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Calling-card shorts now mostly a long shot

21 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George Lucas might not want to make any more Star Wars movies now that Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith is secure in its crown as the top-grossing domestic movie of the year. But that didn't discourage West Virginia-based filmmaker Shane Felux, who this year created a sequel of his own: Star Wars: Revelations, a 47-minute opus with genuine production value, impressive special effects and -- true to the Star Wars template -- wooden dialogue and stilted acting. All Felux needed was about $20,000 to complete his film, which drew quick notice on the Internet when it debuted in April. On iFilm, the short film Web site, his film was downloaded more than 3 million times, and he earned notices in USA Today and an appearance on CNN. But despite the attention, Felux has been disappointed to discover that Revelations hasn't provided him the entrance to Hollywood that other film shorts inspired by Lucas' franchise have brought in the past. "I was hoping that the industry might stand up and go, 'All right, that's pretty good for something a little under 20K, what do you want to do next?' " Felux said. "And I'd go, 'Well, here is the next thing I want to do, here's how much it's going to cost.' And hopefully go on and make another film." »

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Calling-card shorts now mostly a long shot

21 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

George Lucas might not want to make any more Star Wars movies now that Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith is secure in its crown as the top-grossing domestic movie of the year. But that didn't discourage West Virginia-based filmmaker Shane Felux, who this year created a sequel of his own: Star Wars: Revelations, a 47-minute opus with genuine production value, impressive special effects and -- true to the Star Wars template -- wooden dialogue and stilted acting. All Felux needed was about $20,000 to complete his film, which drew quick notice on the Internet when it debuted in April. On iFilm, the short film Web site, his film was downloaded more than 3 million times, and he earned notices in USA Today and an appearance on CNN. But despite the attention, Felux has been disappointed to discover that Revelations hasn't provided him the entrance to Hollywood that other film shorts inspired by Lucas' franchise have brought in the past. "I was hoping that the industry might stand up and go, 'All right, that's pretty good for something a little under 20K, what do you want to do next?' " Felux said. "And I'd go, 'Well, here is the next thing I want to do, here's how much it's going to cost.' And hopefully go on and make another film." »

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Lucas Opens Singapore Studio

31 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas has founded a new television and digital animation movie studio in Singapore. And the new studio's first project is Clone Wars, a TV series based on the Star Wars universe, which is due to hit screens in 2007. Lucas is expecting his new studio, which is based on the experience of Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts, to set a precedent to the rest of the animation industry and to train "a new generation of digital artists". Chief technology Officer Cliff Plumer says, "We're leveraging not only the technology, but the expertise and the techniques developed over the years at Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts to train a new generation of digital artists at our Singapore studio." »

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Lucas opens Singapore arm for film, TV ani

27 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Think globally, act globally is George Lucas' latest mantra. The filmmaker's Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, a digital 'toon studio created to produce television and movies, officially opened its doors on Wednesday. The 40,000-square-foot operation situated in the Changi section of Singapore was feted with a traditional Lion Dance, blessed by a feng shui master and marked by the unveiling of a limited edition Yoda statue that greets visitors at the door. Facility head Micheline Chau, president and chief operating officer of Lucasfilm, was on hand for the opening ceremony attended by local business and foreign trade big wigs. »

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Lucas Donates $1 Million To Martin Luther King Memorial

24 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Generous Star Wars director George Lucas has given $1 million to help build a statue of US civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film-maker has also agreed to co-host a fund-raising "Dream Dinner" in San Francisco on November 19 alongside fellow supporters Carlos and Deborah Santana, Victor Macfarlane and Bonnie Fisher and Boris Dramov. The memorial will be based in Washington DC, and will cost an estimated $100 million. Fellow major contributor Sheila Johnson says, "This generous contribution from George Lucas will help honor the principles for which Dr. King stood: justice, hope, and freedom for all. By making this contribution and co-hosting the San Francisco Dream Dinner, Mr. Lucas adds to the tremendous momentum and support the MLK National Memorial Foundation has received." King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. »

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Lucas Caught Up in Union Battle

10 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars movie mogul George Lucas is at the centre of a union dispute after filing an unfair labor practices complaint against stewards in charge of sound editors who work for him. Lucas and producers at his LucasFilm company in northern California claim union representatives stalled talks to negotiate a new contract by canceling meetings and failing to respond to requests for information. Lucas' right-hand man Howard Roffman says, "We have spent four very frustrating months and have been unable to get the union to the bargaining table to negotiate. We've got a business to run here." Roffman, LucasFilm's vice-president of business affairs, admits he's baffled that anyone has any union grievances with the movie mogul, because he's a great boss. He adds, "This is a guy who has taken care of his employees like very few employers on this planet." »

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Eight Charged Over 'Star Wars' Leak

29 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Eight people who allegedly leaked Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith online before it was released in cinemas in May have been hit with various charges relating to illegal movie distribution. Documents filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney allege a copy of George Lucas' film was taken from an unnamed Californian post-production office, where one of the accused was employed. Albert Valente, 28, has pleaded guilty to stealing the movie from his workplace, and six other people have been charged with copyright infringement and distributing material illegally. The final defendant, Marc Hoaglin, 36, has been charged with putting the film on the internet and could be sentenced to three years in jail if found guilty. All eight defendants are due to appear in court next month. »

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Thom makes noise at Skywalker

12 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Randy Thom has been appointed director of sound design at Skywalker Sound. A recipient of last year's Academy Award for best sound effects editing on The Incredibles, Thom began working at Lucasfilm in 1979. He assumes the title long held by Gary Rydstrom before his departure for a directing gig at Pixar Animation Studios. "I've always been passionate about film sound and its effect on the audiences' experience, and Randy shares that passion," Skywalker founder and owner George Lucas said. "I'm happy that he has accepted this new role and am confident that his talent and experience will lead Skywalker forward in the digital age." »

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Deauville Fest to include Big Shots' Shorts

19 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- Organizers of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema announced Thursday that this year's 31st edition will include a Big Shots' Shorts sidebar. The section will feature debut short films by George Lucas, Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Robert Zemeckis and will run in association with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp. No further details were given. Organizers also confirmed that both Forest Whitaker and writer-director Robert Towne are scheduled to be in town for the festival's tribute to each. »

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'Return of the Sith' tops Oz box office year

18 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

GOLD COAST, Queensland -- Fox's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith scooped the prize for highest grossing film at the Australian box office for 2004-05, but it was distributor United International Pictures that performed best overall in the territory and cleaned up in the 60th Annual Australian International Movie Convention Awards Thursday night. The ACMI Awards honor studio films that have cleared at least AUD$10 million ($7.5 million) in the Australian market, as well as top local and foreign language performers. Twentieth Century Fox's Sith was the No. 1 film with almost $36 million ($27 million), marginally ahead of UIP's Meet the Fockers with just over $35 million ($26.4 million). "Star Wars was the reason I got into films in the first place," said Twentieth Century Fox's managing director Sunder Kimatrai, accepting the top award on stage with his team. "Thanks, George Lucas for making (it) happen in the first place." In third place, Buena Vista International's The Incredibles pulled in over $26 million ($19.6 million). »

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Lucas: Future in Asia, vid games

2 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Think George Lucas is going to take it easy now that he's completed his final Star Wars trilogy? Think again. As outlined in his keynote address to the Siggraph convention Monday afternoon, Lucas' agenda for the foreseeable future includes plans to bring the wonders of 3-D animation to Asia, produce television shows much more cheaply than the rest of the industry, develop new editing and pre-visualization tools for the masses and make sure that Industrial Light and Magic doesn't lose its famed camaraderie and creative spunk. Lucas also said thinks that with advances in voice recognition technology and artifical intelligence, the fast-growing realm of video and online gaming will move well beyond basic first-person shooter narratives. »

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Lucas bash puts center on S.F. map

26 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SAN FRANCISCO -- George Lucas unveiled the newest planet in the Lucasfilm Ltd. solar system Saturday when the filmmaker welcomed guests to the opening of the new Letterman Digital Arts Center. A ritzy lawn party and outdoor concert attracted 2,000 prominent locals that included two California senators, two San Francisco mayors and a roster of rock stars. Lucas' new $35 million digital arts center is located at the Presidio, a 23-acre national park overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The development unites three Lucas businesses on six acres in four low-rise office park buildings comprising 865,000 feet of business space. The environmentally sustainable state-of-the-art digital arts campus was designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. The inaugural party saw such political luminaries as Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Mayor Willie Brown all pay tribute to Lucas' pioneering spirit. »

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Oprah Tops New Celebrity 100

17 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Media mogul and TV talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has topped the new 2005 Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list. The annual Forbes list ranks celebrities according to their power, salaries and media presence. Winfrey was a clear choice to top the list after earning a staggering $225 million in the last 12 months, and her show is one of the world's top-rated. Golf ace Tiger Woods came in second and Mel Gibson, who topped the list in 2004, fell to number three. Star Wars creator George Lucas, who didn't appear among the Celebrity 100 last year, crashes in at number four on the new list. Meanwhile, funnymen Will Ferrell and Dave Chappelle appear on the list for the first time at numbers 18 and 78 respectively and Denzel Washington is also a Celebrity 100 virgin at number 31. The ladies of Desperate Housewives have replaced the girls of Friends - the cast of the hit new show debut on the new list at number 25, while Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow join the likes of Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey and The Rolling Stones, who fall off this year's list. Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston, who topped the list in 2003, falls to number 37. The top 10 is: 1. Oprah Winfrey, 2. Tiger Woods, 3. Mel Gibson, 4. George Lucas, 5. Shaquille O'Neal, 6. Steven Spielberg, 7. Johnny Depp, 8. Madonna, 9. Sir Elton John, 10. Tom Cruise. »

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Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith

16 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The final episode of George Lucas' cinematic epic Star Wars ends the six-movie series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, "Rewind!" Yes, rewind through more than 13 hours of bravery, treachery, new worlds, odd creatures and human frailty. The first two episodes of Lucas' second trilogy -- The Phantom Menace (1999) and Attack of the Clones (2002) -- caused more than a few fans of the original trilogy to wonder whether this prequel was worth it. The answer is a qualified yes. It did take a lot of weighty exposition, stiffly played scenes and less-than-magical creatures to get to "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." But what a ride Lucas and Company have in store!

Needless to say, international boxoffice will register in the hundreds of millions. The real question is how much money the entire series, now ready for packaging and repackaging for all sorts of formats and media, will eventually take in. Let's just say a lot.

What seems like the biggest drawback to Episode III turns out to be its strongest element. Even casual moviegoers know what is in store for the characters, who will wind up at the point where the original Star Wars -- now dubbed Episode IV -- A New Hope -- began the whole saga nearly 30 years ago. We know how Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker will turn to the dark side of the Force, how his twin children will be separated at birth and how his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi and the tiny Jedi Master Yoda will turn into his mortal enemies. Yet watching these fates unfold with such tragic inevitability, watching each piece fall into place, is genuinely thrilling. In fact, knowing that these strong characters cannot and will not escape their fate is what moves us.

The movie opens with a bang. Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor), swashbuckling Knights in jet planes, swoop into a Sith space armada, batting off various attack forces with seasoned aplomb. In the main battleship, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his coyote-faced, metal-skeletoned droid ally General Grievous -- one of many computerized characters -- hold the Republic's Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) prisoner.

Action goes nonstop for more than 20 minutes as the two Jedi Knights supply the jaunty, gravity-defying heroics, while the robot R2D2 (Kenny Baker) delivers brilliant comic action. This holds true throughout the new film as writer-director Lucas does a much better job of interweaving comedy with the dramatic and even tragic.

The seduction of the troubled Anakin to the dark side and the turn of the cool, cerebral Palpatine into the dictator of the Galactic Empire occur in an intelligent and persuasive way. The movie opens with the now traditional receding title crawl, which informs us that in the galactic warfare that has broken out, there are "heroes on both sides" and "evil is everywhere." Understandably, Anakin doesn't know whom to trust.

As it is, he leads a double life, having secretly married beauteous Sen. Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). Her pregnancy will now force that secret into the open and cause him to lose his knighthood. Even more pressing, the rescued Palpatine brings Anakin into his confidence and plants doubts in his mind about the Jedi council. Sure enough, Council head Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) signals that he has lost his trust in Anakin.

Palpatine gets Anakin appointed to the council, but Anakin is not allowed to assume to title of master. Even more troubling, each side -- Palpatine and Obi-Wan -- comes to Anakin to ask him to spy on the other side. Soon dreams suggest to Anakin that Padme will die in childbirth. Palpatine hints to the distraught husband that only by exploring the Force more fully can he save his wife.

Poor dialogue and wooden acting still inflict the second trilogy. The tragic dimension of Anakin's dilemma can only barely withstand lines like this from Padme: "You're a good person. Don't do this." Many dialogue scenes, brief as they are, feel awkward and unnatural. Such scenes start cold -- we can almost sense the clapboard moving out of camera frame -- and end with long, lingering shots of actors' blank faces. Yet in face of the epic grandeur of the film's design and action, these are mere quibbles.

Now completely at home with digital filmmaking, Lucas can blaze a pioneering path as no one else. Shooting on soundstages in Australia and Britain with additional photography in China, Thailand, Switzerland, Italy and Tunisia, Lucas thrusts viewers into pitched battles in looming caverns and giant space ships or a lightsaber duel on a river of Molten Lava. Combining choreographic action aesthetics that are American, Chinese and other worldly, Lucas has redefined fantasy filmmaking with Star Wars, while teaching a generation of filmmakers to accept no limitations.

Cinematographer David Tattersall makes everything match beautifully, while editors Roger Barton and Ben Burtt (the latter also credited with the ingenious sound design) propel the story ever forward. John Williams, Lucas' music collaborator through all six films, is content to rumble melodically in the background with only brief emotional swells at key moments. Trisha Biggar's costumes and all the props and makeup are delicious fun, genuinely integral parts of the storytelling. And the CG creatures are more lifelike than ever. A particular standout is a giant lizard McGregor gets to ride.

Yes, by all means, rewind!

STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH

20th Century Fox

A Lucasfilm Ltd. production

Credits:

Writer-director: George Lucas

Producer: Rick McCallum

Executive producer: George Lucas

Director of photography: David Tattersall

Production designer: Gavin Bocquet

Music: John Williams

Costumes: Trisha Biggar

Editors: Roger Barton, Ben Burtt

Cast:

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan McGregor

Padme: Natalie Portman

Anakin Skywalker: Hayden Christensen

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine: Ian McDiarmid

Mace Windu: Samuel L. Jackson

Sen. Organa: Jimmy Smits

Yoda (voice): Frank Oz

C-3PO: Anthony Daniels

R2D2: Kenny Baker

Count Dooku: Christopher Lee

Queen of Naboo: Keisha Castle-Hughes

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 140 minutes »

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'Smith' tops o'seas with $33.5 mil

14 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox appears on its way to top $1 billion again at the overseas boxoffice, as its third summer blockbuster in a row, the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie romantic action-thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith, found strong favor with offshore moviegoers on its opening weekend. Following on the heels of Fox's release of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith took off in a day-and-date blast with North America, collecting $33.5 million from about 3,700 screens in 42 territories. Fox's total came to $32.4 million, with the rest stemming from markets handled by Summit Entertainment for New Regency Pictures. The weekend results of Fox's three May-June offerings helped to raise the company's 2005 take at the overseas boxoffice to $916 million, according to Joe Ortiz, the international division's executive director of sales administration. Weekend activity saw the tentpole Sith move up to a $341.7 million international gross following a $20 million fourth weekend from about 8,200 screens in some 100 markets. Kingdom, meanwhile, lifted its cume to $157.7 million following a $2.5 million weekend from 2,783 screens in 32 countries. »

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'Mr. and Mrs.' tops o'seas with $33.5 mil

14 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox appears on its way to top $1 billion again at the overseas boxoffice, as its third summer blockbuster in a row, the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie romantic action-thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith, found strong favor with offshore moviegoers on its opening weekend. Following on the heels of Fox's release of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith took off in a day-and-date blast with North America, collecting $33.5 million from about 3,700 screens in 42 territories. Fox's total came to $32.4 million, with the rest stemming from markets handled by Summit Entertainment for New Regency Pictures. The weekend results of Fox's three May-June offerings helped to raise the company's 2005 take at the overseas boxoffice to $916 million, according to Joe Ortiz, the international division's executive director of sales administration. Weekend activity saw the tentpole Sith move up to a $341.7 million international gross following a $20 million fourth weekend from about 8,200 screens in some 100 markets. Kingdom, meanwhile, lifted its cume to $157.7 million following a $2.5 million weekend from 2,783 screens in 32 countries. »

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'Mr. and Mrs.' tops o'seas with $33.5 mil

13 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox appears on its way to top $1 billion again at the overseas boxoffice, as its third summer blockbuster in a row, the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie romantic action-thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith, found strong favor with offshore moviegoers on its opening weekend. Following on the heels of Fox's release of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith took off in a day-and-date blast with North America, collecting $33.5 million from about 3,700 screens in 42 territories. Fox's total came to $32.4 million, with the rest stemming from markets handled by Summit Entertainment for New Regency Pictures. The weekend results of Fox's three May-June offerings helped to raise the company's 2005 take at the overseas boxoffice to $916 million, according to Joe Ortiz, the international division's executive director of sales administration. Weekend activity saw the tentpole Sith move up to a $341.7 million international gross following a $20 million fourth weekend from about 8,200 screens in some 100 markets. Kingdom, meanwhile, lifted its cume to $157.7 million following a $2.5 million weekend from 2,783 screens in 32 countries. »

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'Smith' takes out rivals

13 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's release of Regency Enterprise's Mr. & Mrs. Smith had quite the impact at theaters this weekend as audiences put the hit on the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie starrer with a stunning $51.1 million in estimated receipts -- far more than what was expected heading into the frame. The sterling debut of the Doug Liman-helmed Smith was easily enough for the top spot and proved a personal best for Pitt and Jolie as well as the director. The PG-13 action-adventure comedy, about a couple of trained assassins who are married to each other, topped Pitt's previous high of $46.9 million from Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy, and bested Jolie's $47.7 million debut of Paramount's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As a result of the outstanding boxoffice generated by Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith and now Mrs. & Mrs. Smith, Fox has vaulted to the top spot in the North American market-share race with more than $700 million in its coffers for the year-to-date. DreamWorks' Madagascar was in the second spot with an estimated $17.1 million, down a modest 39% in its third weekend. In 17 days the animated crowd pleaser with a PG rating has generated about $128.4 million. Revenge of the Sith held strong in the third spot with an estimated $14.9 million on its fourth weekend. The sci-fi epic from George Lucas has earned an outstanding $332.1 million so far. »

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'Smith' takes out rivals

12 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's release of Regency Enterprise's Mr. & Mrs. Smith had quite the impact at theaters this weekend as audiences put the hit on the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie starrer with a stunning $51.1 million in estimated receipts -- far more than what was expected heading into the frame. The sterling debut of the Doug Liman-helmed Smith was easily enough for the top spot and proved a personal best for Pitt and Jolie as well as the director. The PG-13 action-adventure comedy, about a couple of trained assassins who are married to each other, topped Pitt's previous high of $46.9 million from Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy, and bested Jolie's $47.7 million debut of Paramount's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As a result of the outstanding boxoffice generated by Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith and now Mrs. & Mrs. Smith, Fox has vaulted to the top spot in the North American market-share race with more than $700 million in its coffers for the year-to-date. DreamWorks' Madagascar was in the second spot with an estimated $17.1 million, down a modest 39% in its third weekend. In 17 days the animated crowd pleaser with a PG rating has generated about $128.4 million. Revenge of the Sith held strong in the third spot with an estimated $14.9 million on its fourth weekend. The sci-fi epic from George Lucas has earned an outstanding $332.1 million so far. »

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'Smith' takes out rivals

12 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's release of Regency Enterprise's Mr. & Mrs. Smith had quite the impact at theaters this weekend as audiences put the hit on the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie starrer with a stunning $51.1 million in estimated receipts -- far more than what was expected heading into the frame. The sterling debut of the Doug Liman-helmed Smith was easily enough for the top spot and proved a personal best for Pitt and Jolie as well as the director. The PG-13 action-adventure comedy, about a couple of trained assassins who are married to each other, topped Pitt's previous high of $46.9 million from Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy, and bested Jolie's $47.7 million debut of Paramount's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As a result of the outstanding boxoffice generated by Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith and now Mrs. & Mrs. Smith, Fox has vaulted to the top spot in the North American market-share race with more than $700 million in its coffers for the year-to-date. DreamWorks' Madagascar was in the second spot with an estimated $17.1 million, down a modest 39% in its third weekend. In 17 days the animated crowd pleaser with a PG rating has generated about $128.4 million. Revenge of the Sith held strong in the third spot with an estimated $14.9 million on its fourth weekend. The sci-fi epic from George Lucas has earned an outstanding $332.1 million so far. »

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