.org/policy/industry

PSound
02-17-2012, 02:21 PM
It's a big deal that the box office is "recovering" from a slump last year, as people tend to think it could be a permanent downwards trend. But the bigger deal was the slump in the first place. Now box office is back to normal, and that's hardly "astonishing".

If it starts breaking all time attendance records, or at least hits 20 year attendance highs, then we can wheel out the "astonishing" adjective.

YoY comparisons are going to be made. And are going to be valid.

PSound
02-22-2012, 09:52 AM
As of 2/20, box office is now up 17.7% over 2011.

And if Hunger Games hits, it could be up by even more by end of Q1.

bruceames
02-22-2012, 11:04 AM
As of 2/20, box office is now up 17.7% over 2011.

And if Hunger Games hits, it could be up by even more by end of Q1.

What's the average lead time from theater to OD? Would a strong Q1 affect Q2 or Q3 more?

PSound
02-22-2012, 12:10 PM
What's the average lead time from theater to OD? Would a strong Q1 affect Q2 or Q3 more?

It depends.

Last year the studios opted to pump some releases that would generally be Q4 into Q3. That (along with Star Wars) is the reason Q3 was unusually strong last year. But last year had a glut of superhero movies. This year it looks like there are less overall comic movies, with Avengers and Dark Knight each looking to be monsters.


The sequel to Hunger Games is not releasing until November 2013, so Lionsgate may not be in a hurry to release it in Q3. They may try and do the Summit technique of a midnight release near a holiday.

EDIT: Short story is early 2012 releases will be Q3 or Q4. Late 2011 releases (like Mission Impossible, Warhorse, most of the Oscar arthouse movies, etc) will be Q2.

Kosty
02-22-2012, 03:26 PM
What's the average lead time from theater to OD? Would a strong Q1 affect Q2 or Q3 more?

120 to 130 days after theatrical release generally is the ARR time for a new movie to show up on home theater release.

About 4 months from the time it first hits the theater to home video or about two to three months from the end of the major 4-8 theatrical run in most markets.

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Kosty
02-22-2012, 03:33 PM
Major successful releases that get higher box office successes are sometimes moved around a few weeks plus or minus to maximize their home video release potential against other scheduled releases or seasonal or holiday factors.

But its rare that any release is really that much off the 4-5 month or so ARR average as consumers are now conditioned to expect most home video releases at that interval from their theatrical run. Its kinda expected that most movies arrive on home video in the same relative order they arrive at the theaters.

Sometimes for a massively successful title the release on home video is delayed as its still doing well at the theaters. Or like Avatar its home video announcement came close to its release date as it had a long box office run.

PSound
02-23-2012, 06:09 PM
As of 2/20, box office is now up 17.7% over 2011.

And if Hunger Games hits, it could be up by even more by end of Q1.

It could just end up being highly front-loaded, but Hunger Games continues to show signs of being a monster:

‘The Hunger Games’ Doing ‘Twilight’ Saga-Big Online Advance Ticket Sales

Huge online movie ticket seller Fandango Wednesday began advance sales for Lionsgate’s upcoming thriller The Hunger Games. And already it’s exclipsing Twilight Saga: Eclipse as Fandango’s biggest first day advance ticket-seller in its 12-year company history. Hundreds of Hunger showtimes are already sold out for the March 23 opening. Even though the film doesn’t open for another month, the first-day ticket sales yesterday broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by Eclipse on May 14, 2010.

Fandango says theater owners are continuing to add new showtimes. Looks like Lionsgate has a humongous hit on its hands, although the box office could always prove frontloaded because of the advance ticket sales.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/the-hunger-games-doing-twilight-saga-big-online-advance-ticket-sales/

Kosty
02-23-2012, 06:44 PM
It could just end up being highly front-loaded, but Hunger Games continues to show signs of being a monster:





http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/the-hunger-games-doing-twilight-saga-big-online-advance-ticket-sales/


Hunger Games reached the same audience for the book series and as Twilight Saga ends its poised to take over that group. Plus as the Twilight audience ages it has the potential to add those slightly older females to a new group.

Repeat viewing is something that some chick flick movies thrive on to boast box office and home media sales , like Twilight, when a movie can have that aspect but also some male audience action appeal, like Titanic the results can be impressive. Hunger Games may fit the bill.

PSound
02-23-2012, 08:08 PM
Hunger Games reached the same audience for the book series and as Twilight Saga ends its poised to take over that group. Plus as the Twilight audience ages it has the potential to add those slightly older females to a new group.

Repeat viewing is something that some chick flick movies thrive on to boast box office and home media sales , like Twilight, when a movie can have that aspect but also some male audience action appeal, like Titanic the results can be impressive. Hunger Games may fit the bill.

I have read the books, and depending on how they shoot it, it could definitely pick up a male audience from the "games" portion.

Kosty
02-23-2012, 11:10 PM
I have read the books, and depending on how they shoot it, it could definitely pick up a male audience from the "games" portion.

I looked at a book on the concept at my local Barnes and Noble with a lot of production shots. Looked cool to me.

Some of the action in the trailers look pretty good from a male action genre perspective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HryK0nqejHA&feature=related

PSound
03-01-2012, 10:54 AM
It looks like we have at least 3 mega-blockbusters coming out this year: Hunger Games, Dark Knight and The Avengers.

Those should all translate into strong OD strength in the second half of the year.

‘Hunger Games’ Comes On Tracking Huge

Hollywood was buzzing early this morning over the first set of tracking numbers for Lionsgate’s film series The Hunger Games. With 23% ‘First Choice’ and 54% ’Definite Interest’, those are numbers every film studio can only dream about. One studied provided me with a guesstimate that the first film based on the Suzanne Collins bestselling books could open to $70+M — which would make this bigger than the the Twilight debut. “It’s every bit as strong As Twilight and, numerically, stronger,” one rival studio told me this morning.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/hunger-games-comes-on-tracking-huge/

Kosty
03-01-2012, 03:55 PM
It looks like we have at least 3 mega-blockbusters coming out this year: Hunger Games, Dark Knight and The Avengers.

Those should all translate into strong OD strength in the second half of the year.



http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/hunger-games-comes-on-tracking-huge/

Nice find.

If Hunger Games gets order of magnitude Twilight that's a huge success if it can capture that female movie going watching home video buying demographic.

Last years summer releases were strong and having three tentpoles like Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises and Avengers do well will be nice this year as well. Plus wildcards like John Carter and others.

PSound
03-04-2012, 09:32 AM
Dr. Seuss ‘The Lorax’ $70+M: Year’s Biggest

Obviously huge pent-up demand for a true children’s classic, an ‘A’ CinemaScore, plus an overheated box office converged for a monster hit. Rival studios have Universal’s The Lorax lunging past $70M with a shot at $73M and maybe even $75M. It’s the biggest grossing film ever from a Dr Seuss book, as well as the biggest opener of 2012, the 4th biggest March opener, the 8th biggest animated PG film, and the 5th biggest animated 3D film. The $70M-budget toon from Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop) also is the 8th biggest Universal opener of all time.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/dr-suess-the-lorax-68m-years-biggest/#more-239241

Kosty
03-05-2012, 09:55 AM
With an opening like that with the family audience loving it it will probably have a excellent chance for repeat viewing and family purchase on home video.



Box Office: 'The Lorax' posts year's biggest opening with $70.7 million [Updated]

March 4, 2012 | 8:59 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0163026a5aae970d-600wi

It seemed like money grew on trees for "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" this weekend, as the animated family film posted the biggest opening of the year at the box office.

The 3-D environmental tale far exceeded industry expectations, raking in $70.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. The weekend's other new release, the polar opposite R-rated party flick "Project X," collected a healthy $20.8 million.

Heading into the weekend, the romantic drama "The Vow" held the record for 2012's highest debut after it opened with $41 million last month. But moviegoers were clearly hungry for a family film, which have been few and far between at the multiplex so far this year. The only other animated movies to hit theaters have been rereleases: a reformatted 3-D version of "Beauty and the Beast" and an American dubbing of the Japanese anime film "The Secret World of Arrietty."


Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito and Ed Helms, "The Lorax" is based on Dr. Seuss' 1971 children's book about a fuzzy orange creature on a mission to save trees. Audiences also responded positively to another Dr. Seuss adaptation in 2008, 20th Century Fox's "Horton Hears A Who!," which debuted with a comparatively small $45 million and ultimately raked in nearly $300 million worldwide.

Those who saw the film this weekend loved it, assigning it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. The movie was a hit with families, as 68% of the audience was made up of parents and their children.

"The Lorax," which cost Universal about $70 million to produce, will open abroad next weekend. "Despicable Me," the studio's last release from its family unit Illumination Entertainment, was a huge success internationally. That movie grossed $251 million domestically and $291 million abroad, becoming such a success that it spawned a sequel that will hit theaters next year.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/03/box-office-the-lorax-project-x.html

Kosty
03-21-2012, 10:33 AM
Tracking is good for Hunger Games.

That's another probable Twilight Saga type franchise with perhaps strong appeal toward young males as well.



Lionsgate Shares Soar in Advance of ‘Hunger Games’

21 Mar, 2012
By: Erik Gruenwedel

Ticket seller Fandango says movie is top-selling franchise opener has already sold out 2,000 showtimes

Liongate’s usual moribund stock continued a meteoric surge in advance of the March 23 theatrical launch of probable blockbuster movie franchise The Hunger Games.


Shares of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based minimajor March 21 opened up 4% after closing March 20 at $15.28 per share -- up 165% from a low of $5.76 per share last May. The stock is up nearly 31% in the past month. Lionsgate’s perennial anemic shares had been a catalyst for former investor Carl Icahn’s failed three-year takeover attempt, which ended last August when he sold his stake.

Lionsgate has bet its future on the first installment of a bestselling trio of novels by Suzanne Collins that targets the hugely loyal Twilight fan base. Starring Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Hunger Games features a post-apocalyptic world where male and female teens from 12 districts in the fictional country of Panem are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which there can only be one survivor.

Through March 19 Lionsgate had reportedly pre-sold more than 1 million ‘Hunger’ movie tickets – a strong indication the film could generate almost $125 million its opening weekend, according to Deadline.com. Indeed, Fandango March 21 said Hunger Games had already sold out 2,000 showtimes, making it the top-selling franchise opener in history. The movie is on track to generate about $300 million overall, according to analyst David Joyce with Millar Tabak & Co.

Box office numbers like that coupled with an ardent female fan base are usually gold to home entertainment. The four Twilight films, which have generated more than $1.5 billion, have sold more than 30 million discs, according to The-Numbers.com.

Lionsgate earlier this year astutely acquired Twilight studio Summit Entertainment with the last edition of the teen vampire franchise, Breaking Dawn: Part 2, still to hit theaters, in addition to recently released Breaking Dawn: Part 1 at retail.


http://www.homemediamagazine.com/lionsgate/lionsgate-shares-soar-advance-hunger-games-26729

Kosty
03-23-2012, 12:38 PM
The Hunger Games is off to a good start, its going to do well on home video




Posted: Fri., Mar. 23, 2012, 1:06am PT
'
Games' nabs $19.7 mil at record midnight bow

Pic on track to score $120-125 mil three-day haul

http://images1.variety.com/graphics/photos/_storypics2/hunger_games_lawrence.jpg


By ANDREW STEWART

Final returns from Thursday midnight screenings of "The Hunger Games" came in at $19.7 million, marking the highest midnight take for a non-sequel pic and validating predictions of an outsized hit for Lionsgate's biggest bet yet.

More bullish estimates late last night had pegged midnight grosses for the film in the $25 million-$30 million range, though according to bizzers, some of the larger theater chains contributed less than expected.

The closest midnight comparisons for "Hunger Games" are "The Dark Knight," which earned $18.5 million in midnights, and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," with $22.2 million.

Neither of those films provide much clarity in predicting three-day grosses for "Hunger Games," since "Dark Knight" bowed during the summer with $158 million -- the second-highest opening of all time. "Half-Blood Prince," meanwhile, bowed on Wednesday and in three days collected $77 million.

Bizzers are estimating a $120 million- $125 million three-day haul for "Games." But by no means is a commensurate bounty in the bag.

Why? For starters, "The Hunger Games" has an older audience that will catch it when crowds subside. Also, the film's March launchpad doesn't have the same breadth of out-of-school teens and tweens as a summer or holiday bow, though a portion of Stateside students are on spring break.

In addition to its non-sequel midnight benchmark, "Hunger Games" scored the biggest late-night take for Imax ($1.3 million), outside of the "Harry Potter" franchise. It's also the seventh-largest midnight grosser ever on an industrywide scale.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118051818

Kosty
03-24-2012, 09:48 PM
Let the Hunger Games begin! Sci Fi adventure takes record $68.3m on opening day


By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 14:54 EST, 24 March 2012 | UPDATED: 15:04 EST, 24 March 2012


Eagerly awaited sci fi adventure The Hunger Games posted the fifth-best opening day ever with a staggering $68.3 - a new record for a non-sequel.

The massive takings included $19.7m from midnight showings as queuing fans scrambled for seats.

The movie easily surpassed the previous opening-day record for a non-sequel which was 2010′s Alice in Wonderland with $40.8 million.


Fans line up to see the midnight shows of 'The Hunger Games' in New York, the movie took $19.7m from the late night showings alone

The big start should translate into an opening weekend of as much as $140m domestically, according to Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
First-day revenues for 'The Hunger Games' were well behind the record $91.1 million for last summer's 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.'



But 'The Hunger Games' came within a few million dollars of each of the last three 'Twilight' movies, whose opening days ranged from $68.5 million to $72.7 million.

The PG film stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to compete in a televised death match against other youths in a future North American society where a privileged capital city oppresses the people of 12 outlying worker districts.




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119825/Hunger-Games-takes-record-68-3m-opening.html#ixzz1q642ywHI

Kosty
03-24-2012, 09:55 PM
Box Office Report: 'Hunger Games' Finishes Friday With Massive $68.3 Mil


8:37 AM PDT 3/24/2012 by Pamela McClintock

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2011/12/hunger_games_still_2.jpg
Lionsgate
"The Hunger Games"
The Lionsgate movie is on course for a record-breaking $140 million to $150 million debut.

Gary Ross' The Hunger Games grossed a massive $68.3 million at the Friday box office -- the best opening day ever for a nonsequel and the fifth-highest of all time.

Box Office Report: 'Hunger Games' Shattering Records, Could Open to $150 Million


Lionsgate's big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young-adult novel, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, is headed for a record-breaking $140 million to $150 million debut, giving Lionsgate its first tentpole franchise.



Friday's performance, which included $19.7 million in Thursday midnight runs, put Hunger Games in the same territory as the Harry Potter and Twilight film series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final installment in that series, holds the record for best opening-day gross ($91.1 million), followed by The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 ($71.6 million), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($68.5 million) and now Hunger Games.

Hunger Games drew an A CinemaScore overall on Friday night, with those under the age of 25 giving it a glowing A+ and those over 25 an A-.


Part of the movie's strength is that it is appealing to males as well as females, unlike the femme-heavy Twilight franchise, another blockbuster film property based on a young-adult book series. Males made up 39 percent of Hunger Games' Friday night audience, while females made 61 percent. It also is playing evenly in terms of age, another boost.

Hunger Games has a good shot at cracking the top five best openings of all time at the domestic box office. Breaking Dawn Part 1 ranks fifth with a $138.1 million debut

And Hunger Games is certain to post the best opening ever for a nonsequel, as well as the best March opener of all time (2010's Alice in Wonderland is the current record holder with $116 million).


Hunger Games, produced by Nina Jacobson, is generating big numbers at Imax theaters, which turned in $1.3 million in Thursday midnight grosses, the best showing for a nonsequel.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hunger-games-friday-box-office-jennifer-lawrence-303934

Kosty
03-25-2012, 02:42 AM
http://www.the-numbers.com/images/news/biggest-days-for-non-sequels.png


Friday Estimates: Hunger Games Smashes Non-Sequel Single Day Record

Lionsgate have announced a massive opening day of $68.25 million for The Hunger Games, which is by a large margin the biggest ever day for a non-sequel film:




This day sets the film up for an opening of about $145 million, based on analysis of big opening weekends since 2005 (click here to see the chart, and here to download the raw data). In fact, a linear regression based on the 55 films in the sample gives a projected opening weekend of $146,646,093, and we can say with 95% confidence that the total weekend gross will be between $116,731,410 and $176,560,776.

In other words, it's virtually certain that Alice in Wonderland's record for biggest weekend by a non-sequel film will be broken, and there's a (very) small chance that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will be dethroned as the record holder for biggest ever weekend. Most likely, The Hunger Games will end up 4th on the list of record weekends at the box office.

- Friday Estimates

Bruce Nash [email protected]


Date posted: 2012-03-24
http://www.the-numbers.com/interactive/newsStory.php?newsID=7139

Kosty
03-25-2012, 05:32 AM
FANS FEASTING ON ‘HUNGER GAMES’! Record $150M Weekend Beats Twilight Saga


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By NIKKI FINKE | Saturday March 24, 2012 @ 10:01pm PDT
Tags: Australia box office, Hollywood box office, International Box Office, Lionsgate, The Hunger Games

SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM, 8TH UPDATE… EXCLUSIVE: My sources say this opening weekend’s North American grosses for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games likely total a humongous $150 million after making $68.2M Friday and $50M Saturday anticipating a decent Sunday hold.

That’s a record-setter: the 4th all-time biggest opening three-day weekend, behind 2008′s The Dark Knight but beating all the Twilight Saga films; and the highest non-sequel opening weekend ever; and the highest March opening ever. The Twilight Saga: New Moon debuted to $142.8M in November 2009, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 opened to $138.1M in November 2011.

The Hunger Games began shattering records with its $19.75M midnights from 2,565 theaters Friday. Then it expanded into 4,137 locations, with a screen count just under 10,000 prints. About 75% of those prints are in digital theaters, including 268 IMAX theaters across North America. Hunger Games records include the highest debut single day for a non-sequel ever, and the 5th highest opening day ever.

Why is it doing so well? Because this brutal actioner about love and courage was based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of post-apocalyptic young adult novels and made better than it had to be given all the omnipresent marketing and media hype...
http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/

ack_bak
03-26-2012, 09:34 AM
I have to say "The Hunger Games" was really well done. Lionsgate must be partying like it is 1999 :)

I also read they are not splitting the third and final book into two movies, so there will be four movies released for this franchise.

h0mi
03-26-2012, 10:41 AM
Is hunger games a 3d flick? I wasn't planning on seeing it but may change my mind.

ack_bak
03-26-2012, 11:16 AM
Is hunger games a 3d flick? I wasn't planning on seeing it but may change my mind.

No. But it is playing in Imax.

h0mi
03-26-2012, 11:45 AM
Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.

ack_bak
03-26-2012, 12:03 PM
Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.

It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.

Lee Stewart
03-26-2012, 12:58 PM
It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.

Despite what many think, 3D is not a genre specific technique. It can be applied to any genre successfully. Just like 2.40 widescreen.

ack_bak
03-26-2012, 01:32 PM
Despite what many think, 3D is not a genre specific technique. It can be applied to any genre successfully. Just like 2.40 widescreen.

http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/62152-3d-for-jurassic-park-but-not-hunger-games

From the director:
Now of course the question that's certainly on many people's minds: Will any of the Hunger Games movies be in 3D? Director Gary Ross says no, although it's actually not a bad idea (Interestingly enough, Gary's father, Arthur Ross, was one of the writers on Creature From the Black Lagoon, one of the best 3D movies in the history of the medium).

Ross told MTV he won't do 3D for the next movie, Catching Fire, "I don't think it's appropriate for this film. I think that if we shoot this movie in 3D, we become the Capitol; we start making spectacle out of something that I don't think is really appropriate here. I mean, I love 3D, I really do and I think it's a wonderful tool, I just don't think it's the right tool for this." 



I don't think we will see it for the first two movies. Possibly for the third and fourth.

Kosty
03-26-2012, 03:25 PM
Wow that's pretty amazing that a non 3d movie is raking in a lot of cash like that.

Yeah those revenues are all butts in seats and there is no 3D premium inflating the box office revenue results.

I have not seen it yet, but I will see the theatrical release. I have already talked to people that have seen it and most say they want to see it again so its going to probably have a lot of fan repeat viewing as well. That's what really makes blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar and the Twilight Saga stories.

Kosty
03-26-2012, 03:28 PM
I have to say "The Hunger Games" was really well done. Lionsgate must be partying like it is 1999 :)

I also read they are not splitting the third and final book into two movies, so there will be four movies released for this franchise.

The Hunger Games then Catching Fire then Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

Just like they split the last Twilight Saga book into two movies.

Kosty
03-26-2012, 03:30 PM
It appeals to a wide audience and was a top selling book series. Lionsgate should be commended that they did an excellent job casting, directing, and marketing the movie. It is really well done.

It is a very gritty movie, I don't know if 3D would have been a good choice.


It adds males and more adults into the Twilight Saga fan group.

By adding a SF element to a teen angst story it broadens the reach.

Kosty
03-26-2012, 11:00 PM
“The Hunger Games” received strong critical reaction, and audiences in exit polls gave it an A score, which means the movie will probably play well in the weekends ahead. Lionsgate said the audience was 39 percent male, which is another sign of a cultural juggernaut. In comparison, the “Twilight” movies have been mostly a female phenomenon; the audience for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I” was only 20 percent male, for instance.


Despite experiencing one of the biggest flops in memory, “John Carter,” which forced Disney to take a $200 million write down, Hollywood has sharply improved its performance over last year. Even before “The Hunger Games” arrived, attendance for the year was 18 percent higher than the same period in 2011, fueled by hits like “The Lorax” and “The Vow.” Now attendance is now up 22 percent.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/movies/hunger-games-breaks-box-office-records.html?hpw&gwh=F7B936B143102B57D9867D1654E4A05A

Kosty
03-28-2012, 02:23 PM
Why 'Hunger' soared; 'Carter' bombed

By Gene Seymour, Special to CNN
updated 7:56 AM EDT, Tue March 27, 2012

Moviegoers wait in line for the opening of "The Hunger Games," March 22 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.


Gene Seymour: "Hunger Games," "John Carter" exist to make money, appeal to masses

But "Hunger's" returns went through the roof, he writes, "Carter's" fell through the floor
Wildly expensive "Carter" seems old, he says, while "Hunger Games" is of the moment
Seymour hopes young audiences are aware of Hollywood's hype manipulation


(CNN) -- Pure products of Hollywood, "The Hunger Games" and "John Carter" were conceived, designed, stretched and pre-tested with one purpose: to lighten billfolds while satisfying mass appetites.
These two movies seemed especially intent on seizing the wavering attention spans of young people with premises deeply rooted in science-fiction -- or, as some genre lovers might prefer to call it, speculative phantasmagoria.

Same goals, different results. Drastically. Different. Results.
Hunger Games, in case you hadn't heard by now, has exceeded advance expectations by reaping $155 million in its first three days of nationwide release. That's the third-highest opening tally in box-office history, just beneath the $158.4 million drawn from 2008's Batman sequel, "The Dark Knight," and not too far removed from the $169.2 million made last summer by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II."

Those latter two features were sequels, while "Hunger Games" is just the first installment of what will almost certainly be a trilogy of films made from Suzanne Collins' phenomenally popular trilogy of books. The stories are set in a dystopian future in which a totalitarian society forces teenagers to engage in globally televised ritual murder. This means that "Hunger Games" made the biggest, fattest opening-weekend nut of any movie that wasn't a sequel or spin-off.

Meanwhile, after two weeks in the Great American Multiplex, "John Carter" continues to tumble in what many believe is a downward spiral of similarly unprecedented dimension.


Disney's lavish, $250 million adaptation of the swords-on-Mars fantasy novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs brought in $5 million, increasing its overall box office to $62.3 million -- roughly half of which was made in its own opening weekend. Those using the word "epic" to classify "John Carter" now use it to describe its estimated $200 million shortfall.

"John Carter," for whatever it's worth, isn't quite as dismal a movie as it is a moneymaker. Thirty, even 20 years ago, it might have been exotic enough to be taken for pop-cultural innovation. Now it comes across as a lumbering, good-natured oaf who happened to stumble into the marketplace at the wrong time. On the other hand, "The Hunger Games," with its reality-TV-on-toxic-drugs premise, is so very much "of its time" that it's tempting to think much of its imagined future has already arrived. (Do you feel a draft? I do.)

Meanwhile, those who approach "John Carter" with foreknowledge of its box-office crash-and-burn might be surprised to see how charming it can be at times, especially when its eponymous Civil War veteran-turned-rhino-riding superhero (Taylor Kitsch) is adjusting his previously Earth-bound muscles to Martian gravity. In its heedlessly bombastic manner, the movie is faithful to its origins as a rip-snorting romantic fantasy much like Burroughs' far more famous stories featuring Tarzan. If the producers were more willing to let Andrew Stanton direct the movie as the garish, live-action comic strip it was meant to be, it might have connected, though not necessarily for a home run.

But even the decision to call the movie "John Carter," instead of "John Carter of Mars" or even "A Princess of Mars," the actual title of Burroughs' first installment of the Carter opus, is emblematic of an over-cautiousness that dampens every sequence and set-piece. The whole movie feels worked-over, second-guessed, whipped to a thickness that hobbles the movie's momentum. It's as if "John Carter" wants you to see every single one of those aforementioned millions of dollars up on the screen. And who besides an accountant would care?

The budget of "Hunger Games" is an estimated -- and, as with the movie itself, relatively modest -- $100 million. There are flashy things to see in Gary Ross' movie, from the chompers on Stanley Tucci's unctuous host to the pyrotechnic dress worn by the story's otherwise ice-cool heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). But the movie's adapters, including Suzanne Collins herself, know that the basic story elements have already worked their mojo on their target audience; even those who haven't read the books likely were drawn by curiosity. Whatever special effects were marshaled on the movie's behalf didn't seem as important as how Kat would wriggle or shoot her way out of trouble.

Those wishing "Hunger Games" had more tragic dimension or made its audience more explicitly feel the sting of its carnage have a point. But the movie wasn't made for them. It was made for the millions of young readers who, for whatever reason, share Kat's smoldering resentment of the status quo.

I'd like to think that as these young adults of all ages buy their tickets to this speculative phantasmagoria, they retain some suspicion, however vague, that the hype masters who made them flock to the multiplexes on cue over the weekend exert a not-altogether-benign influence over their lives.

If that's so, and I'm not really all that hopeful, it may become harder over time to hurl big, bloated carnivals at them to lighten their wallets. Even if they're good-natured, slovenly lugs like "John Carter."


http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/27/opinion/seymour-hunger-games-john-carter/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

Kosty
04-01-2012, 09:33 PM
Box Office Report: 'Hunger Games' Hits $251 Mil; 'Wrath,' 'Mirror' Underwhelm

8:51 AM PDT 4/1/2012 by Pamela McClintock

"Wrath of the Titans" earns $34.2 million, compared to $61.2 million for "Clash of the Titans" in 2010; Julia Roberts' Snow White pic 'Mirror Mirror' tops out at $19 million; The Weinstein Co.'s documentary "Bully" off to good start.

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•Box Office Updates
Hunger Games towered over new entries Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror in its second weekend, grossing $61.1 million and pushing its domestic cume to $251 million. The Lionsgate pic crossed $250 million in only 10 days -- the fastest ever for a nonsequel.


From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, 3D action pic Wrath of the Titans grossed $34.2 million, compared to the $61.2 opening of Clash of the Titans two years ago. Warners knew the sequel wouldn't match that number, since Clash of the Titans opened on Good Friday, a holiday. However, tracking had suggested Wrath would open in the $35 million to $40 million.

"We made the decision to open even with Hunger Games and the NCAA Final Four baskeball games so that we could play through the heart of the holidays," Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said. "We knew this would be a preview."

Fellman pointed out that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows also opened to substantially less than the first Sherlock Holmes, or $39.6 million versus $62.3 million, but that the sequel eventually caught up and has now surpassed the first film. The first Sherlock Holmes opened on Dec. 25 in 2009 (a Friday), while Game of Shadows opened on Dec. 16, 2011.

Wrath of the Titans did far better overseas over the weekend, opening to $78 million and beating Hunger Games, which has been a softer play internationlly outside of English-speaking territories. Wrath's global opening is $112.2 million.

Hunger Games grossed $34.8 million in its second weekend of play at the foreign box office, putting its cume at $113.9 million and global total at $364.9 million.

By opening Wrath of the Titans before Easter, Warners says it can take advantage of spring break, which is staggered over the next two weeks in the U.S. Overseas, the Easter holiday also can be lucrative at the box office.

Wrath of the Titans, playing in a total of 4,127 locations, drew 65 percent of its revenues from 3D runs. That included including more than 290 IMAX theaters, which generated $4.7 million in ticket sales, or 14 percent of the total gross.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-report-hunger-games-josh-hutcherson-jennifer-lawrence-wrath-titans-mirror-mirror-306644

Kosty
04-01-2012, 09:37 PM
Box Office Monster 'Hunger Games' Likely Headed for $350 Mil Domestic Run

12:59 PM PDT 3/25/2012 by Pamela McClintock

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Some box office observers believe the Lionsgate movie could even approach $400 million; the film's foreign prospects aren't as bright.

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games successfully scored one of the best openings of all time at the North American box office, but the hunt is far from over--now comes the question of the film's playability.

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•Box Office Updates

Fan-driven movies, including Harry Potter and Twilight, usually have huge opening weekends and then fall off more quickly than other tentpoles. Only one Twilight film has ever crossed $300 million domestically, while only two Potter pics have. The final Potter film grossed just north of $381 million, while Sorcerer's Stone cumed $317 million. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse grossed $300.5 million.

Yet bullish box office observers believe that Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling dystopian young adult novel, could gross between $350 million and $400 million domestically based on its strength across all demos, including families, and particularly among tweens and teens, who are huge repeat moviegoers. (Also, director Gary Ross' films, from Seabiscuit to Pleasantville, have always enjoyed a generous multiple.)

Hunger Games opened to a record-shattering $155 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, the third best debut of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 2 and The Dark Knight, which cumed $533.3 million domestically.


At the very least, they project that Hunger Games will cross $300 million, putting the movie ahead of any title in the Twilight franchise (top Twilight earner was New Moon, which cumed $296.6 million domestically)

Save for Iron Man 2, which topped out at $623.9 million globally, every title on the top 10 list of biggest openings went on to gross north of $700 million worldwide. Hunger Games isn't certain of hitting that mark based on its solid, but far from spectacular, international opening of $59.3 million from 67 markets.
Hunger Games came in slightly ahead of the first Twilight in terms of its international opening, according to Lionsgate. That film topped out at $199 million worldwide. Hunger Games saw its strongest numbers in English-speaking markets, including Australia ($9.7 mililon) and the U.K. ($7.5 million). Hunger Games may not reach $200 million internationally.

The overall box office might of Hunger Games is a milestone for Lionsgate, which has never had a tenptole franchise. The independent studio -- which is presently merging with Summit Entertainment, home of the Twilight series -- spent $80 million to make Hunger Games after rebates.

"Based on the trajectory of the weekend, we are going to have an unbelievable hold," said Lionsgate executive president of distribution David Spitz. "This film is going to play and play."

Hunger Games is assured of being a profit generator for Lionsgate, which contends it kept marketing costs under $50 million. And the company, which plans on making three more Hunger Games films, covered a large share of the budget by selling off foreign rights.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-suzanne-collins-josh-hutcherson-304030

Kosty
04-01-2012, 10:35 PM
Total Recall First Full-Length Trailer Hits the Web (Video)

3:30 PM PDT 4/1/2012 by THR Staff

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sWMhADqlPYg

After teasing fans with a tiny 33-second preview, Columbia Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for the hotly anticipated Total Recall.

In Len Wiseman's remake of the scifi classic, Colin Ferrell stars as a ordinary man who has memories planted into his mind by a company called Rekall. When the system goes haywire, Ferrell learns that he is, in fact, a spy in disguise. Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston also star in the film.

The trailer debuted on ABC during an NBA game on Sunday between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. In case you missed it, view below. Total Recall is set for a August 3 release.


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/total-recall-trailer-colin-farrell-len-wiseman-arnold-schwarzenegger-306664

Kosty
04-09-2012, 08:09 PM
Weekend box office performance:

Titanic 3D did $17 M for the weekend but $25 M for its first 5 days of release

Current Box Office Totals:

$300 M The Hunger Games
$209 M Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par.
$198 M The Lorax

$124 M Safe House
$123 M The Vow
$109 M 21 Jump Street

$99 M Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
$68 M Act of Valor
$67 M John Carter
$58 M Wrath of the Titans



The Hunger Games LGF $33,111,557 $302,450,722
American Reunion Uni. $21,514,080 $21,514,080
Titanic 3D Par. $17,285,453 $25,645,935
Wrath of the Titans WB $14,732,121 $58,614,212
Mirror Mirror Rela. $11,095,140 $36,773,242
21 Jump Street Sony $10,001,381 $109,413,763
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Uni. $5,030,025 $198,204,375

John Carter BV $830,305 $67,983,652
Safe House Uni. $575,990 $124,746,150
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $539,275 $99,387,951
Act of Valor Rela. $531,103 $68,764,310
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par. $70,159 $209,364,921


http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Kosty
04-09-2012, 08:17 PM
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Kosty
04-09-2012, 08:44 PM
Battleship - Aliens Featurette
Apr 09, 2012

Check out this exclusive featurette on the enemies in the Hasbro game-to-film Battleship.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/04/09/battleship-aliens-featurette?utm_campaign=ign+main+twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social



Battleship - Goldilocks Planet Featurette
Mar 23, 2012


Director Peter Berg explains why those nasty aliens are out to get Earth and sink our Battleship in the video featurette "Goldilocks Planet."
http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/03/23/battleship-goldilocks-planet-featurette

Kosty
04-09-2012, 08:56 PM
The Biggest Summer Movies of 2012

Summer is almost here and with it comes The Avengers, Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises and more explosions than you can count.

Apr 06, 2012


http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/04/06/the-biggest-summer-movies-of-2012

Kosty
04-09-2012, 08:57 PM
The Avengers Initiative: Captain America
Mar 21, 2012

IGN looks back at where the Sentinel of Liberty has been and where he may be headed in Marvel's The Avengers.http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/03/21/the-avengers-initiative-captain-america

Kosty
04-11-2012, 02:27 AM
Nice slide show at THR of the summer blockbusters

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/summer-movies-2012-dark-knight-rises-prometheus-avengers-308238


28 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies: 'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight,' 'Prometheus'

9:22 AM PDT 4/6/2012 by Pamela McClintock

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Earth is under fire in May, sci-fi takes a front seat in June, heroes come and go in July and August closes the season with a bang. THR highlights the hottest films of Summer 2012.


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/summer-movies-2012-dark-knight-rises-prometheus-avengers-308238

PSound
04-12-2012, 08:43 AM
‘Avengers’ Tracking Like Superhero: $125+M Opening Weekend With Four Quadrant Appeal

One expert provided me with a box office guesstimate that this assembly of Marvel superheroes should open during its 3-day non-holiday weekend to $100+M domestic. That would make the film Marvel’s biggest non-sequel opening, and its highest-grossing since Iron Man 2 ($128M opening weekend which ultimately made $312.4M domestic/$311.5M international for $623.9M worldwide). Right now Disney and theatre owners are adding screens every day for the release whose online pre-sales of tickets are already selling out.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/avengers-tracking-like-superhero-125m-opening-weekend-with-four-quadrant-appeal/

Kosty
04-14-2012, 02:38 PM
Titanic Sep 14

No DVD only version mentioned yet, only BD+DVD combos


James Cameron's 'Titanic' Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Pre-Orders Live!


Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM ET
Tags: Paramount, Disc Announcements (all tags)

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One of the biggest motion pictures of all-time is coming to Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D in September and that's just the tip of the iceberg -- as Amazon is also running a pretty sweet promotion for the release!

In an early announcement to retailers, Paramount is preparing 'Titanic' Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack and 'Titanic - 3D' Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack, and according to Amazon the date is set for September 14.

James Cameron's 'Titanic' took home Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Best Art Direction and Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Sound Effects Editing,Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Original Song, and Best Sound.

Specs and supplements have yet to be revealed, but suggested list price for the Blu-ray is set at $44.99 and the Blu-ray 3D is $54.99.

Amazon has both editions listed for roughly 50% off and anyone who orders either release will also receive a $3 gift card (while the promotion lasts)!

You can find the latest specs for 'Titanic' and 'Titanic - 3D' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are both indexed under September 14.

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area (http://forums.highdefdigest.com/showthread.php?t=124702), or check out other recent discussions.
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Paramount/James_Camerons_Titanic_Blu-ray_and_Blu-ray_3D_Pre-Orders_Live/9243

PSound
05-04-2012, 09:08 PM
Rival studios tell me they expect Marvel’s The Avengers from Disney to open to $67M (within a range of $60M and $70M) today and around $160M (within a range of $157M-$165M) its first weekend in North America. No records going down yet. More later.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/avengers-now-260-5m-overseas-could-reach-585m-worldwide-through-sunday-with-u-s-canada-russia-china-openings/

PSound
05-05-2012, 09:34 AM
Now Disney says the domestic total is on pace for a record-setting $175M through Sunday from 4,349 U.S. and Canadian locations, including 3,364 plays in 3D. This would make it the all-time biggest domestic weekend opening ever. (Past Warner Bros’ 3D Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which stll holds the Friday opening record of $91M but no longer the first weekend record of $169M.)

“Note to Hollywood: This is what happens when you let comic fans do comic book movies. Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park. The right mix of humor without camp, special effects without overusage, and action with good script. Having actors who like and/or know the characters doesn’t hurt either. Props to the casting folks.”

Big, big numbers for The Avengers along with great reviews.

Kosty
05-05-2012, 10:58 PM
‘AVENGERS’ $175M-$179M RECORD!

$60M-$64M Saturday & $80.5M Friday For Biggest Domestic Weekend And $575+M Worldwide

By NIKKI FINKE | Saturday May 5, 2012 @ 8:45pm PDT




SATURDAY PM… REFRESH FOR LATEST… Sources tell me that Marvel’s The Avengers is looking at $60M-$64M for today after making $80.5M Friday (including $18.7M midnights) and is still on track for that record-setting $175M-$179M domestic weekend opening. Refined numbers later…http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/avengers-now-260-5m-overseas-could-reach-585m-worldwide-through-sunday-with-u-s-canada-russia-china-openings/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kosty
05-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Now looking at $200+ opening weekend. That's silly good.


‘THE AVENGERS’ NOW BIGGEST OPENER! Shocking $200M Record Domestic Weekend: Expecting $640+M Global From First 12 Days

By NIKKI FINKE | Sunday May 6, 2012 @ 8:52am PDT
Tags: Hollywood box office, International Box Office, Marvel Disney, Marvel's The Avengers

SUNDAY AM… REFRESH FOR LATEST… It’s now official — Marvel’s The Avengers is a monster worldwide hit for Disney in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD, and IMAX 3D theaters. The studio says 52% saw it in 3D, 40% in traditional 3D, 8% in IMAX, and 4% on premium large format.

Exit polls showed the actioner attracted a four-quadrant audience with 50% over age 25 and 50% under 25, while 60% were male and 40% female. Also 55% were couples, 24% families, and 21% teens. Hollywood couldn’t be happier because it kicks off the all-important Summer 2012 movie season with sensational numbers.

Avengers lived up to its billing as the ‘Superhero Team-Up Of A Lifetime’ by featuring all-in-one pic the iconic Marvel figures Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Nick Fury.

Disney says it’s looking at a record $69.7M grosses for Saturday after making $80.5M Friday (including $18.7M midnights) from 4,349 U.S. and Canadian locations, including 3,364 plays in 3D. Studio confirms it’s on track to shatter the domestic weekend opening record with $200.3M. (Warner Bros’ 3D Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 finale used to hold that record with $169M.)

I believe Disney is being overly conservative and the final figure will exceed that since Avengers should make over $50M on Sunday. (And I thought SNL Kagan’s report predicting that $200M domestic debut before the weekend was nuts. Not now…) Disney will report exact international numbers later Sunday but says the worldwide total is already $640M after playing almost everywhere around the globe for the past 12 days including Russia and now China.

Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) went to the Beijing Film Festival to help open the film Saturday. One more thing to keep in mind: Avengers accumulated a massive foreign number without opening yet in the major market of Japan. Globally, IMAX Avengers grossed $21.1+M this weekend and the global IMAX cume will be approx $31.2M as of Sunday night. IMAX Avengers brought in $6.1 mil internationally (which includes an amazing first day gross in China of $1.1M) on 174 digital-only locations.

In North America IMAX had one big issue: it ran out of seats to sell. Avengers grossed $15+M domestically on 275 digital-only IMAX screens, which looks to be a virtual tie with the Harry Potter finale for the highest grossing opening weekend in IMAX’s history. It reports 17 of the top 20 engagements in North America playing the film were IMAX runs, and 110 domestic IMAX locations established a new opening Saturday record.

The global pressure was on because Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film from The Walt Disney Studios which took over marketing and distribution duties from Paramount. Disney CEO/President Bob Iger bought the comics entertainment company for $4 billion in 2009.

Paramount still gets marquee credit and a portion of the fees. (I’m told that when Disney bought the distribution of Avengers and Iron Man 3, Paramount was paid a minimum of $115M. It gets the higher of the $115M or the combination of its 8% fee on Avengers, plus 9% on next years Iron Man 3. “Looks like there will be overages!” a Paramount exec told me excitedly Sunday. Paramount also kept the pay rights as part of the deal so Avengers will debut on Epix.)

Why did this superhero actioner do so well at the box office? As one of my commenters succinctly summarizes: “Note to Hollywood: This is what happens when you let comic fans do comic book movies. Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park. The right mix of humor without camp, special effects without overusage, and action with good script. Having actors who like and/or know the characters doesn’t hurt either. Props to the casting folks.” More details below.

No other major pic dared go up against this juggernaut. Holdovers only total $45M this weekend which is looking like $230M – or +38% over last year. Here’s the Top 10 (based on weekend estimates):

1. Marvel’s The Avengers (Disney) NEW [4,349 Theaters] PG13
Friday $80.5M, Saturday $69.7M, Weekend $200M, Global $640M

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http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/

Kosty
05-06-2012, 07:11 PM
‘Avengers’ Vanquish Box-Office Rivals

By BROOKS BARNES
Published: May 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Sorry, Harry. “The Avengers” have crushed you.

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Scarlett Johansson in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
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In a strong start to Hollywood’s summer movie season the superhero team in “Marvel’s The Avengers” took in about $200.3 million at North American theaters over the weekend, according to Walt Disney Studios, which released the film.

That No. 1 result easily smashed what the movie industry considers the record, set last summer by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” for the biggest opening weekend of all time. Its total was $169.2 million if you don’t account for inflation, or about $172 million if you do.

“The Avengers” — about a star squad of Marvel superheroes, including Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow — is now on track to take in over $1 billion at the global box office, analysts estimate. This 3-D picture, directed by Joss Whedon (until now best known for creating “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), has already sold about $441.5 million in tickets overseas and has yet to open in important markets like Japan.

“I’m running low on double takes,” Dave Hollis, executive vice president for distribution at Disney, said on Sunday morning. “As the numbers came in, we kept thinking, ‘Can these numbers possibly be right?’ ”

Marvel Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company, spent about $220 million to make the film and at least another $100 million on global marketing. The film played at 4,349 locations in North America, and 52 percent of its domestic ticket sales came from 3-D showings, which cost $3 to $5 more than standard screenings. About 60 percent of the audience was male, Mr. Hollis said.

“Euphoric” was the only way to describe theater chains, some of which reported that their ticket-selling systems became overwhelmed with demand. “Imax had one big issue: We ran out of seats to sell,” Greg Foster, president of Imax Filmed Entertainment, the programming division of the large-format film company, wrote in an e-mail on Sunday morning.

No other movie came close to “The Avengers” over the weekend. “Think Like a Man” (Sony) was second, taking in about $8 million for a three-week total of $73 million, according to Hollywood.com, which compiles box-office data. “The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate) took in about $5.7 million in third place, lifting its seven-week total to $380.7 million.

“The Lucky One” (Warner Brothers) was fourth, taking in $5.5 million for a three-week total of $47.9 million, and “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (Sony) was fifth, selling about $5.4 million in tickets for a two-week total of $18.6 million.

Several factors contributed to the enormous audience interest in “The Avengers,” starting with its quality. The movie, stuffed to the brim with special effects, has been popular with most critics, with the review-aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com rating it at 94 percent on the “fresh” scale. Audiences in exit polls gave the film a rare A-plus score, an indication that word-of-mouth was strong. The Hulk, played this time by Mark Ruffalo, has received particularly high marks.

“People come to the movies to see giant spectacles, but what really makes the difference is over-delivering on expectations,” said Kevin Feige, a producer of “The Avengers” and president of Marvel Studios. “Maybe it’s delivering a movie that is funnier than people expected or one that moves them a little bit more than they expected. Joss has accomplished that.”

Marvel also expertly orchestrated one of the longest marketing teases in Hollywood history. The studio planted the seeds for an all-star “Avengers” movie in 2008 with the release of “Iron Man,” played by Robert Downey Jr. Then a thunder god with a magic hammer, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), got his own movie, followed by Captain America (Chris Evans). Iron Man arrived with a sequel. All were worldwide hits.

This strategy, largely devised by Mr. Feige and mirroring how Marvel historically approached the publication of its comics, carried enormous risk. If even one of those prior films had flopped, “The Avengers” — envisioned as a multifilm series — would have been thrown into question.

More Marvel is on the way. Sony will release “The Amazing Spider-Man” in July. (Sony holds those rights in a long-standing deal that predates Disney’s purchase of Marvel.) “Iron Man 3” is scheduled for next May, with “Thor 2” following in November of next year. A sequel to “Captain America: The First Avenger” is planned for April 2014.

The turnout for “The Avengers” is being called a record by the movie industry even though independently verified box-office data is available going back only about 30 years. That means inflation cannot be taken into account when measuring the success of old blockbusters like “Gone With the Wind.”

Still, it marks an important win for Disney, which has struggled mightily at the box office in recent months. The studio’s last major release was “John Carter,” a failed science-fiction epic that prompted Disney to take a $200 million write-down. The company fired its movie chairman last month and has not yet announced a successor.

Hollywood will now try to keep the “Avengers” momentum going by releasing blockbusters every weekend until Labor Day, a season that typically accounts for 40 percent of the industry’s annual ticket sales. It’s a summer stuffed with promising new entries, like “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and franchises: the return of Will Smith in “Men in Black III,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”


One window for armchair box-office analysts to watch in particular is Aug. 3, when two major releases will go after the same audience: “The Bourne Legacy,” the first film in that series without Matt Damon, and “Total Recall.”

The movie industry is trying hard to reverse four consecutive summers of declining attendance. Ticket sales for the summer period last year totaled $4.38 billion; attendance was about 543 million, the lowest tally since 1997. This year has been strong so far, with ticket sales up 16 percent to $3.6 billion and attendance up 18 percent.



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/movies/marvels-the-avengers-top-box-office-record.html?hp&gwh=C5DCCAE0BA3B41295F791BC432E04ACE

Kosty
05-06-2012, 07:22 PM
The Hollywood Reporter's Summer Movie Summary

click link for slide show and summaries


28 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies: 'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight,' 'Prometheus'

9:22 AM PDT 4/6/2012 by Pamela McClintock

Earth is under fire in May, sci-fi takes a front seat in June, heroes come and go in July and August closes the season with a bang. THR highlights the hottest films of Summer 2012.


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/summer-movies-2012-dark-knight-rises-prometheus-avengers-308238

Kosty
05-06-2012, 07:27 PM
The movie industry is trying hard to reverse four consecutive summers of declining attendance.

Ticket sales for the summer period last year totaled $4.38 billion; attendance was about 543 million, the lowest tally since 1997.

This year has been strong so far, with ticket sales up 16 percent to $3.6 billion and attendance up 18 percent.


Of course declines in the box office performance since 2007 and the poor showing last year have had a direct impact on DVD+Blu-ray sales and home entertainment rentals in general. A lot of that has also been a result of the economy but the strength of releases since 1997 has also been a factor.

Hopefully that will change a bit this year with this crop of summer releases. So far so good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/movies/marvels-the-avengers-top-box-office-record.html?hp&gwh=C5DCCAE0BA3B41295F791BC432E04ACE

sbuberl
05-07-2012, 08:49 AM
Deadline changed their estimate to $205 million, and then, this morning they claimed to be about $207.1 million. Haven't seen anyone else mention this number yet. We'll see.

Source (http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/avenger-update-205m-record-domestic/)

PSound
05-07-2012, 09:02 AM
Deadline changed their estimate to $205 million, and then, this morning they claimed to be about $207.1 million. Haven't seen anyone else mention this number yet. We'll see.

Source (http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/avenger-update-205m-record-domestic/)

I wouldn't doubt the higher numbers. Word of mouth is off the charts.


I hope it means that non-geeks will finally get to know about Joss Whedon. Maybe the next show he develops will actually get more than 2 seasons to develop an audience.

Kosty
05-07-2012, 09:34 AM
I wouldn't doubt the higher numbers. Word of mouth is off the charts.


I hope it means that non-geeks will finally get to know about Joss Whedon. Maybe the next show he develops will actually get more than 2 seasons to develop an audience.

I'd second that.

Kosty
05-08-2012, 08:02 AM
See original article for hyperlinks as well as the mashup trailer.

http://screenrant.com/ultimate-2012-summer-movie-trailer-benk-169790/


The Ultimate 2012 Summer Movie Trailer

May 7, 2012 by Ben Kendrick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vc8JqjKQFxA


The summer 2012 movie season kicked off in a big way this past weekend with The Avengers – racking up a record breaking $207 million domestic opening weekend box office haul. While you can read our review of The Avengers, hear us talk about the film in a special edition of the Screen Rant Underground podcast, as well as chat about the movie in our Avengers spoilers discussion – we’re already looking forward to what the rest of the summer has to offer movie-lovers.

In honor of our favorite season for film, we’re continuing the tradition of crafting one big all-encompassing sneak peek at the summer blockbuster schedule with an Ultimate 2012 Summer Movie Trailer (which you can find above).


In prior years, our intrepid friend Mike Eisenberg edited-together footage from the most anticipated films in the upcoming release slate – creating both the Ultimate 2010 Summer Movie Trailer and Ultimate 2011 Summer Movie Trailer. This year, Mike has been keeping busy with his own film, Stitches (you can find out more about the film at the Tall Tale Productions Facebook page) - so we’ve handed mash-up duties over to fellow video editor extraordinaire Chris Molinaro.
In the Ultimate 2012 Summer Movie Trailer, you’ll see plenty of highly-anticipated releases including The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Prometheus, and more.

As mentioned, check out the video at the top of the page (if you haven’t already) as well as the full list of included movies (and their respective release dates) below.

The Avengers – May 4th
Dark Shadows - May 11th
The Dictator – May 11th
Battleship – May 18th
What to Expect When You’re Expecting - May 18th
Men in Black 3 – May 25th
Moonrise Kingdom – May 25th (Limited Release)
Piranha 3DD – June 1st
Snow White and the Huntsman – June 1st
Apartment 143 – June 1st (Limited Release)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - June 8th
Prometheus – June 8th
Rock of Ages – June 15th
That’s My Boy – June 15th
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – June 22nd
Brave - June 22nd
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - June 22nd
G.I. Joe Retaliation - June 29th
Magic Mike – June 29th (Limited Release)
The Amazing Spider-Man – July 3rd
Savages – July 6th
Ice Age: Continental Drift – July 13th
Ted - July 13th
The Dark Knight Rises - July 20th
The Bourne Legacy – August 3rd
Total Recall - August 3rd
The Expendables 2 – August 17th
ParaNorman – August 17th
Lawless - August 31st

Overall, a pretty solid line-up this summer with some especially high-profile film releases. Of course, the trailer itself isn’t all-inclusive so for the full listing of movie releases this summer check out our Summer 2012 Movie Preview article – which contains info on a number of other buzz-worthy projects.

We have some other cool video content ideas in the pipeline but, in the meantime, make sure to tell all your friends about this latest Screen Rant trailer mash-up!

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for movie, TV, and gaming news and Chris Molinaro @Molinaro4Prez for future video mash-ups (as well as a pretty entertaining faux presidential campaign).

Song credit: Raphael Lake “Glorious”
http://screenrant.com/ultimate-2012-summer-movie-trailer-benk-169790/

Kosty
05-13-2012, 03:36 PM
Long Range Forecast

CUMULATIVE OPENING WEEKEND RELEASE DATE TITLE DISTRIBUTOR

$233,000,000 $64,000,000* 07/03/12 The Amazing Spider-Man Sony / Columbia
$220,000,000 $58,000,000 06/22/12 Brave Disney
$205,000,000 $90,000,000* 05/25/12 Men in Black 3 Sony / Columbia
$200,000,000 $58,000,000 06/08/12 Prometheus Fox

$165,000,000 $60,000,000 06/01/12 Snow White and the Huntsman Universal
$148,000,000 $48,000,000 06/29/12 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Paramount
$140,000,000 $42,000,000 06/08/12 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Paramount / DreamWorks
$129,000,000 $51,000,000 05/18/12 Battleship Universal
$120,000,000 $32,000,000 06/15/12 Rock of Ages Warner Bros.

$85,000,000 $30,000,000 06/15/12 That's My Boy Sony / Columbia
$78,000,000 $22,000,000 06/29/12 Magic Mike Warner Bros.
$65,000,000 $19,000,000 05/18/12 What to Expect When You're Expecting Lionsgate
$63,000,000 $20,000,000† 05/16/12 The Dictator Paramount
$53,000,000 $17,000,000* 07/05/12 Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D Paramount
$53,000,000 $21,000,000 06/22/12 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Fox
$49,000,000 $13,000,000 06/22/12 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Focus


$43,000,000 $19,000,000 06/29/12 Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Lionsgate
$38,000,000 $13,000,000 07/06/12 Savages Universal
$31,000,000 $15,000,000* 05/25/12 Chernobyl Diaries Warner Bros.
$23,000,000 $6,500,000 06/29/12 People Like Us Disney





Long Range Forecast: 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'Katy Perry: Part Of Me', & 'Savages'


FEATURED STORIES - on May 12, 2012 by BOXOFFICE Staff


This week, we've added three new releases to our Long Range Forecast. 2012's Independence Day entries include The Amazing Spider-Man (currently scheduled to open on Tuesday, July 3), Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D (on Thursday, July 5), and Oliver Stone's Savages (Friday, July 6).

Prior to last year, 2004's Spider-Man 2 held the three-day Independence Day weekend record with $88.2 million (after opening on Wednesday). That changed when Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon launched to $97.9 million in 2011 (also with a late Tuesday/Wednesday debut). The first Transformers rounds out the top three openers of the holiday weekend with its $70.5 million haul (following a Tuesday release) in 2007.

The Amazing Spider-Man

PROS:

- As a firmly established property across all ages, especially kids, the Spider-Man brand still has a lot of appeal and is backed by a history of huge numbers.
- The film has the coveted spot of being the marquee attraction for the lucrative Independence Day holiday week/weekend.
- The Tuesday opening could help it steamroll positive word of mouth if the film doesn't disappoint.
- While it won't be able to come anywhere close to Avengers numbers, there could be at least a small boost of goodwill from that film.
- Its online positive-to-negative comment ratio has improved with every trailer -- as has its buzz -- which is a rarity.
- Competitive advantage: 3D prices. Plus, not much competition for older audiences until The Dark Knight Rises hits.

CONS:

- Spider-Man 3 left a stigma on the series similar to how Batman & Robin did for that franchise before Christopher Nolan stepped in. Batman had seven years of downtime, while Spidey only has five. Sequels and reboots always pay for the sins of their predecessors.
- Superhero reboots typically don't set the box office on fire. See Batman Begins and Superman Returns, both of which struggled to reach $200 million. And unlike those two films, The Amazing Spider-Man doesn't even have the luxury of being the first *or* second most anticipated superhero film of its summer.
- Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, and X-Men all saw their fourth entries decline in total ticket sales by nearly half from their direct predecessors (none of which were very well-received either).
- While its social media buzz has improved with each trailer, it is still miles off from what The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were at.
- This is the dark side of what Christopher Nolan's Batman legacy hath already wrought: an industry that thinks a darker and less friendly tone can successfully apply to every superhero. This could seriously impact its core kiddie audience *and* older fans of the original movies.
- The Avengers has probably stolen a lot of this film's thunder, and Nolan's Batman finale will likely steal the rest of it.
- Many are already wondering why the origin is being remade just 10 years after it was done successfully. Audiences want something fresh or familiar.
- New cast + no star power = no familiarity for non-fans to latch onto.
- Competitive disadvantage: Brave should still have a solid kiddie audience at this point and Ice Age 4 releases just one week later. If G.I. Joe: Retaliation somehow surprises, that would spell doom for Amazing Spider-Man getting any traction with younger crowds.

Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D

PROS:

- Katy Perry has been and continues to be the "it" pop star of the moment.
- Huge album sales and popularity, appeal to both men and women, and her large teen girl audience could all serve this very well.
- Justin Bieber's, Miley Cyrus's, and Michael Jackson's concert movies all pulled very similar numbers (averaging $27 million on opening weekend and about $69 million total).
- Its not exactly scientific, but, the summer release fits nicely with Perry's "summery" image. The date could very well be the right time of year for this.
- Holiday week/weekend could beef up the audience slightly. No direct competition follows it either.
- Given the target audience, it could post strong summer midweek numbers, though weekend numbers could be deflated a bit in turn as well.

CONS:

- Releasing in the heart of summer is still a risk, and generally unprecedented, for a 3D concert movie.
- The Jonas Brothers' movie disappointed a few years back, but their level of popularity wasn't anywhere near that of Perry or the other aforementioned concert movie leads.
- Rock of Ages goes after a similar audience just a few weeks earlier.
- Perry's fan base might not be quite as obsessive as those of Cyrus and Bieber who had a TV show and a swoon factor in their favor, respectively. Repeat viewings may be low.
- Bieber's movie ran Twitter for weeks upon weeks before his film. That said, the search string for this isn't very convenient thanks to the name of the film.

Savages

PROS:

- Universal wouldn't have moved it to the summer if they weren't incredibly confident about it. This could be a mid-summer sleeper.
- Oliver Stone. Its not significant, but his name is at least somewhat appealing to select adult crowds.
- There's not much in the way of adult thrillers at this time of the year. If Amazing Spider-Man disappoints, a few extra moviegoers might be willing to take a chance on this.
- In addition to Stone's presence, there are also a lot of notable names in the ensemble cast.
- In a summer filled with superhero films and popcorn flicks, this looks to be a gritty real world film that might appeal to both men and women.

CONS:

- Oliver Stone. His box office track record leaves much to be desired for such a prolific name. He's only had one film top $76 million. That was 26 years ago.
- Mainstream audiences will favor something like G.I. Joe: Retaliation over this.
- Could be too serious for summer. These types of films are usually better suited with fall releases.
- John Travolta is coming off of two box office bombs: From Paris with Love and Old Dogs. He also has a heap of negative buzz surrounding him about propositioning different folk. Its all supposedly fabricated, but negative perception of a moral nature when it comes to a star never helps (see Tom Cruise).

Notable changes on our forecast this week include slight revisions on The Dictator, Battleship, and What to Expect When You're Expecting.

Check out our predictions for these and other upcoming films in the table below.http://www.boxoffice.com/statistics/long_term_predictions

Kosty
05-13-2012, 08:53 PM
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Kosty
05-13-2012, 08:54 PM
Here is the upcoming 2Q 2011 and 3Q 2011 weekly TBO comparisons with the primary release for each week.


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Kosty
05-13-2012, 08:55 PM
Here is the comparisons from last year 2Q 2011 to the upcoming scheduled 2Q 2012 releases from the DVD RR.

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Kosty
05-19-2012, 05:20 PM
First report, cover art seems legit.

If true, then well this is going to help the 3Q 2012 statistics. The Avengers to be released on Tuesday 09/25/12.

Its in the week between Star Wars Blu-ray and Transformers DOTM last year. Head to head YoY comparison will be The Avengers going against Bridesmaids and Dumbo Blu-ray +DVD combo from last year.

Bit longer in ARR than usual but obviously this release could pick any time slot it wanted. Being late in 3Q it will also early 4Q 2012 stats as well.

Last year major leading 3Q 2011 releases for comparison.

Q3 Total
39 10/01/11 Transformers: Dark of the Moon
38 09/24/11 Bridesmaids Dumbo BD
37 09/17/11 Thor Star Wars BD
36 09/10/11 X-Men: First Class
35 09/03/11 Madea's Big Happy Family
34 08/27/11 NCIS: Eighth Season
33 08/20/11 Priest
32 08/13/11 Jumping the Broom Paul
31 08/06/11 Rio Soul Surfer
30 07/30/11 Source Code
29 07/23/11 Limitless
28 07/16/11 Rango The Lincoln Lawyer Insidious
27 07/09/11 13 Assassins




Marvel's The Avengers Hits 3D Blu-ray and DVD September 25th





We don't have the official PR just yet, but we've been told that the Marvel's The Avengers 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD are all arriving in stores on September 25th, and these upcoming sets will be jam-packed with all kinds of special features.

The 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack comes loaded with an audio commentary from director Joss Whedon, a ton of deleted scenes including an alternate ending and a scene with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) reuniting with an Old Betty, a featurette, and a new Marvel One-Shot short film titled Item 47, which may give us just a tiny bit more of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

According to the good folks at Collider, a mega-huge 10-disc set is also being planned for the near future.

Here is a rundown of the special features along with the cover art.


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Special Features

Audio Commentary by director Joss Whedon
Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
Second Screen
Gag Reel
Deleted Scene: Maria Hill Interrogation
- Extended Scene - Loki & Barton Strategize
- Steve Rogers - Man Out of Time
- Nick Fury & World Security Council
- Extended Viaduct Fight - Raw Footage
- Fury & Hill Discuss the World Security Council
- Extended Scene - Banner and Security Guard
- Alternate Ending - Maria Hill Interrogation
Featurettes: A Visual Journey
- Assembling the Ultimate Team

Soundgarden Music Video - "Live to Rise"


Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

http://www.movieweb.com/news/marvels-the-avengers-hits-3d-blu-ray-and-dvd-september-25th

Kosty
05-19-2012, 05:28 PM
Blu-ray versions will have most of the extras.


'The Avengers' Hits DVD/Blu-ray September 25th With Alternate Ending And More Harry Dean Stanton

NEWS BY OLIVER LYTTELTON | MAY 18, 2012 4:59 PM

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Not content with holding 25 box office records to date, Marvel and Joss Whedon's superhero team-up flick "The Avengers" looks to continue to dominate the top ten this weekend, beating competitors "Battleship," "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" remorselessly, as though they were CGI recreations of a RADA-trained actor playing a Norse god. How far it goes is a good question: crossing the two-billion dollar mark and overtaking "Titanic" could be a distinct possibility, but we suspect "Avatar" might be out of reach -- that film had months to play with little competition, while blockbuster season starts to kick up a gear in the next few weeks.

But what's clear is that Marvel, and distributors Disney, are already starting to look beyond theatrical and towards further revenue streams, as the company have announced (via JoBlo) that the film will be arriving on home video formats in only a little over four months, on September 25th, as well as giving up the details on what looks to be the extras package.

The DVD, as tends to be the case these days, is relatively sparse, with only a commentary by director Joss Whedon (which is admittedly sure to be a treat) and a featurette on 'Assembling The Ultimate Team.'

But those who've upgraded to HD get a whole host more from either a two disc combo Blu-Ray set, or a four-disc 3D blu-ray set with all of the above, plus a new Marvel short called "Item 47," something called a 'Second Screen' -- presumably some kind of picture-in-picture deal, a gag reel, and some extensive deleted scenes.

Whether it adds up to the 30 minutes promised by Whedon isn't clear yet, but there seems to be plenty here, including an alternate opening and ending featuring Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), an extended version of the scene between Mark Ruffalo and Harry Dean Stanton (yes!), and something called an Extended Viaduct Fight. Where was the viaduct fight? Did we forget that completely? Or is this a whole new excised action sequence?

It's not all good news, though; you also get a music video for the song that Soundgarden contributed to the film. Disney: we will pay an extra ten dollars for a Platinum Version where there's no chance of hearing the track. Just so you know. There's also reported to be a ten-disc set in the works featuring all the Marvel movies leading up to this, but that's yet to be confirmed officially. Even if that doesn't happen, Marvel are sure to be raking it in all over again. Again, the film hits stores on September 25th, and you can check out teeny-tiny versions of some of the covers below. Watch the way the artwork gets progressively less shitty the more you have to spend on it.

Artwork removed at request of studio.


http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-avengers-hits-dvd-blu-ray-september-25th-with-alternate-ending-and-more-harry-dean-stanton-20120518

Kosty
05-24-2012, 01:55 AM
All right, the BIG release news today is that Lionsgate has officially set The Hunger Games for Blu-ray and DVD release on 8/18 at 12:01 AM (yes, that's a Saturday)... pretty much as we reported (after correction) the other day. SRP will be $39.99 and $30.98 respectively.

Extras on both versions will include the 8-part The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games documentary covering the film from development to release, 4 featurettes (Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon, Letters from the Rose Garden, Controlling the Games and A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell), the Propaganda Film ( in its entirety) and a Marketing Archive with trailers, TV spots and the like. To this the Blu-ray will also exclusively add an additional featurette - Preparing for The Games: A Director's Process. Both versions will also include a digital copy. Expect big Midnight release day events around the county and retailer exclusives TBA. Here's a look at the cover artwork for both editions...

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Kosty
05-24-2012, 02:21 AM
‘The Hunger Games’ DVD Date: Aug. 18

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By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 10:37am PDT
Tags: Lionsgate, The Hunger Games

COMMENTS (1)
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 23, 2012 — Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games juggernaut will arrive on home entertainment at 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, August 18, as the first film in Lionsgate’s (NYSE: LGF) The Hunger Games franchise, which has already grossed nearly $400 million at the North American box office and is approaching $650 million at the worldwide box office, debuts on 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), 2-disc Blu-Ray (plus digital copy), VOD and digital download with three hours of previously unavailable bonus materials in the biggest home entertainment launch in Lionsgate’s history, the Company announced today.

The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD arrive loaded with over three hours of extensive bonus materials including the comprehensive eight-part documentary, “The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games.” Other special features include a sit-down conversation with director Gary Ross as well as numerous featurettes that examine the global success of the books, the creation of the control room in the film and the filmmakers’ motivation behind creating new scenes that were not in the book plus much more. The Blu-ray Disc set contains an additional exclusive feature, “Preparing for the Games: A Director’s Process,” which looks at the progression of taking three key scenes from the book to the screen. The Hunger Games Blu-ray Disc and DVD is a must-have film that is hailed as “exciting and thought-provoking in a way few adventure dramas ever are” (New York Daily News). Fans will be able to pre-order the Blu-ray Disc and DVD, starting on Friday, May 25th, for $39.99 and $30.98, respectively.
http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/hunger-games-dvd-release-august-18-lionsgate/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Kosty
05-24-2012, 04:23 AM
Finding Nemo 3D coming to theaters this fall Sep 14, 2012, Blu-ray and DVD release to follow most likely in the 4Q holiday season.



FINDING NEMO gets a little easier with 3D - watch the official trailer

"Finding Nemo 3D" swims to a theater near you on September 14.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:11pm
If you took a toddler to see "Finding Nemo" in the theaters when it was first released in 2003, that child would be now be 11 or 12 and have no recollection of seeing it on the big screen.

And of course NO ONE—not even the moms and dads—has seen "Finding Nemo" in 3D. That's why the re-release on September 14 will probably be as big of a success as "The Lion King 3D."

Some films are just naturals for 3D, and this one sure fits the "Mine mine mine" bill. "Mine."

Here's the official "Finding Nemo 3D" trailer.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPHfeNgogVs&feature=youtu.be

http://moviemet.com/news/finding-nemo-gets-little-easier-3d-watch