Quentin Tarantino'sDjango Unchained almost matched Peter Jackson'sThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on New Year's Day, grossing $9.2 million versus $9.5 million for Hobbit.Hobbit, Django and Tom Hooper'sLes Miserables are the big winners of the year-end holidays among the nine nationwide releases opening during the final two weeks of 2012. PHOTOS: Todd McCarthy's 10 Best Movies of 2012 From New Line and MGM, Hobbit has stayed at No. 1 since rolling out Dec. 14, save for Christmas Day, when Les Mis debuted to No. 1. Hobbit, distributed and marketed by New Line parent company Warner Bros., has grossed an estimated $238.1 million to date domestically and north of $470 million overseas.The Weinstein Co.'s Django -- starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio -- has grossed $77.8 million since opening Christmas Day. Sony is TWC's partner on the R-rated pic and will release the film internationally. Django cost about $87 million to produce.Les Mis, from Universal … [Read more...] about Holiday Box Office: ‘Django’ Almost Catches Up With ‘Hobbit’ on New Year’s Day
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<!--[CDATA[ This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.It's a warm autumn afternoon in Seattle, and the hyped-up crowd at the sports bar Fuel is spilling onto the sidewalk when in walks Hollywood veteran Joe Roth -- former chairman of Fox and Disney movie studios and, at 65, one of the industry's smoothest, shrewdest, most gravity-defying producers.Instantly the bar owner materializes at his side. "Can I announce you're here?" he asks. Roth, in black sweatpants and a hoodie, demurs. "Let's keep it low-key," he says. Too late. "Excuse me, Mr. Roth," asks a patron. "May I shake your hand, sir?" PHOTOS: Disney's 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Inside the Special Effects To the sports fans of Seattle, Roth -- whose recent films include Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful -- is a hero. As managing owner of the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer since 2007, he's delivered one of his career's biggest hits. A weeknight … [Read more...] about Joe Roth’s ‘Third Act’: From ‘Gigli’ to Billion-Dollar Producer and Pro Soccer Superstar
Bee MovieReview: Fred ClausReview: American GangsterRelated story: International crowds elevate 'Saawariya' boxofficeUPDATED 9:34 p.m. PT Nov. 11, 2007Ho, ho, huh?Warner Bros.' seasonal comedy "Fred Claus," starring Vince Vaughn as Santa's naughty sibling, couldn't sleigh north of a couple nice holdovers this weekend and settled for a third-place bow with an estimated $19.2 million.Instead, DreamWorks/Paramount's "Bee Movie," using a tiny 32% drop from opening grosses, flew to the top of the domestic boxoffice in a $26 million sting. Universal/Imagine's "American Gangster," which outgunned "Bee" for the top spot the previous weekend, fell just 44% to score $24.3 million and finish second overall.The 10-day cume is $72.2 million for "Bee," an animated comedy with Jerry Seinfeld voicing the lead, uh, bee, and $80.7 million for "Gangster," a Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe crime drama directed by Ridley Scott.Meanwhile, perhaps the most complicated disappointment in a mix of limp openers … [Read more...] about ‘Bee’ honey is money at weekend boxoffice
Although grosses for '06 topped $9 billion versus $8.7 billion in '05 and admissions rose by around 3%, it wasn't a robust enough recovery to provide any real cheer for the industry. As always, some distributors were more successful than others so opinions will vary studio-by-studio as to just how good or bad a year it was. Nonetheless, the industry's overall modest gains kept Hollywood watching its bottom line more closely than ever. Studios continued to cut back on marketing spending when what they really needed to do was market more aggressively to convince people who aren't going to the movies now that they should be.Instead of being innovative in developing new ways to market its product, Hollywood continued to support the broadcast television networks by plowing most of its movie advertising dollars into 30-second network spots. This makes increasingly less sense because not only are the networks' audience shares declining, but young people -- who make up the biggest portion of … [Read more...] about Here’s to a happy new year at b.o.
There were plenty of presents to go around: Fox's "Marley," Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Disney's "Bedtime Stories," all of which opened Christmas Day, immediately established themselves as the top-three Dec. 25 bows of all time with openings of $14.7 million, $12 million and $10.6 million, respectively. In terms of all-time best Christmas days -- irrespective of when a movie opened -- "Marley" ranked second only to 2004's "Meet the Fockers," which opened on a Wednesday but built to a single-day Christmas take of $19.5 million on its first Saturday.Even MGM/UA's historical thriller "Valkyrie" shared in the holiday spirit, scoring a stronger than anticipated fourth-place showing for a weekend that saw only Lionsgate's "The Spirit" stumble on its way out of the gate."Fortunately, we had a situation where all the top movies had core audiences that overlapped some, but each had a primary audience," Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said. "The core audiences led the … [Read more...] about ‘Marley’ leads pack on Christmas weekend