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With the domestic box office trailing the 2012 pace by double digits, CinemaCon’s Monday bow in Las Vegas comes at a crucial time before summer tentpole season starts in a few weeks.
Final day will underscore the import of the four-day event with Lionsgate assuming the mantle of the seventh major for the first time since it acquired Summit last year and went on to top $1.2 billion in domestic grosses for the year.
The studio has prepped a full-scale presentation for the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, including footage from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” expected to be among the year’s top grossers when it opens Nov. 22, along with “Red 2,” “Now You See Me” and “Ender’s Game.”
“It’s a very competitive time for distributors,” said Richie Fay, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. “Your reels and trailers really need to be polished.”
Paramount’s opening night presentation »
- Dave McNary
Zach Braff has done a lot in his career, from starring on the comedy TV series Scrubs to acting in films and writing and directing a hit movie, 2004’s Garden State. But being in Oz the Great and Powerful was a very new experience for him -- because he had to play a magical monkey. Photos: Oz the Great and Powerful': How Sam Raimi Brought the Legend Back to Life Braff, 37, who had done voice work before with Chicken Little, did much more than just lend his voice to Finley, a winged monkey who helps Oscar Diggs (James Franco). “Sam
- Rebecca Ford
Back in June it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures had tasked Don Hall (Meet the Robinsons, The Princess and the Frog) with developing the studio's first Marvel animated feature, which would be based upon the Japanese superhero team Big Hero 6. Since then, we've heard very little about the project, but Bleeding Cool has uncovered a nugget of information from industry tracking company Rentrak, suggesting that Big Hero 6 has been scheduled for a Spanish theatrical release on November 21st 2014.
In terms of a possible North American release date, Disney has favoured November for its big animated offerings these past few years, with Chicken Little, Bolt, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph all arriving that month and Frozen set to arrive on November 27th of this year. The studio currently has November 7th, 2014 earmarked for an as-yet-untitled feature film, so there's a good chance Big Hero 6 could occupy this spot. »
- Flickering Myth
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