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Belgrad and Tolmach have been in the posts of president of production at the studio since 2003. The position of studio president had been unfilled since 1999 when current studio co-chair Amy Pascal held the post.
The promotion and the new contracts keep stable a team that has been at the helm of one of the most successful and lucrative runs in any studio history. The pair have shepherded Spider-Man franchise, Casino Royale, Superbad, Hitch, The Da Vinci Code, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Ghost Rider, The Pursuit of Happyness, Click, 50 First Dates, The Grudge and many others. Films under their guidance have grossed about $7.6 billion.
The two will continue to report to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal.
Kara/Supergirl (Vandervoort) will have a major presence on Smallville in the coming season. The character will be introduced in the show's seventh-season premiere.
Cassidy's character Ruby also will make first appearance on Supernatural's third season premiere. Ruby is a fellow demon hunter that Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) meet when they begin searching for the masses of demons who escaped from hell in the Season 2 finale.
Vandervoort is repped by Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto and Anthem Entertainment.
Cassidy, daughter of '70s pop star David Cassidy, has appeared in such features as Click, When a Stranger Calls and Black Christmas. She also has been signed to play Lucy Ewing in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series Dallas. On TV, she had a recurring role on 7th Heaven.
Paramount Vantage's debut of the true-life thriller A Mighty Heart also appeared to meet resistance. The political thriller, opening in 1,355 theaters, bowed to an estimated $4 million for a 10th-place showing overall.
On the other hand, MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s PG-13 horror show 1408 exceeded expectations, seemingly reversing the boxoffice curse that has bedeviled R-rated horror movies in recent months by checking in with a strong second-place showing and an estimated $20.2 million.
For the fourth consecutive weekend, boxoffice returns for the top 10 films were down compared with the same frame a year ago. According to Nielsen EDI, the weekend's top 10 collected $122.6 million, down 2% from last year, when Sony Pictures' comedy Click led the listings with a $40 million opening.
Given Evan's price tag -- the studio has officially pegged it at $175 million -- the movie might have set itself up for a fall. It follows in the wake of Jim Carrey's PG-13 Bruce Almighty, which opened in 2003 to a three-day take of $68 million during the Memorial Day weekend.
But Evan -- from director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk, who both worked on the original -- was designed more as a spinoff than a direct sequel. The new movie follows Steve Carell's character -- a preening newscaster in the first film -- who has been elected to the U.S. Congress and has moved his family to Virginia, where God (again in the form of Morgan Freeman) comes calling with predictions of stormy weather. In a bid for the family audience, Evan stayed within PG territory and, with its biblical overtones, even reached out to heartland Christian audiences.
With the latest tracking studies leading into the weekend suggesting that Evan would arrive in mid-$30 million territory, the movie's $32.1 million came up short. Its ultimate fate will depend on how much of a family audience it can attract during the next few weeks.
Universal reported Sunday that families accounted for 45% of Evan's opening-weekend audience, with parents comprising 24% of the crowd and children under age 13 another 21%. Slightly more than half of the overall audience, 52%, was over 25. The film earned an A-minus rating from cinemaScore.
American depository receipts of Sony closed up 6% at $55.85 after setting a 52-week high of $56.09 intraday.
While still dogged by bad publicity and the financial fallout from the failure to get the PlayStation 3 console to market on time, Sony executives in Tokyo were able to point to positive figures from such films as The Da Vinci Code, Casino Royale, Click and The Pursuit of Happyness.
For the new fiscal year, Sony forecast lower film revenue -- partly because of fewer releases -- and higher operating profitability.
Howard Stringer, who arrived in March 2005 with the task of rebuilding the ailing giant, did not attend the official earnings announcement, but in a brief interview expressed his delight at the impressive showing of Sony's Spider-Man 3 to date. "It hasn't done badly, has it", the beaming Stringer said.
In its opening weekend, the third outing for the Spider-Man franchise earned an impressive $382 million worldwide.
"We're really focusing on a more concentrated film slate with fewer, more profitable films ... the Revolution deal is winding down," said Robert Wiesenthal, group executive in charge of corporate development and M&A, Sony Corp., and executive vp and CFO, Sony Corp. of America, in a conference call with U.S. investors. "I won't call it a shift in strategy, but it's been more of an evolution where we are just much more efficient in terms of the greenlight process, more efficient in terms of marketing costs, and we are very optimistic in terms of profitability for the next year." He added the film unit targets a 10% margin and should reach that during the next two years.
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