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De Niro Makes Peace with Italy

14 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Italian-American actor Robert De Niro has opened the first exhibition in Rome of his late father's paintings - to make peace with Italy after he was accused of perpetuating "negative stereotypes" of his countrymen. The star was denounced for damaging Italy's image by playing gangsters in movies like The Godfather and Shark Tale and then went on to avoid the country, canceling appointments with Italian officials in October and failing to attend the Tribeca Film Festival in Rome. But he impressed Italian authorities by attending last weekend's gala inauguration of paintings by his father - also named Robert De Niro - which celebrate the country's culture and was attended by a host of Italian celebrities. Italian newspaper Corrie Re Della Sera reports plans to award De Niro honorary Italian citizenship are back on the agenda. »

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'Incredibles' powers Annie noms

7 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pixar Animation Studios' The Incredibles topped nominations for the 32nd annual Annie Awards as it tucked 16 noms under its belt. DreamWorks Animation's Shrek 2 and Shark Tale circled close behind, sharing seven noms between them for a total of 14. Rounding out the nominations for top animated feature are DreamWorks Animation and Go Fish Pictures' Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures' The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Pixar's president and co-founder Ed Catmull has been tapped for the Ub Iwerks' Award in acknowledgment of his contributions to "tremendous technical and creative advances and commercial successes for the studio and the industry." DreamWorks Animation's Sivert Glarum will receive a Certificate of Merit for his exceptional contributions to the art of animation. And Disney's On the Front Lines DVD has been tapped for a special achievement award. »

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DreamWorks Animation hits Street running

29 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Impeccably timed to take full advantage of the success of Shark Tale, the initial public offering of DreamWorks Animation SKG went off swimmingly Thursday, floating 38% higher in its first day of trading. DreamWorks Animation sold 27% of itself to investors, offering 29 million shares for $28 apiece. While the windfall from 25 million of those shares went to company coffers to pay off debt and fund operations, 4 million of the shares were sold by insiders, most notably billionaire Paul Allen, an early investor in the DreamWorks SKG movie studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Allen, in fact, was one reason for DreamWorks Animation splitting from its parent and going public, as it gives him a more liquid investment that he might begin cashing in on. "This is an opportunity for him to be rewarded for the amazing gamble that he took," said Katzenberg, who is CEO of the newly public company. Allen invested about $700 billion in DreamWorks beginning 10 years ago. "He's not the catalyst" for taking the animation unit public, Katzenberg said, "but he's one of the reasons I wanted to do this. I have a great sense of gratitude and debt to him. This is something he didn't push us to do, but he's very supportive of it." »

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DreamWorks Animation hits Street running

29 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Impeccably timed to take full advantage of the success of Shark Tale, the initial public offering of DreamWorks Animation SKG went off swimmingly Thursday, floating 38% higher in its first day of trading. DreamWorks Animation sold 27% of itself to investors, offering 29 million shares for $28 apiece. While the windfall from 25 million of those shares went to company coffers to pay off debt and fund operations, 4 million of the shares were sold by insiders, most notably billionaire Paul Allen, an early investor in the DreamWorks SKG movie studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Allen, in fact, was one reason for DreamWorks Animation splitting from its parent and going public, as it gives him a more liquid investment that he might begin cashing in on. "This is an opportunity for him to be rewarded for the amazing gamble that he took," said Katzenberg, who is CEO of the newly public company. Allen invested about $700 billion in DreamWorks beginning 10 years ago. "He's not the catalyst" for taking the animation unit public, Katzenberg said, "but he's one of the reasons I wanted to do this. I have a great sense of gratitude and debt to him. This is something he didn't push us to do, but he's very supportive of it." »

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Mixed-bag b.o. weekend; 'Shark' tops at $13.1 mil

26 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In fast-changing weekly turnovers, Shark Tale materialized again as the overseas boxoffice leader, while The Bourne Supremacy captured Germany, I, Robot went to the top in Italy, The Forgotten aroused Spain, Shall We Dance? frolicked in Australia, and Secret Window scared Japan. Among other titles (either in holdover or entering new territories) picking up a piece of the scattered action in an overcrowded market were Collateral, The Terminal and Alien vs. Predator. In addition, new entries are slowly entering the market as part of a buildup for the coming holiday season. DreamWorks' animated Shark Tale continued to benefit from midterm school holidays in the United Kingdom, where it held on to first place for a second session with $5.9 million (from 504 screens) for a market cume to date of $22.7 million, and also held strong in France with a $2.7 million (from 689) second weekend for a 12-day total of $7.3 million. The fish tale swallowed $13.1 million over the weekend from 2,998 screens in 18 countries, lifting the overseas gross to $77.3 million. »

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Sony holds a 'Grudge' with weekend's top performer

26 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Despite the sensational opening of Sony's The Grudge, which ended up grossing $39.1 million -- nearly double what was expected heading into the frame and four times its production costs -- the aggregate boxoffice for the weekend overall was down as compared with last year. The total boxoffice in North America for the 133 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter was $106.1 million -- off a precipitous 18% from the comparable session in 2003. Last year Dimension's Scary Movie 3 opened with $48.1 million, followed by two more films that grossed more than $10 million each, contributing to a solid $129.3 million weekend altogether. This year, DreamWorks' Shark Tale was the only other film that topped $10 million. The CG-animated comedy was in the second spot with $14.3 million, moving its 24-day cume to a stellar $137 million. »

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Mixed-bag b.o. weekend; 'Shark' tops at $13.1 mil

26 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In fast-changing weekly turnovers, Shark Tale materialized again as the overseas boxoffice leader, while The Bourne Supremacy captured Germany, I, Robot went to the top in Italy, The Forgotten aroused Spain, Shall We Dance? frolicked in Australia, and Secret Window scared Japan. Among other titles (either in holdover or entering new territories) picking up a piece of the scattered action in an overcrowded market were Collateral, The Terminal and Alien vs. Predator. In addition, new entries are slowly entering the market as part of a buildup for the coming holiday season. DreamWorks' animated Shark Tale continued to benefit from midterm school holidays in the United Kingdom, where it held on to first place for a second session with $5.9 million (from 504 screens) for a market cume to date of $22.7 million, and also held strong in France with a $2.7 million (from 689) second weekend for a 12-day total of $7.3 million. The fish tale swallowed $13.1 million over the weekend from 2,998 screens in 18 countries, lifting the overseas gross to $77.3 million. »

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UIP achieves global dominance at overseas boxoffice

24 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- United International Pictures -- the offshore distributor for Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks -- was the big winner with its films Shark Tale, Collateral, The Terminal and The Bourne Supremacy taking the top four rankings at the international boxoffice this weekend, according to estimates. DreamWorks' Shark Tale continued to dive deep for a weekend treasure of $16.2 million from 4,368 locations, off 37% compared to last weekend excluding previews in the United Kingdom and Germany. The cume-to-date is now $80.3 million. The fish toon continued its swim into the United Kingdom with another $5.53 million (off 39% excluding previews); France with $2.9 million (off 32%); Germany with $1.9 million (off 35% excluding previews); Spain with $850,000 (off 47%); Belgium with $660,000 (up 1%); and Holland with $550,000 (off 5%). Collateral grossed $7.8 million from 2,660 cinemas across 28 territories over the weekend, with openings helping to boost the cume to $71 million. »

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UIP achieves global dominance at overseas boxoffice

24 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- United International Pictures -- the offshore distributor for Universal, Paramount and DreamWorks -- was the big winner with its films Shark Tale, Collateral, The Terminal and The Bourne Supremacy taking the top four rankings at the international boxoffice this weekend, according to estimates. DreamWorks' Shark Tale continued to dive deep for a weekend treasure of $16.2 million from 4,368 locations, off 37% compared to last weekend excluding previews in the United Kingdom and Germany. The cume-to-date is now $80.3 million. The fish toon continued its swim into the United Kingdom with another $5.53 million (off 39% excluding previews); France with $2.9 million (off 32%); Germany with $1.9 million (off 35% excluding previews); Spain with $850,000 (off 47%); Belgium with $660,000 (up 1%); and Holland with $550,000 (off 5%). Collateral grossed $7.8 million from 2,660 cinemas across 28 territories over the weekend, with openings helping to boost the cume to $71 million. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured $22 million to grab first place, slipping 40% in its telling third weekend, according to Monday's final figures. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.7 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring $12.2 million. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed $37.8 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with $12.1 million. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured an estimated $22.1 million to grab first place, slipping a meager 29% in its telling third weekend. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.8 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring an estimated $13.1 million and holding up well with a moderate 35% drop. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed an estimated $38.7 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with an estimated $12.3 million, far from the $18 million-to-$20 million figure that had been bandied about late last week. »

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'Shark' teeth too sharp for 'Team'

18 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even though the debut of the puppet-driven Team America: World Police from Paramount was thought to have an edge at the boxoffice this weekend, in the end it was DreamWorks' Shark Tale that was pulling the strings. The computer-animated Shark Tale easily held the top spot for the third consecutive weekend and is only the second film to do so this year -- along with Newmarket's The Passion of the Christ. Shark Tale devoured $22 million to grab first place, slipping 40% in its telling third weekend, according to Monday's final figures. The family-friendly feature has collected an impressive $118.7 million in 17 days. Universal's Friday Night Lights was in the second spot for the second successive weekend, scoring $12.2 million. The football-themed drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and helmed by Peter Berg, has grossed $37.8 million after 10 days. Matt Stone and Trey Parker's R-rated Team America was tracking strongly heading into the frame, and some industry sources felt it had a good shot at usurping Shark Tale for the top spot. But when the smoke cleared, the comedy placed third with $12.1 million. »

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'Shark' bests rivals in int'l pool

17 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Shark Tale easily dominated international waters this weekend, taking a monster $27.4 million across 27 markets and 4,100 locations at the boxoffice, according to estimates. In the United Kingdom, DreamWorks' fishy toon trawled $12.65 million from 510 sites, including last week's previews worth $4 million. The animated pic was tracking well ahead of the first Shrek in openings in most locations, including France with $3.7 million from 626 sites (up 16%), Poland with $685,000 from 88 locations (up 100%), Austria with $515,000 from 77 (up 58%) and Belgium with $420,000 from 90 (up 27%). In Germany, Shark Tale took $2.4 million from 684 locations, just behind Shrek. "All in all, (it was) a terrific weekend that takes our cume to $53.2 million internationally," said satisfied Shark Tale distributor UIP. »

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'Shark' bests rivals in int'l pool

17 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Shark Tale easily dominated international waters this weekend, taking a monster $27.4 million across 27 markets and 4,100 locations at the boxoffice, according to estimates. In the United Kingdom, DreamWorks' fishy toon trawled $12.65 million from 510 sites, including last week's previews worth $4 million. The animated pic was tracking well ahead of the first Shrek in openings in most locations, including France with $3.7 million from 626 sites (up 16%), Poland with $685,000 from 88 locations (up 100%), Austria with $515,000 from 77 (up 58%) and Belgium with $420,000 from 90 (up 27%). In Germany, Shark Tale took $2.4 million from 684 locations, just behind Shrek. "All in all, (it was) a terrific weekend that takes our cume to $53.2 million internationally," said satisfied Shark Tale distributor UIP. »

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'Shark' may put teeth into DreamWorks IPO

13 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the successful opening of Shark Tale behind it and the expected blockbuster DVD release of Shrek 2 coming up, DreamWorks Animation SKG on Tuesday set the terms for its planned initial public offering, originally announced in July. The IPO of DreamWorks' animation unit, expected to occur in the next several weeks after the company puts on a road show for potential investors, would raise about $700 million for the company and puts a market value on the unit of about $2.75 billion. "The pricing is close to what most people expected," longtime media analyst and investor Hal Vogel said. "Whether the price is achievable is a question for the day of the offering -- it depends on how the market's been doing, how well the pictures are doing ... not just theirs but others, such as Pixar's 'The Incredibles, ' which is expected to do very well." »

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'Shark' holds on to No. 1 over Columbus Day holiday

13 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As it held the top spot for the second consecutive weekend, DreamWorks's Shark Tale took another big bite out of the boxoffice in North America with a four-day Columbus Day holiday gross of $36.6 million. The boxoffice for the first three-days of the holiday frame for the CG-animated fish tale was down a mild 34% from its debut, moving the 11-day cume to a stellar $92.6 million. Universal's Friday Night Lights racked up a solid four-day score of $22.4 million in its first weekend in theaters. The drama, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke and helmed by Peter Berg, is about a Texas high school football team and carries a PG-13 rating. The strong hold by Shark Tale and solid debut of Friday Night Lights were undoubtedly helped by the Columbus Day holiday Monday as nearly half of the nation's schools were out. Columbus Day, a legal holiday in the United States, coincided with Thanksgiving Day in Canada, making for a stronger Sunday and Monday as compared with a regular three-day weekend. »

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'Neznaika' swims with 'Shark Tale'

12 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MOSCOW -- DreamWorks' Shark Tale will face homegrown competition from a new Russian animated film when it opens here Oct. 28. The full-length animated film with the Russian language title of Neznaika i Barrabass will go head-to-head with Shark Tale, which will be screened under its Russian title Podvodnaya Bratva (Underwater Brotherhood). Neznaika, an 80-minute family feature starring a plucky elf boy who pits his wits against an evil masked megalomaniac, will be released in Russia on 100 prints, Andrei Bobilov, a spokesman for producers Pro-Class, said Monday. »

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Boxoffice: DreamWorks' 'Shark' has legs

11 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' Shark Tale remained king of the sea, swallowing an additional $31.3 million and contributing to a very healthy boxoffice for the second weekend in a row, according to Monday's final figures. Newcomer Friday Night Lights from Universal Pictures also helped boost the results with an impressive debut of $20.3 million, an opening largely unaffected by Friday night's presidential debates or the baseball playoff games throughout the three-day frame. On the whole, the weekend's numbers were very strong, with no film in the top 10 dropping more than 46% from its previous showing. Shark Tale boasted one of the narrowest drops, losing only 34% of its value for a 10-day total of $87.4 million. The animated tale took advantage of a dearth of family product in the marketplace and strong word of mouth. Buena Vista's Ladder 49 also held off the competition quite well, losing only 41% of its value in its sophomore session for a three-day cume of $13.1 million. The firefighter tale starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix has generated $41 million in its two weeks in release. »

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Boxoffice: DreamWorks' 'Shark' has legs

11 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' Shark Tale remained king of the sea, swallowing an additional estimated $31.7 million and contributing to a very healthy boxoffice for the second weekend in a row. Newcomer Friday Night Lights from Universal Pictures also helped boost the results with an impressive debut of an estimated $20.6 million, an opening largely unaffected by Friday night's presidential debates or the baseball playoff games throughout the three-day frame. On the whole, the weekend's numbers were very strong, with no film in the top 10 dropping more than 48% from its previous showing. Shark Tale boasted one of the narrowest drops, losing only 33% of its value for a 10-day total of $87.7 million. The animated tale took advantage of a dearth of family product in the marketplace and strong word of mouth. Buena Vista's Ladder 49 also held off the competition quite well, losing only 39% of its value in its sophomore session for a three-day estimated cume of $13.3 million. The firefighter tale starring John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix has generated $41.2 million in its two weeks in release. »

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'Shark' dominates int'l waters

10 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- DreamWorks' Shark Tale bit solidly into the international market this weekend, taking the No. 1 spot by devouring about $9.1 million across 16 markets and 1,800 screens, lifting its cume to $18.85 million (not including U.K. previews), according to industry estimates. The fishy animation tale is tracking on par with or ahead of Shrek in all of the 12 territories in which it opened. In the United Kingdom, Shark Tale ate 30% of the market in previews alone, gulping $3.6 million in sneaks on 490 screens. In Spain the film opened with $1.85 million from 406 screens, in Mexico with $2.05 million from 575, in Brazil with $670,000 from 342, in Taiwan with $750,000 from 95 and in the Netherlands with $500,000 from 190 screens. »

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