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Robust holiday weekend at international boxoffice

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

With Christmas falling on a Thursday this year, a happy four days was enjoyed by international moviegoers, a celebration dominated by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with other films getting a chance to share in some of the holiday largesse. It was, however, a runaway for Return of the King, which pulled in an estimated $83 million for the Friday-to-Sunday frame from 11,700 screens in 38 markets. The hefty weekend take raised the offshore cume for the final episode of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy to $270 million in 12 days, estimated to be 27% ahead of last year's The Two Towers and 73% more than the inaugural The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. The closest competitor to King was the Walt Disney Co./Pixar's Finding Nemo, with a $26.3 million weekend. In addition, such titles as Love Actually, Scary Movie 3, Freaky Friday, Brother Bear, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Peter Pan got pieces of the holiday action. »

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French author sues Disney, Pixar

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

PARIS -- A 33-year-old French children's author has sued Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios, claiming that the cartoon fish that has catapulted to fame in the international hit film Finding Nemo was plagiarized from his 1995 creation Pierrot Le Poisson Clown. Pascal Kamina, a copyrights lawyer representing the author, Franck Le Calvez, confirmed in a telephone interview Monday that the case -- claiming damages for breach of copyright and trademark and demanding that they withdraw Nemo books and merchandise from French shops -- will come up for hearing in a French court Feb. 17. Disney denied the claims. "We consider the case filed in France to be totally without merit because 'Finding Nemo, ' which is owned by Pixar and Disney, was independently developed and does not infringe anyone's copyrights or trademarks," according to a statement that Disney released Monday. »

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'Nemo' dominates again as market awaits 'King'

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

Clear the decks. The Hobbits are returning in the final segment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As the world market awaits the opening this coming weekend of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the entrenched Walt Disney Co./Pixar film Finding Nemo dominated the international scene for a fifth consecutive weekend, hauling in $31.5 million from 5,192 screens in 26 countries. Nemo's weekend performance, which lifted the cume to $330.2 million, was hailed as the fourth Disney title to cross the $300 million mark at the overseas boxoffice, joining The Lion King, Armageddon and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Other titles making a little hay before the arrival of King were Love Actually, S.W.A.T. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Elf. No new significant titles are being scheduled this coming weekend in markets where King is booked, the exception being Peter Pan in Australia, where the finale of the Peter Jackson-directed saga moves in the following week. »

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AFI top 10 a split decision

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

The American Film Institute has anointed 10 movies -- ranging from American Splendor, the biopic of eccentric comic book author Harvey Pekar, to Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding look at dual tragedies afflicting a tightknit Boston community -- as its most outstanding motion pictures of the year. It has also singled out 10 outstanding television programs -- ranging from the globe-trotting spy series, Alias, to the Baltimore-set crime saga, The Wire. In an awards year that has been overshadowed by the contentious screener issue, the AFI's movie choices were evenly divided with five films from the major studios and five from independent distributors. The indie offerings that secured a place on the AFI's fourth annual list include HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor; Miramax Films' The Human Stain; Fox Searchlight's In America; Focus Features' Lost in Translation; and Newmarket Films' Monster. The films chosen from major distributors include Finding Nemo, from Pixar/Disney; Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai; New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 20th Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Warners' Mystic River. »

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AFI top 10 a split decision

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

The American Film Institute has anointed 10 movies -- ranging from American Splendor, the biopic of eccentric comic book author Harvey Pekar, to Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding look at dual tragedies afflicting a tightknit Boston community -- as its most outstanding motion pictures of the year. It has also singled out 10 outstanding television programs -- ranging from the globe-trotting spy series, Alias, to the Baltimore-set crime saga, The Wire. In an awards year that has been overshadowed by the contentious screener issue, the AFI's movie choices were evenly divided with five films from the major studios and five from independent distributors. The indie offerings that secured a place on the AFI's fourth annual list include HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor; Miramax Films' The Human Stain; Fox Searchlight's In America; Focus Features' Lost in Translation; and Newmarket Films' Monster. The films chosen from major distributors include Finding Nemo, from Pixar/Disney; Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai; New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 20th Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Warners' Mystic River. »

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France boxoffice off 6.9%

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

PARIS -- The Centre National de la Cinematographie said Thursday that film admissions in France from January through November totaled 151.3 million, a fall of 6.9% from the same period last year. The CNC said that though cinema admissions recovered slightly in the third quarter, weak first-quarter ticket sales also accounted for film admissions dropping to 173.2 million entries for the 12-month period December 2002-November 2003, a 7.2% drop from the year-earlier period. The market share of French films remained stable at 37.3% in the 11-month period, compared with a year-earlier 37.7%, while U.S. films like Finding Nemo fared better, accounting for 53.2% of the market, up from last year's 11-month figure of 49.8%. French films cornered 34.5% of the market for the 12 months ending in November, while American films garnered 50% of the French market for the same period. »

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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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Disney 1st studio to $3 billion

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

Walt Disney Studios said Wednesday that it surpassed the $3 billion global boxoffice mark during Thanksgiving weekend, making it the first studio to ever reach the milestone -- beating previous record holder Sony Pictures, whose domestic and international tally reached $2.8 billion last year. Buoyed by the stellar performances of Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which each took in $300 million in domestic ticket sales, Disney's Buena Vista Film Distribution Group has earned $1.48 billion in domestic grosses and $1.6 billion in international receipts. The figures do not include any domestic grosses from the company's Miramax subsidiary but do add in a few territories for the New York-based company on the international side. »

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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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'Nemo' breaks BV records in Spain

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

MADRID -- Disney's Finding Nemo broke all-time opening weekend records for Buena Vista Spain, raking in €4.6 million ($5.5 million) since its opening on Friday, the distributor said Monday. Just over 1 million tickets were sold to see the 383 prints dispersed around Spain. The figure tops Buena Vista's opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which grossed €3.8 million ($4.6 million) in its first weekend. But it sits behind zany Spanish comic book turned feature film Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure. The comedy, distributed by Warner Sogefilms, earned €5.1 million ($6.1 million) on 325 copies when it opened earlier this year. »

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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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Disney leads ani Oscar list

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

The Walt Disney Co. dominates the list of this year's Oscar-eligible animated features, fielding four of the 11 eligible entries with its releases, which include the Pixar-produced Finding Nemo, Brother Bear, The Jungle Book 2 and Piglet's Big Movie. But while Disney scored on the distribution front, anime director Satoshi Kon enjoyed the distinction of being the only director with two eligible films. He is represented by the DreamWorks-distributed Millennium Actress and the upcoming Samuel Goldwyn Films/IDP release Tokyo Godfathers. Rounding out the list of eligible films, which were announced Wednesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action/animated combo Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon's Rugrats Go Wild, Miramax Films' Pokemon Heroes, Sony Pictures Classics' The Triplets of Belleville and the German-produced Jester Till. »

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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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'Nemo' buoys Pixar in Q3

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

Pixar Animation Studios on Thursday posted a decline in third-quarter net income but still topped Wall Street expectations on the continued boxoffice success of Finding Nemo, which has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The Emeryville, Calif.-based company posted earnings of $13.2 million, down from $46.9 million a year earlier because of revenue generated from the home video release of Monsters, Inc. Revenue for the latest quarter totaled $30.2 million, compared with a year-earlier $102 million. Pixar's Nemo generated $424 million by Sept. 27 and has since gone on to record-breaking heights, with worldwide boxoffice now totaling $490 million. »

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'Nemo' buoys Pixar in Q3

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

Pixar Animation Studios on Thursday posted a decline in third-quarter net income but still topped Wall Street expectations on the continued boxoffice success of Finding Nemo, which has become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The Emeryville, Calif.-based company posted earnings of $13.2 million, down from $46.9 million a year earlier because of revenue generated from the home video release of Monsters, Inc. Revenue for the latest quarter totaled $30.2 million, compared with a year-earlier $102 million. Pixar's Nemo generated $424 million by Sept. 27 and has since gone on to record-breaking heights, with worldwide boxoffice now totaling $490 million. »

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'Cruelty,' 'Kill' in tight race for weekend b.o. honors

28 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bolstered by a legion of key dates and high screen totals in scattered overseas markets, two new high-profile titles defied a normally slow period of the year to run up gratifying boxoffice results over the weekend. The Joel and Ethan Coen romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty took the weekend honors, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino's slaying rampage Kill Bill-Vol. 1. Strong performances also came from a diversified weekend slate of new and holdover entries that included Bad Boys II, Finding Nemo, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, American Pie: The Wedding, and Mystic River. Backed by marquee names George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones and a 2,025-screen splash in 17 countries, Cruelty went on to rack up $12.4 million in its second weekend on the offshore circuit. It was not No. 1 in all markets, but scored sufficiently in mixed debuts to narrowly take the weekend boxoffice championship. »

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'Bad Boys' at No. 1 again; 'League,' 'Kill,' 'Nemo' score

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

The overseas market enjoyed a welcome boxoffice lift over the weekend as the start of school holidays helped chase the seasonal October blues in a number of key countries. With proven hits showing strength in holdovers and new openings, and fresh entries displaying a degree of early promise, major distributors were in an upbeat mood as they started to put parts of their release slates into play for the year-end race. The leading lights this frame were Bad Boys II, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Finding Nemo, Kill Bill-Vol. 1 and American Pie: The Wedding (which went over the $100 million mark), with Mystic River and Intolerable Cruelty making their offshore debuts to respectable numbers. It was an especially satisfactory weekend for Buena Vista International, which set an all-time company overseas boxoffice record of $1.35 billion to beat its previous high of $1.32 billion. The Disney offshore arm, which has topped the $1 billion mark for nine years in a row, still has 10 weeks to go to add to its record take to date. »

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'Bill' slays way to $25 mil; 'Boy!' benefits on holiday

15 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was a record tally at the boxoffice in North America during the four-day Columbus Day holiday weekend as the total for the 132 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter registered $123.6 million. Although the increase was a slim 3% from the holiday session in 2002, which was the previous high for the frame, it was an increase nonetheless. The extra day at the boxoffice Monday, which is a legal holiday in the United States and Thanksgiving in Canada, made for a stronger Sunday and Monday compared with a regular three-day weekend. Nearly half of the nation's schools were out Monday, which gave a leg up to the family audience fare, in particular MGM's Good Boy! The PG-rated family film about dogs from outer space received a solid bump from Sunday to Monday. And Buena Vista's Finding Nemo was up 12% from the previous weekend despite losing theaters. But the top dog overall at the boxoffice this weekend was Miramax's Kill Bill-Vol. 1, which grossed $25.3 million during the four days to take the top spot. The ultraviolent martial arts actioner, starring Uma Thurman and directed and written by Quentin Tarantino, was cut from what was originally one picture. Kill Bill-Vol. 2 will be released in February. »

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Good news for 'Bad Boys'; 'Nemo' dives past $100 mil

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

The overseas boxoffice perked up over the weekend as a number of lively titles made their way to Europe after playing mostly in Asia and Latin America. Bad Boys II emerged as the market leader, closely followed by Finding Nemo and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And on the basis of a single-theater opening in the United Kingdom, Kill Bill-Vol. 1 showed signs of becoming a potent contender as it readies to hit 500 sites Friday. Highlighted by a $5.8 million opening from 895 screens in Germany, Bad Boys II went on to capture $16.1 million from 3,500 screens in 41 territories, lifting its overseas gross to $64.3 million. Other top markets included Austria ($873,000 from 104), Belgium ($785,000 from 74), Denmark ($574,000 from 74), Holland ($900,000 from 107) and Switzerland ($725,000 from 75). In some of these markets, the Michael Bay-directed action comedy beat the opening figures of such stalwarts as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Catch Me If You Can, according to Columbia TriStar. »

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