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Airplane action thriller takes $30m and the No 1 slot, while Diogo Morgado as Jesus doesn't quite turn water into box-office wine
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Non-Stop leads independent surge
It's always good to see the independents rule the box-office charts, so hats off to StudioCanal. The company fully financed the action thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, and the big guy did not disappoint, scoring an estimated $30m (£18m) No 1 debut through domestic distributor Universal, which as you will by now have gathered did not produce this but acted as a distributor for a fee. The debut was even bigger than Jesus. See below.
Son of God opens in second place
There will always be a big market for Christian-themed movies in the Us and so it was little surprise to see Lightworkers Media's Son of God score a solid, if unspectacular, No 2 launch on $26.5m through Fox. »
- Jeremy Kay
Washington, Mar 4: Oscar-winning film 'Frozen' is set to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time after it crossed the 1-billion-dollar mark during the weekend.
Ticket sales for the Best Animated Feature winner hit 388.8 million dollars in North America alone, with an additional 611.5 million dollars across the rest of the world since its release in November last year, Contactmusic reported.
The picture is still being shown in movie theatres worldwide and with one more opening in Japan set for next week, Frozen is inching ever closer to the record set by 'Toy Story 3', which grossed 1.06 billion dollars upon its release in 2010.
- Abhijeet Sen
The other night Disney’s Frozen was one of the deserved winners of two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Song. It isn’t often the Academy gets things right these days, but Frozen was a magical return to form for Disney after the over-hyped and rather bland The Princess & The Frog and Tangled. Frozen has now become the 15th highest grossing film of all time and joins the $1 billion club, alongside other Disney films such as Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’S Chest. It’s also the second highest grossing animated film of all time behind Toy Story 3.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Frozen has followed its Oscar success by crossing the $1 billion-mark (£598m) at the worldwide box office.
The Disney animation, which won Best Animated Feature and Original Song at Sunday's Academy Awards, has made an estimated $388.8 million in the Us and $611.5 million internationally since its release last November.
The movie is also the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated picture ever. It is also yet to release in Japan, where it arrives on March 14.
At the Oscars, it became the studio's first Best Animated Feature win in history.
“Frozen” had several reasons to celebrate last night (excluding the flubbed introduction of star Idina Menzel). Aside from nabbing two Oscars, including Disney’s first best animated feature win in history, the toon also crossed the $1 billion-mark at the worldwide box office.
The movie is the studio’s seventh release to reach the milestone, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Toy Story 3,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
Having earned an estimated $388.8 million Stateside and $611.5 million internationally since its late November release, “Frozen” is the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated pic ever.
Even more impressive is the fact that the film joined the billion-dollar B.O. club before debuting in Japan. It will bow in theaters there on March 14 and will be released on DVD in the U.S. four days later. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
Last night, Frozen snagged two Oscars: One for best original song for “Let It Go,” and the other for best animated feature. Oh, and it also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office.
Six other Walt Disney Studios films have also hit the $1 billion mark, including The Avengers and Toy Story 3. So far, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally since its November 27, 2013 domestic release — and it still has one more international territory to go, debuting in Japan March 14.
“With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected »
- Ariana Bacle
If you saw the early trailers for Frozen, which made it look like a generic animated kids movie about a snowman and a reindeer, and predicted that one day it'd be worth over $1 billion at the global box office, then we would like to formally invite you to run our stock portfolio, because you are either a genius or a psychic. This past weekend Frozen crossed that milestone, joining the growing club of films that are dominating on a global scale. It's currently the 18th highest grossing film of all time, though considering it's only $4 million behind The Dark Knight and still has some countries (like Japan) to open in, it won't be long before it leapfrogs Batman. The only other animated film in the billion dollar club is Toy Story 3, which further highlights the...
- Peter Hall
On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
“With ‘Frozen,’ we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “Animation is the cornerstone of our company, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney's animated fairy tale "Frozen," which picked up two Academy Awards last night (for best Original Song and Animated Feature), now has another feather to stick in its frosty cap: it has just crossed the $1 billion worldwide box office milestone. That should take the sting off of the generally horrible Idina Menzel performance from last night.
Last night's win marked the first time that a Walt Disney Animation Studios film had picked up the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the category's 13-year history, and the new worldwide box office total makes it only the second animated feature to cross that threshold. (The other is Pixar's "Toy Story 3.") In the history of the studio, this is only the seventh film to make over $1 billion worldwide. It's currently just inside the top 20 list of highest grossing movies of all time.
"With 'Frozen,' we knew we had something truly special on our hands, »
- Drew Taylor
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. – March 3, 2014 – On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, “Frozen” has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” “With ‘Frozen,’ we knew we had something truly »
- Pietro Filipponi
It's a big weekend for Frozen - not only is the Disney animation up for two Oscars in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for 'Let It Go', but it's also crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, with Deadline reporting that the film has earned $388.7 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $1,000,200,000.
Frozen becomes the 18th film to reach a billion in box office receipts, and is now the biggest ever non-sequel animated film of all-time, and the second-highest grossing animated film behind Toy Story 3. It's also Disney's seventh film to reach that milestone, and only the second film of 2013 to cross ten figures after another Disney release in Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3.
- Gary Collinson
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Disney's Frozen will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office on Sunday, becoming only the second animated feature in history to achieve that milestone after fellow Disney/Pixar title Toy Story 3. Also on Sunday, Frozen hopes to walk away with the Oscar for best animated feature at the Academy Awards.
Frozen will finish the weekend with a domestic total of $388.7 million and international haul of $611.5 for a cume of $1 billion. The 3D animated tentpole
- Pamela McClintock
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
The idea of a movie crossover is not exactly groundbreaking anymore, thanks to a widespread understanding that any big franchise can simply go nuts with the amount of sequels they can give to the characters in each movie. For example, the Marvel Universe has more or less free license to use hundreds of different comic book characters in the Avengers series, with the only notable exceptions being Spider-Man and the X-Men, so none of us should be surprised to see even the most obscure of Marvel creations turn up in the next Avengers movie.
However, what does stand out as being a little more intriguing is when movies that you did not expect to have any obvious connection are bridged by a common link… or at least a linking conspiracy theory. For example, writer Jon Negroni has received a lot of attention recently thanks to his Pixar Universe Theory, wherein »
- Stephen Kennedy
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
With more than 80 years of history under its belt, it's becoming much easier to pinpoint exactly the type of movies that'll win favour at the Oscars. Big-scale period epics, war films and musicals always tend to find favour with Academy voters, while on the acting front playing a President or a known historical figure is a sure-fire way to get attention.
But what about the movies that never get a look in? There are certain types of films - no matter how successful or how beloved by audiences - that simply never win big at the Oscars. Perhaps it's down to a lack of campaign push from the studio, the perception that they're not "Oscar movies", or Academy snobbery? Digital Spy takes a look at the films that are perennially ignored in the Best Picture race below...
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
• The Lego Movie – review
• Mr Peabody & Sherman – review
• More on the UK box office
Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »
- Charles Gant
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