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13 items from 2005


Carmike: 'Cars' should help fuel '06 b.o.

7 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas is hopeful that the U.S. boxoffice will return to growth mode next year, chief financial officer Martin Durant said Tuesday. Speaking at the UBS Global Media Conference, he spoke out against day-and-date film and DVD releases and said Carmike will slowly start rolling out digital-film technology next year. "Something dramatic has to happen for next year to be weaker than this year," Durant said about the boxoffice, pointing out such upcoming wide releases as Cars, The Da Vinci Code, Ice Age 2, Superman Returns and Mission: Impossible 3, among others, as promising fare. However, he cautioned that Carmike isn't necessarily projecting a record-setting boxoffice next year. »

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'Ring Two' takes over U.K. eyes

3 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The Ring Two triumphed in the United Kingdom, Robots won Australia and National Treasure continued to dig gold from China and Japan during a tepid weekend at the international boxoffice. Robots made about $10.7 million from 5,900 screens this weekend. This brings the cume to $69.2 million internationally for the CGI-animated family feature, tracking at about 75% of Fox's Ice Age in overall terms. In Taiwan, Robots rolled out to a No. 1 opening with $562,000 from 166 screens. The tin machines held their grip in Australia in Week 2, dropping a mere 26% for $1.4 million from 387 screens, claiming the top spot and bringing in a territory cume of $4.7 million. In Europe, warm weather continues to punish Robots. In Italy, Week 2 takings slipped 49% for an estimate of $654,000 from 511 screens, bringing its cume to $2.7 million. »

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'Ring Two' takes over U.K. eyes

3 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- The Ring Two triumphed in the United Kingdom, Robots won Australia and National Treasure continued to dig gold from China and Japan during a tepid weekend at the international boxoffice. Robots made about $10.7 million from 5,900 screens this weekend. This brings the cume to $69.2 million internationally for the CGI-animated family feature, tracking at about 75% of Fox's Ice Age in overall terms. In Taiwan, Robots rolled out to a No. 1 opening with $562,000 from 166 screens. The tin machines held their grip in Australia in Week 2, dropping a mere 26% for $1.4 million from 387 screens, claiming the top spot and bringing in a territory cume of $4.7 million. In Europe, warm weather continues to punish Robots. In Italy, Week 2 takings slipped 49% for an estimate of $654,000 from 511 screens, bringing its cume to $2.7 million. »

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Easter holidays expected to uplift overseas boxoffice

22 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This is the calm before the deluge at the overseas market as the major studios ready a summer onslaught that will begin as early as late April. In the meanwhile, distributors blame the less-than-smash weekend on the first spring-like weather of the year. At the moment, however, the thrust is aimed at the Easter period, with strong holdovers and new entries settling in for a piece of the moviegoing action during the school holidays. Robots, although reported to be tracking about 75% behind 20th Century Fox's previous animated hit Ice Age, scored a strong $16.4 million this past weekend from 4,652 screens in 30 countries and came in No. 1 in most of its 24 new openings. It hit the top in the United Kingdom, where it tallied almost $5 million (including previews) and eased Hitch into second place. In Germany ($2.3 million from 868) Robots finished second to Hitch's third weekend ($3.7 million from 912), but it was No. 1 in Spain with $1.9 million from 422. Fox is confident that the CG-animated adventure is well-positioned for the Easter trade. »

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'Ring 2's' $35.1 mil debut does circles around rivals

22 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' The Ring Two snared $35.1 million on its debut to claim the top spot at the boxoffice this past weekend and the third-biggest opening ever in March, behind 20th Century Fox's Ice Age and Robots, which bowed with $43.6 million and $36 million, respectively. The horror film, a sequel to the sleeper hit The Ring, which opened to $15 million and went on to do $129 million domestically, carries a PG-13 rating and stars Naomi Watts and David Dorfman. Hideo Nakata, the director of the original Japanese films Ringu and Ringu 2, performed the directorial duties on Ring Two. It remains to be seen how high Ring Two will rise at the boxoffice. According to CinemaScore, a lukewarm 74% of moviegoers gave the film a positive nod -- a score that does not usually engender positive word-of-mouth. But the original Ring had a similar score of a 77% favorable grade, which didn't stop that film from garnering an enviably high multiple of 8.6 by the end of its run. »

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'Ring Two' tops weekend with $35.1 mil

21 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' The Ring Two circled $35.1 million on its debut this weekend to nab the top spot at the boxoffice, a far cry from the $15 million opening of the first Ring film in 2002, according to Monday's final figures. But the original ended up with a nearly unheard of multiple of 8.6 -- the industry average being about 3 -- as it cruised to a final domestic tally of $129 million. The PG-13-rated Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman and helmed by Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese films Ringu and Ringu 2, fell shy of toppling the record for the biggest opening for a horror film. That record still safely belongs to Sony's The Grudge, also a remake of a Japanese horror film, with $39.1 million. Ring Two is the third-biggest opening ever in March. Fox's CG-animated Ice Age is tops ($46.3 million), with Fox's Robots ($36 million) the second biggest. Buena Vista's Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, was the only other wide release this weekend, with 2,501 playdates. The G-rated feature, aimed primarily at young female moviegoers and directed by Tim Fywell, didn't end up with the score that was hoped for as the romantic comedy/drama picked up a disappointing $6.8 million to place fourth. »

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'Ring Two' tops weekend with $35.1 mil

21 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' The Ring Two circled $35.1 million on its debut this weekend to nab the top spot at the boxoffice, a far cry from the $15 million opening of the first Ring film in 2002, according to Monday's final figures. But the original ended up with a nearly unheard of multiple of 8.6 -- the industry average being about 3 -- as it cruised to a final domestic tally of $129 million. The PG-13-rated Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman and helmed by Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese films Ringu and Ringu 2, fell shy of toppling the record for the biggest opening for a horror film. That record still safely belongs to Sony's The Grudge, also a remake of a Japanese horror film, with $39.1 million. Ring Two is the third-biggest opening ever in March. Fox's CG-animated Ice Age is tops ($46.3 million), with Fox's Robots ($36 million) the second biggest. Buena Vista's Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, was the only other wide release this weekend, with 2,501 playdates. The G-rated feature, aimed primarily at young female moviegoers and directed by Tim Fywell, didn't end up with the score that was hoped for as the romantic comedy/drama picked up a disappointing $6.8 million to place fourth. »

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'Ring Two' tops weekend with $36 mil

20 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' The Ring Two circled an estimated $36 million on its debut this weekend to nab the top spot at the boxoffice, a far cry from the $15 million opening of the first Ring film in 2002. But the original ended up with a nearly unheard of multiple of 8.6 -- the industry average being about 3 -- as it cruised to a final domestic tally of $129 million. The PG-13-rated Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman and helmed by Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese films Ringu and Ringu 2, fell shy of toppling the record for the biggest opening for a horror film. That record still safely belongs to Sony's The Grudge, also a remake of a Japanese horror film, with $39.1 million. Depending on how the numbers shake out, Ring Two will be the second- or third-biggest opening ever in March. Fox's CG-animated Ice Age is tops ($46.3 million), with Fox's Robots ($36 million) and Ring Two vying for the second biggest. Buena Vista's Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, was the only other wide release this weekend, with 2,501 playdates. The G-rated feature, aimed primarily at young female moviegoers and directed by Tim Fywell, didn't end up with the score that was hoped for as the romantic comedy/drama picked up a disappointing estimate of $7 million to place fourth. »

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'Ring Two' tops weekend with $36 mil

20 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' The Ring Two circled an estimated $36 million on its debut this weekend to nab the top spot at the boxoffice, a far cry from the $15 million opening of the first Ring film in 2002. But the original ended up with a nearly unheard of multiple of 8.6 -- the industry average being about 3 -- as it cruised to a final domestic tally of $129 million. The PG-13-rated Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman and helmed by Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese films Ringu and Ringu 2, fell shy of toppling the record for the biggest opening for a horror film. That record still safely belongs to Sony's The Grudge, also a remake of a Japanese horror film, with $39.1 million. Depending on how the numbers shake out, Ring Two will be the second- or third-biggest opening ever in March. Fox's CG-animated Ice Age is tops ($46.3 million), with Fox's Robots ($36 million) and Ring Two vying for the second biggest. Buena Vista's Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, was the only other wide release this weekend, with 2,501 playdates. The G-rated feature, aimed primarily at young female moviegoers and directed by Tim Fywell, didn't end up with the score that was hoped for as the romantic comedy/drama picked up a disappointing estimate of $7 million to place fourth. »

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'Robots' modern mechanics of boxoffice success at No. 1

15 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

20th Century Fox's Robots easily marched into the top spot at the boxoffice this past weekend in North America. The CG-animated family comedy from Blue Sky Studios racked up $36 million on its debut frame. It was the second-biggest opening in March, behind another Fox/Blue Sky CG-animated title, Ice Age, which in 2002 thawed out a sterling $46.3 million opening. But when Ice Age opened, it was the only family-targeted feature in the marketplace. This year Robots had to share the family audience with Buena Vista's The Pacifier, which picked up $18.2 million on its sophomore session, dipping a moderate 41% from its debut. The PG-rated family comedy, starring Vin Diesel and helmed by Adam Shankman, was in the second spot and has generated $54.5 million in 10 days. »

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Boxoffice preview: Battle of machines against men

11 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

20th Century Fox and its Blue Sky Studios at one point might have been looking at a potential weekend blowout for the new animated feature Robots. But then Buena Vista's The Pacifier opened unexpectedly strong last week. Suddenly, with Pacifier's second weekend claiming a share of the family audience, the Robots challenge just got tougher. Hoping to establish itself as the next animation powerhouse a la Pixar Animation and DreamWorks, Blue Sky is out to prove that its 2002 hit Ice Age was not just a fluke. Robots -- from Ice Age director Chris Wedge and with a voice cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams and Mel Brooks -- has been well received so far by critics and fans, but it still could be hard-pressed to match Ice Age's phenomenal $46 million opening. Standing in its way is The Pacifier, which astonished boxoffice prognosticators with its $30 million bow. The Vin Diesel starrer is likely to drop to the $15 million-$17 million level, but that's still a serious chunk of money that will be diverted from the Robots coffers. »

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Audience expanding for CG-animated films

10 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Christopher Meledandri, president of 20th Century Fox Animation, oversees Blue Sky Studios, Fox's wholly owned CGI animation studio based in Westchester, N.Y., whose Robots arrives in theaters Friday. Originally a visual effects supplier, Blue Sky hit it big with its first feature, Ice Age, which grossed $375 million worldwide in 2002. The Hollywood Reporter's deputy film editor Anne Thompson and film reporter Sheigh Crabtree spoke with Meledandri about the market for animated films and how he and Robots director Chris Wedge managed to hold the line at a $75 million budget. »

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Audience expanding for CG-animated films

10 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Christopher Meledandri, president of 20th Century Fox Animation, oversees Blue Sky Studios, Fox's wholly owned CGI animation studio based in Westchester, N.Y., whose Robots arrives in theaters Friday. Originally a visual effects supplier, Blue Sky hit it big with its first feature, Ice Age, which grossed $375 million worldwide in 2002. The Hollywood Reporter's deputy film editor Anne Thompson and film reporter Sheigh Crabtree spoke with Meledandri about the market for animated films and how he and Robots director Chris Wedge managed to hold the line at a $75 million budget. »

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