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BitTorrent inks deals for TV, film content

29 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BitTorrent, the home of the Internet's leading peer-to-peer application, revealed new content deals with major film and television studios Wednesday.

Partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Starz Media, Palm Pictures, G4 and Kadokawa Pictures USA will result in numerous movies and TV shows added to the library of digital content available through BitTorrent.com.

"This is a true testament to the value of our community, technology and the position we aspire to play in the world of entertainment and content distribution," BitTorrent president and co-founder Ashwin Navin said.

Wednesday's announced partnerships are in addition to BitTorrent's pacts with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Egami Media, Hart Sharp, Koch Entertainment and the Orchard and come after the company said it is pushing back the launch date of its online video store to February.

Through these collaborations, BitTorrent customers will have access to such titles as 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand and Lionsgate's Saw III and such television content as Fox's "24" and Prison Break and South Park and Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show.

Designed in 2001 as an open source protocol, BitTorrent enables millions of users worldwide to securely download digital content through its Web site and licensed technology solutions. »

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'Borat' beats 'Clause' at boxoffice

6 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sacha Baron Cohen may just be the reigning king of comedy judging by this weekend's returns at the North American boxoffice. 20th Century Fox's Borat, starring Baron Cohen as Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev on a road trip across America, reaped an unbelievable $26.4 million. Opening in only 837 theaters, the R-rated rogue comedy generated a per-theater average of an estimated $31,511.

The film far outpaced its competition, including the two family films that battled for the second-place spot. Buena Vista Pictures' The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause eked out the No. 2 position, earning an estimated $20 million, far below the $29 million earned by the second Clause film on its opening weekend in 2002.

The Tim Allen starrer was up against stiff competition with Paramount Pictures' release of DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away. The first CG-animated film from Aardman Animations, revolving around rodents flushed into the London sewers, generated an estimated $19.1 million to finish third overall.

The top three grossers weren't powerful enough to eclipse the year-ago boxoffice take, marking the first down frame for the top 12 films after five consecutive up weekends. The top 12 for the frame grossed an estimated $116.1 million, down close to 3% compared with $119.6 million last year, when Buena Vista's Chicken Little bowed to $40 million.

There was strong business among the weekend's holdovers. Although Lionsgate's Saw III fell 54% to an estimated $15.5 million -- a more severe drop then the previous films in the franchise -- it still hung on to fourth place. Additionally, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Departed, the R-rated crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese, generated another $8 million, crossing the $100 million mark with an estimated $102.3 million in its fifth weekend. By today, it will top Scorsese's all-time gross of $102.6 million, for 2004's The Aviator.

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'Borat' freezes out 'Clause 3' with big Day

4 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Wow wow wee waa! 20th Century Fox's Borat, despite debuting in just 837 theaters, triggered a boxoffice stampede Friday, handily taking the top spot for the day. According to boxofficemojo.com, the boxoffice tracking site, the ambush comedy in which comedian Sacha Baron Cohen travels America in the character of Kazakhstan journalist Borat Sagdiyev, grabbed an estimated $9.05 million during its first day of release. Its per-theater average amounted to a resounding $10,812.

Even though it arrived in 3,458 theaters, Buena Vista's family film The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, starring Tim Allen, lagged well behind Borat in second place. It attracted an estimated $5.2 million Friday.

This weekend's other new wide release, Paramount's animated Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, bowed in fourth place. The tale of sewer rats collected an estimated $4.6 million.

Rounding out the top five Friday, Lionsgate's horror pic Saw III shared the second place spot with Clause 3 since it also took in an estimated $5.2 million. Buena Vista's magic show The Prestige held down fifth place with an estimated $2.4 million.

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'Prada's' style still fashionable

31 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

During the typical mid-fall breather until the avalanche of year-end holiday offerings swamp overseas screens, the fashion trend started by The Devil Wears Prada remained in style for a fourth straight week. But a number of other stylists introduced their wares in the hopes of picking up some of the boxoffice action before the start of the holiday season.

In Germany, locally produced films dominated the market, with the fairy-tale parody Seven Dwarves 2 hitting the top of the boxoffice chart with an opening round of $6.6 million from 799 screens. Altogether, Seven Dwarves 2's weekend total came to $8.8 million with the addition of Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

In countries where there are spot school holidays, animated films took charge. In Italy, DreamWorks CG-animated entry Over the Hedge took first place with $2.1 million from 452 screens. In Brazil, three animated films vied for family patronage, with the Weinstein Co.'s Hoodwinked at No. 1, UIP's Barnyard at No. 4 and Sony's Open Season at No. 5.

Lionsgate's horror sequel Saw III went to the top in the U.K. with $4.7 million from 374 screens. At the same time, Clint Eastwood's well-received Flag of Our Fathers picked up an estimated $3.3 million from 752 prints in four markets, with Japan opening to $1.6 million (No. 2) from 289 prints and France opening to $1.6 million (No. 2 in the Paris metropolitan region) from 430 prints nationwide. But 20th Century Fox's Russell Crowe starrer A Good Year, from director Ridley Scott, failed to excite the U.K., entering the market in ninth place with $715,000 from 276 screens.

Prada remained the big surprise of the fall season as it pulled in $17.6 million on its fourth weekend at No. 1 from 4,335 screens in 53 markets to lift its international gross to $130.4 million. South Korea, which has been shunning Hollywood offerings for many weeks, opened its arms to the Meryl Streep starrer about a fashion magazine with a top-of-the-market splash of $2.9 million from 239 screens. No. 1 receptions also came from Belgium, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Estonia. And a second weekend holdover in Germany ($2.9 million) delivered a total of $13.7 million while a third weekend in Italy ($2 million) resulted in a market cume of $11.8 million.

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'Prada's' style still fashionable

31 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

During the typical mid-fall breather until the avalanche of year-end holiday offerings swamp overseas screens, the fashion trend started by The Devil Wears Prada remained in style for a fourth straight week. But a number of other stylists introduced their wares in the hopes of picking up some of the boxoffice action before the start of the holiday season.

In Germany, locally produced films dominated the market, with the fairy-tale parody Seven Dwarves 2 hitting the top of the boxoffice chart with an opening round of $6.6 million from 799 screens. Altogether, Seven Dwarves 2's weekend total came to $8.8 million with the addition of Austria and German-speaking Switzerland.

In countries where there are spot school holidays, animated films took charge. In Italy, DreamWorks CG-animated entry Over the Hedge took first place with $2.1 million from 452 screens. In Brazil, three animated films vied for family patronage, with the Weinstein Co.'s Hoodwinked at No. 1, UIP's Barnyard at No. 4 and Sony's Open Season at No. 5.

Lionsgate's horror sequel Saw III went to the top in the U.K. with $4.7 million from 374 screens. At the same time, Clint Eastwood's well-received Flag of Our Fathers picked up an estimated $3.3 million from 752 prints in four markets, with Japan opening to $1.6 million (No. 2) from 289 prints and France opening to $1.6 million (No. 2 in the Paris metropolitan region) from 430 prints nationwide. But 20th Century Fox's Russell Crowe starrer A Good Year, from director Ridley Scott, failed to excite the U.K., entering the market in ninth place with $715,000 from 276 screens.

Prada remained the big surprise of the fall season as it pulled in $17.6 million on its fourth weekend at No. 1 from 4,335 screens in 53 markets to lift its international gross to $130.4 million. South Korea, which has been shunning Hollywood offerings for many weeks, opened its arms to the Meryl Streep starrer about a fashion magazine with a top-of-the-market splash of $2.9 million from 239 screens. No. 1 receptions also came from Belgium, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Estonia. And a second weekend holdover in Germany ($2.9 million) delivered a total of $13.7 million while a third weekend in Italy ($2 million) resulted in a market cume of $11.8 million.

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'Saw III' sharp with $34.3 million opening

30 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Thanks to its Saw franchise, Lionsgate continued its tradition of domination at the North American boxoffice on the weekend before Halloween. The third installment of the R-rated horror fest grossed an estimated $34.3 million during the weekend, a record for the series and the studio and practically a guarantee that Lionsgate will resurrect Jigsaw for another go-round.

The weekend's other new wide release didn't have the same luck. Focus Features' apartheid drama Catch a Fire, from director Phillip Noyce, bowed to a meager $2.1 million and placed outside the top 10.

In limited release, Paramount Vantage's Babel was clearly the winner for the weekend. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's R-rated, globe-trotting drama grossed $365,801 in seven theaters for an astounding per-screen average of $52,258.

Overall, the boxoffice appears to be up 2% compared with the same period last year, when three films opened wide instead of the two this frame. Last year's chart-topper was Saw II, of course, which grossed $31.7 million. This weekend, the top 12 films grossed an estimated $89 million for the three-day frame, compared with $87 million last year at this time.

Of the holdovers, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Departed, which held on to the second spot, continues to impress. In its fourth weekend, the Martin Scorsese-directed drama dropped a slight 27% for an estimated gross of $9.8 million. The Leonardo DiCaprio/Matt Damon starrer has earned an estimated $91.1 million after 23 days in theaters.

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Gore score: 'Saw III,' mercy zero

27 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For the third year in a row, the diabolical character Jigsaw is back to rule the boxoffice the weekend before Halloween. Lionsgate is looking to continue the winning streak with the third installment of its R-rated Saw franchise, which is on track to be the biggest opener yet for the series that has generated $142 million at the domestic boxoffice.

The other studios appear to be getting out of its way this weekend, with only Focus Features bowing its political thriller Catch a Fire on 1,305 screens and Paramount Vantage unveiling its Oscar hopeful Babel in limited release. It means that last weekend's holdovers will have a chance to do significant business during their second frames.

One holdover that will be watched closely is Paramount Pictures' Flags of Our Fathers, from director Clint Eastwood. The R-rated film bowed last weekend to a soft $10.2 million, and all eyes will be on the strength of its hold. Speculation about the film's ultimate performance has been the subject of many conversations in Hollywood this week. Will the movie play like a typical Eastwood film, holding strong? This weekend could tell the story; the studio will expand its Flags run from 1,876 theaters in its opening frame to 2,190 this weekend.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman is back for his second installment of Saw, with Tobin Bell back for a third time as Jigsaw. In this chapter, the serial killer uses a doctor to help keep him alive while his new apprentice puts a second victim through a game.

Saw II bowed to nearly $32 million, and tracking suggests that the new film will garner an even larger opening number. From screenwriter Leigh Whannell, who penned all three installments, Saw III co-stars Shawnee Smith, Angus Macfadyen and Bahar Soomekh. The film will bow in 3,167 theaters.

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'Saw III' set for Halloween bow

22 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Lionsgate Entertainment said it will release the third film in its successful Saw series Oct. 31 with a substantial publicity campaign, including the release of a special director's cut DVD package earlier in the month. Saw III began shooting May 8 in Toronto and should finish by the end of June or early July. Although the studio would not confirm budget figures, they are rumored to be more than $10 million -- more than the first two films combined. »

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Twisted hones third 'Saw' pic with Lionsgate

3 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

More blood will be shed. Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are moving forward with the third installment in the Saw horror franchise. The two companies will develop and produce Saw III, with Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II) returning to direct. Lionsgate has scheduled an Oct. 27 release. Leigh Whannell penned the Saw III screenplay based on a story by Whannell and James Wan. The latest chapter will stay true to the serial killer franchise's roots but will add "fresh, terrifying and unimaginable new twists," according to Twisted's Mark Burg and Oren Koules. »

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