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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

22 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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7 cookin' in effects bake-off

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 2003 visual effects Oscar race began Friday with the announcement of seven films that made the first cut. New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Universal Studios' The Hulk and Peter Pan, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and X2, Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Warner Bros. Pictures' Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines will compete Jan. 21. The seven will go head-to-head at a "bake-off" Jan. 21 when 15-minute clip reels will be shown and each film's respective supervisors will make their case before an audience of their peers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The final three nominations will be announced Jan. 29. Most noteworthy in this year's race is the range of effects -- from one of the most massive CG battles in movie history to more than an hour of unidentifiable visual effects on the open sea. "Visual effects nominations don't have to go to the big, so-called 'visual-effects movies'," said Richard Edlund, visual effects branch governor. "Master and Commander is a very mature decision by the committee. It could not have been done without extensive and sophisticated visual effects work." The bigger surprise, however, is that Warners' The Matrix Revolutions is missing from the 2003 race. The original Matrix won the visual effects Oscar for 1999. »

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New int'l boxoffice 'King': Third outing nets $121 mil

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King circled an estimated record $121 million in overseas boxoffice in its first five days, marking the biggest international debut in history. The sensational tally of King surpassed the $119 million generated by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in November. The King boxoffice performance is all the more impressive considering Revolutions was released in 107 territories with 10,013 prints, as compared with 28 territories and 7,400 prints for King. The international debut of King was 21% better than The Two Towers, the second film in the trilogy, which picked up $99.8 million in its first five days of international release in 26 countries and 6,450 screens a year earlier. "We're overwhelmed by the results, and we couldn't be happier. We expected to open big, but this is beyond our expectations -- especially with the film's 3 1/2-hour running time," a jubilant Camela Galano, president of New Line International, said. »

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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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U.K. boxoffice admissions down 17%

18 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- U.K. boxoffice admissions for November were down 17% from the record-breaking year-earlier period, according to figures released Wednesday by the Cinema Advertising Assn. There were 13.7 million admissions in November, the CAA said, down from last year's November total of 16.5 million, but that was the highest number on record for the month since 1968, thanks to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the James Bond film Die Another Day. The Matrix Revolutions, distributed by Warner Bros., topped the November boxoffice with £16.7 million ($29.5 million), followed by UIP's Love Actually with £15.1 million ($26.7 million), even though it was only released on Nov. 21. »

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Disney/Pixar fish leading o'seas race for 4th week

9 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For the fourth weekend in a row, overseas moviegoers had no trouble Finding Nemo, which dominated the international market with a mammoth take of $45.9 million from 5,189 screens in 26 countries. The Disney/Pixar CGI-animated film has hit an offshore gross of $283.4 million and appears on its way to pass the $300 million mark this coming weekend. With Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King set to enter the year-end holiday market with a massive splash starting Dec. 17, a number of other high-profile titles -- either expanding into new markets or enjoying favorable holdovers -- are displaying varying degrees of vigor in the run-up to the richest boxoffice period of the year. Among the current contenders -- in addition to runaway Nemo -- with a substantial number of screens working are S.W.A.T., Love Actually, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Matrix Revolutions, Kill Bill-Vol. I, Elf and the single opening in Japan of The Last Samurai. »

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'Nemo' tops $231 million as new int'l records are set

2 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"The little fish swallowed the big boat," said an international distributor, as Finding Nemo swam to new boxoffice heights over the weekend while Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ran into stormy seas as it entered new ports. Love Actually remained a strong force at the overseas boxoffice, Bad Boys II hit the top as it made its final stop in Japan, S.W.A.T. conquered Australia, The Matrix Revolutions added fittingly to its substantial cume, Kill Bill: Vol I maintained a solid pace, Intolerable Cruelty continued to score in holdovers, Elf showed promise with a strong bow in the United Kingdom and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was No. 1 in Italy. Setting new records as Buena Vista International's biggest opening ever in many markets or as the biggest opening in industry history for an animated film, Nemo hauled in $37 million from 4,592 screens in 22 countries, raising its offshore gross to a remarkable $230.8 million. »

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Winter chill cools Nov. boxoffice

30 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While the weather was cooling across most of the country in November, business at the nation's theaters also caught a chill due to the fact that revenues for the month slipped back below the $800 million mark. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions and New Line's Elf were the month's top-grossing films. After flirting briefly last year with the $800 million level, national boxoffice receipts plunged back to the more familiar $700 million area, with $783.3 million this past November, down 5% from the peak of $828.1 million racked up during the comparable period in 2002. This year will have to settle for a second-best November tally overall as 2003 posted a 7% increase on the $729.7 million collected during the corresponding frame in 2001. Admissions for November took a 6% drop from a year earlier and that, like the boxoffice, was enough to register the month's second best ticket unit total on the books. »

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Three-peat: Warners set to top $1 bil

26 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For a third consecutive year -- and the fourth time in the company's history -- Warner Bros. Pictures will have grossed more than $1 billion in annual domestic boxoffice. With the recently released Halle Berry starrer Gothika opening strongly and The Matrix Revolutions still in the top 10 this past weekend, the distributor is poised to pass the $1 billion mark during the Thanksgiving holiday session. "This is a real team effort led by Alan Horn, Barry Meyer, our marketing team headed by Dawn Taubin, head of production Jeff Robinow and Jeff Goldstein, executive vp and general sales manager," Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said. "And while we've enjoyed being a member of the $1 billion club four out of the last five years, I still feel the best is yet to come." »

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Three films top $20 million in close weekend contest

25 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was a tight battle for international boxoffice honors as three high-profile entries each scored more than $20 million over the weekend. Finding Nemo went to the head of the class with $22.3 million from 16 countries, followed closely by The Matrix Revolutions, with $21.5 million from 107 markets, and newcomer Love Actually, with $20.3 million, also from 16 countries. Intolerable Cruelty, though not in the same league as the front-runners, nevertheless maintained a steady pace with a $6.2 million weekend from 25 markets. With the major studios starting to dig in for the most lucrative moviegoing season, new aspirants are surfacing in limited dates before going wide, among them Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Elf, 21 Grams and School of Rock. »

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'21 Grams' tops Mexico boxoffice

25 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MEXICO CITY -- Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's 21 Grams topped Mexico's weekend boxoffice charts, taking in 15 million pesos ($1.3 million), a particularly strong outing considering the picture was released on only 251 screens nationwide. 21 Grams, released in Mexico under distributor United International Pictures, is the Mexican director's second feature-length film and his first English-language production. Freaky Friday, released with 330 copies, grossed 9.1 million pesos ($805,000), while Matrix Revolutions ranked third in weekend boxoffice receipts with $5.6 million pesos ($496,000). The biggest surprise came from homegrown animated production Magos y Gigantes. Released on 280 screens, the Anima Estudios toon grossed 5.3 million pesos ($496,000). Distributor Fox Films of Mexico said Magos came nowhere near opening weekend figures for Finding Nemo, however the picture performed on par with such smaller animated productions as The Powerpuff Girls, Treasure Planet and Rugrats in Paris. »

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'Elf' bears gifts for New Line

18 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Christmas has come early for Will Ferrell (whose rising star has just gotten a meteoric boost), director Jon Favreau (who's on target to enter the $100-million club) and New Line Cinema. And all because of a sleeper hit called Elf. The holiday-themed comedy, released Nov. 7, has become the unofficial bell-ringer of Hollywood's holiday season. In its second weekend, the movie dropped just 15%, one of the best second-weekend performances for 2003. Produced for $30 million, the movie opened to $31.1 million and has unwrapped $70.4 million in just 10 days. "I wish I could say it was brilliant marketing," New Line president of marketing Russell Schwartz said. "But it really was just word of mouth on a terrific movie." However, the distribution and marketing team at New Line did make a few strategic choices that paid off. Heading into Elf's second weekend, they sought to reach beyond the movie's core family audience that had been heavily targeted in the first round of advertising. Following a game plan they devised, they reached out to the teenage boys who helped make Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions the top film the weekend "Elf" first opened. »

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'Revolutions' falling fast but holds b.o. supremacy

18 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As The Matrix Revolutions cooled down after a worldwide opening splurge, Finding Nemo extended its marathon swim to Scandinavia, where new records were set for the animated film. Other recent titles in scattered markets showing a degree of acceptance over the weekend at a lukewarm overseas boxoffice were Intolerable Cruelty, Kill Bill-Vol. 1 and Love Actually. In addition, it's that time of the year when local films have a chance to shine, as in France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Korea. Revolutions remained the unchallenged boxoffice king, scoring a mighty $42 million -- after a $117.6 million opening -- at about 10,000 screens in 107 markets, but the signs of a taxing decline were plainly apparent in its second weekend. »

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'Elf' frosts rivals, takes No. 1 spot; 'Master' in second

16 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New Line Cinema's Elf surprised boxoffice-watching girls and boys by taking the weekend's No. 1 spot, with an estimated $27.2 million. The Russell Crowe starrer Master and Commander came aboard with a better-than-expected estimate of $25.7 million. Fox's $150 million film, co-produced with Universal Pictures and Miramax Films, hit cruising speed after glowing reviews in the major papers Friday. Last weekend's No. 1 film, Warners' The Matrix Revolutions, uploaded about $16.3 million -- a nasty dropoff of 66%. Disney's Brother Bear cuddled to an estimated $12 million, while Warners' newcomer Looney Tunes: Back in Action churned up $9.5 million. »

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'Master' fires away at 'Matrix'

14 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Men will be the coveted audience this weekend when 20th Century Fox goes head-to-head with last weekend's No. 1 film, The Matrix Revolutions, unleashing its large-scale battle on the sea with its Oscar hopeful Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. But the more interesting tussle of the weekend could turn out to be the unlikely matchup between Warner Bros. Pictures' Revolutions and New Line Cinema's Elf, which scored big in its debut weekend and went on to beat Revolutions on some key weekday grosses. Fox's Master and Commander -- the $150 million film co-produced with Universal Pictures and Miramax Films -- tells the story of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey, played by Oscar winner Russell Crowe, and his quest to destroy a superior French vessel during the Napoleonic Wars. »

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Warners reclaims 5-day record

13 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a game of revision and counter-revision, the title holder for the biggest worldwide opening in history -- which has passed during the past few days from New Line Cinema to Warner Bros. Pictures and then back to New Line -- is once again in the Warners camp. At the center of the intramural title bout -- both studios are under the Time Warner umbrella -- are the respective openings of Warners' The Matrix Revolutions and New Line's 2002 feature The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. After adding in some late-arriving international grosses, Warners is now claiming victory for Revolutions, which has amassed $202.8 million in its first five days of release. That puts it slightly ahead of Towers, which racked up $201.9 million in its first five days. »

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The whole world's a stage for 'Matrix Revolutions'

11 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions exploded on the world stage with a staggering five-day worldwide cume of $201.4 million since its day-and-date, hour-to-hour release last Wednesday. It marks the second-biggest gross for a worldwide debut after New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which brought in $201.9 million worldwide from Wednesday through the end of its first weekend in release. The adventures of Neo and his band of believers in the third and final installment of the Matrix trilogy, co-produced with Village Roadshow, was released worldwide on a record 18,000 prints in 109 markets around the globe. The international portion of that worldwide gross was a record for the industry with $117.6 million, topping Two Towers' $99.8 million. But the North American side of Revolutions' boxoffice was decidedly more subdued with a weekend gross of $48.5 million, and $83.8 million since its hour-to-hour release last Wednesday. It fell well short of Reloaded's $91.8 million weekend take as well as the second film's four-day total of $134.3 million. While Reloaded benefited from a four-year wait, as opposed to Revolutions' six-month window, the latter's bow was the fourth-biggest debut ever for an R-rated film and the seventh largest in November. A film that made some surprisingly big waves at the boxoffice this past weekend was New Line's Elf, the Jon Favreau-directed film starring Will Ferrell. The comedy sleighed the second spot with a sterling $31.1 million on its debut, much higher than the low- to mid-$20 million that was projected for the frame. »

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'Matrix Revolutions' sets all-time opening record

11 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In what is hailed as the first time any film has opened simultaneously day-and-date and hour-and-hour worldwide, The Matrix Revolutions, the final entry in the popular sci-fi trilogy, exploded overseas with a five-day opening blast of $117.6 million, a feat that Warner Bros. calls "the biggest international opening ever." Backed offshore by an estimated 10,000 prints, a first-time day-and-date bow in China and a concurrent release at 12 Imax theaters, the Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow co-production engulfed 94 countries and 107 markets, with markets defined by Warners as principalities or islands not officially called countries by the United Nations. Comparison with the bow of The Matrix Reloaded, which went out in May and wound up with a $455.2 million overseas gross, cannot be made easily because, as Warner Bros. points out, Reloaded scored $113.2 million over its second weekend, which included the opening weekend result from 80 territories plus the first weekend result from 16 more bows and sneak-preview figures from Japan. In comparison, The Matrix Revolutions opened in 107 territories in one weekend. The film was No. 1 in all markets. »

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'Matrix' bows big overseas

9 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The unprecedented day-and-date, hour-to-hour international rollout of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions proved a winner for the distributor as the film generated a record estimated $118.6 million through the end of its first weekend in release in 107 markets. The film opened across the globe at the same time Wednesday. "We're extremely pleased with the opening," said Veronica Kwan-Rubinek, president international distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We believe the day-and-date, hour-to-hour release was a fantastic proposition for this film. It created tremendous amounts of publicity and interest in the picture." By comparison, during the second weekend of Reloaded, when the film expanded to 96 markets, the middle installment of the trilogy grossed $113.9 million. »

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