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Cold reception at boxoffice for most openers

23 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

30 Days of Night, the Josh Hartnett starrer adapted from the graphic novel about Alaskan vampires, bled $16 million to open atop the domestic rankings, but there were few signs of life elsewhere during the weekend at the boxoffice.

Fox Atomic's sports spoof The Comebacks rung up $5.6 million to debut in fifth place, while Miramax's Gone Baby Gone, a thriller written and directed by Ben Affleck, bowed in sixth with $5.5 million.

Disney opened a 3-D version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 534 theaters to gross $5.3 million in eighth. New Line's Rendition, a CIA thriller starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, grossed just $4.1 million in a ninth-place debut.

Three films opened outside the top 10: DreamWorks/Paramount's Things We Lost in the Fire, with Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry, took in $1.6 million; Freestyle's supernatural yarn "Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour" unspooled with just $586,283 from 1,121 playdates; and Rocky Mountain's animated The Ten Commandments opened with $478,910 from 830 engagements.

Industrywide grosses totaled $97 million, or 8% less than during the same weekend last year. »

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Vampires' kiss: $16 mil for '30 Days of Night'

22 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony's vampire film 30 Days of Night sunk its teeth into moviegoers during the weekend, with the R-rated comic book adaptation grossing an estimated $16 million to open atop the domestic heap.

But the busy frame's other wide openers fell like so many autumn leaves as the seasonal boxoffice continued to wilt. Collectively, industry grosses notched a fifth consecutive downtick compared with year-earlier weekends.

Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck's directing-and-writing project from Miramax, bowed with $6 million in fifth place, while Fox Atomic's The Comebacks, a PG-13 pigskin comedy, grossed $5.9 million to finish sixth overall.

New Line's CIA-themed Rendition, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, rung up just $4.2 million in ninth place. And DreamWorks/Paramount's Things We Lost in the Fire, with Benicio Del Toro and Halle Berry, scratched out $1.6 million in bowing outside the weekend top 10. Finding even less boxoffice spark were Freestyle's Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour, barely registering with $560,000 from 1,121 playdates, and Rocky Mountain's The Ten Commandments, with $474,760 from 830 engagements.

Also debuting in 564 theaters was Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Disney's 3-D version of the 1993 animated feature, which grossed $5.1 million in eighth place.

Industrywide grosses totaled an estimated $98 million, 7% less than during the same weekend last year, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI. Yet there was some good news for a couple of holdovers in the frame.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? from Lionsgate finished No. 2 in its second session, grossing $12.1 million, good for a $38.9 million cume. And Disney's family comedy The Game Plan, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, grossed $8.1 million to finish third and move its four-week cume to $69.2 million.

In another positive development, Warner Bros.' George Clooney starrer Michael Clayton dropped just 32% from its first frame in wide release to finish with $7.1 million in fourth place with a $22 million cume. Despite the soft launch for the well-reviewed legal drama, execs remain hopeful that the slow starter will build toward an awards-season peak. »

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Burton Honored in Venice

7 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Tim Burton has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival for his groundbreaking filmmaking. The Edward Scissorhands moviemaker was hailed by the Italian festival judges on Wednesday as "one of America's bravest, most visionary and innovative filmmakers" and was presented with the coveted Golden Lion accolade by frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp. Speaking at the annual film event, Burton said, "I'm very honored. It means a lot to me. Hopefully it just inspires me to keep going." Wednesday's proceedings at the festival were also dubbed "Tim Burton Day" in the star's honor as audiences were treated to the world premiere of the 3D version of Burton's 1993 hit, The Nightmare Before Christmas. »

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Weinsteins, Koreans toon up

29 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Weinstein Co., animation management powerhouse Gotham Group and the provincial Chungcheongnam-do government of South Korea have joined forces to produce and distribute animated feature films.

The Weinstein Co. and Gotham Group also have entered a multiyear, first-look deal that will give the Weinsteins access to a steady supply of animation and family entertainment talent and content.

The movies will be based on work from Gotham Group's client list of more than 350 directors, writers and illustrators including Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, the creators of The Spiderwick Chronicles; Doug TenNapel, who wrote and drew the graphic novel Creature Tech; and animation director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas). Material also will come from outside sources.

The movies produced will be computer-generated, and while financial details were not disclosed, it is known that the money in place will ensure that six to 10 films in the $40 million range will be made for theatrical distribution.

The Weinstein Co. will handle worldwide distribution on all titles, with the Chungcheongnam-do government providing support in certain Asian markets. »

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3-D 'Vincent' opens 'Nightmare'

3 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

One of Tim Burton's earliest animated shorts, Vincent, will be converted to a stereoscopic 3-D form.

The film will play on 3-D-ready digital-cinema screens as the opening attraction to screenings of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D, which will be rereleased by the Walt Disney Co. in October.

Made in 1982, Vincent is a six-minute stop-motion film that tells the story of Vincent Malloy, a youth who imagines that he is like Vincent Price. The black-and-white short is based on a poem written by Burton, who was influenced by Price. Price narrated the film.

"When you have an evergreen title like 'Nightmare, ' it is very important to give the fan a chance to sample something new," said Chuck Viane, president of Disney's Buena Vista Pictures Domestic Distribution. "Each year on bring backs, we are going to try to add some value."

This news comes on the heels of the opening of Disney's animated Meet the Robinsons, which grossed $7.1 million on 581 Real D 3-D-ready digital-cinema screens domestically, the largest digital 3-D opening to date. »

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Burton To Receive Top Honor at Venice Film Festival

23 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Tim Burton is to be honored at the Venice International Film Festival later this year, for his contributions to the movie industry. The Batman director will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Italian festival which begins on August 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Organisers also declared on Wednesday that September 5 will be "Tim Burton Day" - a full 24 hours dedicated to the 48-year-old, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. »

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Venice taps Burton for life achievement

22 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- Tim Burton will be honored with the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award and a Tim Burton Day at the 64th annual Venice International Film Festival in the fall, organizers said Wednesday.

Burton, whose credits include Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will celebrate his 49th birthday four days before the festival's Aug. 29 start.

Tim Burton Day will take place Sept. 5 and include a special "surprise offering," festival organizers said.

"Tim Burton is a cinematic genius, the most imaginative child of the new age of cinema," Venice artistic director Marco Muller said. "He has a unique talent of being able to imbue his fantasies with emotional depth."

This will not be Burton's first visit to Venice. The festival hosted the international premiere of Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1994 and the world premiere of his Oscar-nominated Corpse Bride in 2005. »

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