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Universal Studios Home Entertainment scored big on the national home video charts the week ending Dec. 21, with a pair of releases topping both the sales and the rental charts their first week in stores.
"Mamma Mia!" bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and earns the distinction of displacing Warner's "The Dark Knight" as the top-selling DVD in the country. "Dark Knight" remains the top-selling video release of the year, with an estimated worldwide total of 13.5 million units sold its first week out, 1.7 million of them on the nascent Blu-ray Disc format.
For the week, however, "Mamma Mia!" outsold the Batman sequel, which did about 85% as much business its sophomore week as the musical comedy built around Abba's hits, which earned $143.7 million in theaters.
Meanwhile, Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week was topped by another new Universal Studios release, the actioner "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, »
- By Thomas K. Arnold
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped a new poll of this year's most gaffe-prone movies - with a staggering 64 continuity blunders.
Harrison Ford's whip-cracking return to his hit adventurer franchise came first in a new survey by film website moviemistakes.com.
Fans spotted a huge number of mistakes in the Steven Spielberg movie - including the use of a Harley Davidson motorbike from 2000, despite the fact the film is set in 1957.
Jon Sandys, Moviemistakes editor, says, "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up, but they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie fans keep spotting them."
The full list of 2008's continuity-challenged films is as follows:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 64 mistakes
2. Mamma Mia! - 44 mistakes
3. The Dark Knight - 43 mistakes
4. Twilight - 41 mistakes
5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 41 mistakes
6. Journey to the Center of the Earth - 31 mistakes
7. Quantum of Solace - 23 mistakes
8. Get Smart - 22 mistakes
9. Step Brothers - 22 mistakes
10. Iron Man - 21 mistakes »
The Abba-themed movie, starring Meryl Streep, has taken more than $105 million (GBP69 million) at the box office after a 23-week run in British cinemas.
The news comes just days after the film picked up two Golden Globe nominations, including Streep's nod for Best Actress.
David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International, admits it is "phenomenal" to break the record set by 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
He says, "This film has exceeded our expectations and delighted audiences around the world since it opened in July." »
London -- Universal Pictures International can finally boast that Phyllida Lloyd's "Mamma Mia!" is the highest grossing movie ever released in the U.K., sailing past the previous record holder, "Titanic."
Lloyd's romantic musical comedy finally sank the ten year grip "Titanic" has had on the record with her film singing its way to 69.1 pounds million ($105.3 million) while the James Cameron iceberg drama sailed away with 69 million pounds in 1998.
"Mamma Mia!" broke the long standing record just days after the film picked up two Golden Globe nominations for best picture (musical or comedy) and best actress (musical or comedy) for star Meryl Streep.
Upi president David Kosse described the success of "Mia" as "truly phenomenal."
Said Kosse: "This box-office record is a tribute to producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and our brilliant cast who worked so hard on this film." »
- By Stuart Kemp
11 December 2008 7:01 AM, PST | IMDb News
And Streep would love to reunite the cast for a follow-up.
She says, "Grand Mamma Mia! I like it! I'm up for doing a sequel, as long as you can get those fabulous boys back! It's so gratifying it has been this phenomenon around the work. It says there's an audience for something that appeals to a lot of women, something that might make them some money too."
Movie musical Mamma Mia! has become a major box office smash internationally, grossing more than $559 million (GBP375 million) worldwide. »
Julie Walters has been pushed to success in the movie business - because she is so terrified of failure.
The British actress, 58, has enjoyed a long and successful film career, picking up two Oscar nominations and a clutch of other awards, including a Golden Globe for her role in 1983's Educating Rita.
And Walters is continuing to ride high in the entertainment industry with a prominent role in the Harry Potter franchise and a recent turn in box office smash Mamma Mia!
But the star is convinced that her continued success is down to her constant worrying.
She says, "I think people are driven by various things and my life is driven by fear - it always has been. I was brought up in an anxious household and I think acting is based on fear."
But Walters has found a way to disperse her negatives thoughts - a self-help book by Susan Jeffers titled Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway.
She adds, "Reading this book was a revelation. I'm not scared any more." »
Universal Pictures International Entertainment said the title posted unit sales of just short of 1.7 million, sinking its nearest rival "Titanic" which sold 1.1 million units on its first day on sale back in 1998 here.
The DVD success follows hot on the heels of what has become a boxoffice sensation for the musical movie, which features the hits of Swedish powerpop quartet Abba.
The title sung its way to just shy of 67 million pounds ($103 million) at the U.K. boxoffice, making it the highest grossing British movie of all time on these shores. It qualifies as British under the U.K. government’s cultural test.
Upie president Eddie Cunningham said the movie's DVD success here is being mirrored around the world. »
- By Stuart Kemp
The summer release, which is based on the songs of Swedish pop stars Abba, has become a major box office smash internationally, grossing more than $559 million (GBP353.7 million) worldwide.
But Abba's Andersson insists Universal Pictures bosses have yet to approach him about a follow-up.
He says, "There is no talk of a sequel. (But they) would like a sequel because they're just flabbergasted at the success - more than anyone, I think."
However, that does not mean Andersson and songwriting pal Bjorn Ulvaeus are not interested in the project if screenwriter Catherine Johnson pens a new plotline: "If she comes up with something, if she's keen on it, then maybe she'll call us."
Movie musical Mamma Mia! has become the biggest British movie ever after taking $104.52 million (GBP67 million) at the U.K. box office.
The Abba movie surpasses previous British record-holder Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which took $102.9 million (GBP66 million) upon its 2001 release.
Mamma Mia! has also gone on to become Universal Pictures' most profitable project ever.
Universal President David Kosse says, "This is fantastic. The quality of the filmmaking and the resonance of this feelgood story have made the movie, like the stage play, a global phenomenon." »
London -- Phyllida Lloyd's "Mamma Mia!" has become the biggest British movie of all time at the U.K. boxoffice, Universal Pictures International said Wednesday.
The movie, which qualifies as British through the U.K. Film Council's stringent rules, has taken just a handful of pounds short of 67 million pounds ($109.9 million) at the boxoffice here. Only "Titanic," which sailed to 69 million pounds, has taken in more.
According to figures from Nielsen Edi, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was the previous British record holder with 66 million pounds.
"Since its release in July we've seen people around the world coming back to see the film again and again," Upi president David Kosse said.
Pundits here believe it's only a matter of time before "Mamma Mia!" sinks "Titanic's" boxoffice crown in the U.K. »
- By Stuart Kemp
Christmas arrived early for Disney as teenagers the world over swarmed to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," celebrating the first big-screen sequel of the acclaimed Disney Channel originals with a weekend take of $41 million from 3,163 screens in 19 countries.
It was the biggest October opening ever in the international market and the biggest-ever overseas bow for a musical (beating "Mamma Mia!'s" $26 million debut), according to Disney International. It also claimed an average market share of more than 40% in each of its markets.
In the U.K., where the telefilms and best-selling album established a massive fan base for the franchise, "HSM3" hit the top with $13.7 million from 494 screens. Germany pulled in $5.9 million from 547; Spain, $5.1 million from 547; France, $3.8 million; Brazil, $1.7 million from 212; Denmark, $1.2 from 93; and Norway, $1.1 million from 90.
Whether the teen appeal of "HSM3" can help it reach the heights obtained by the female-driven "Mamma Mia!" remains questionable. At the moment, »
- By Hy Hollinger
High School Musical 3: Senior Year has danced its way to the top of the U.S. box office chart, raking in $42 million (GBP26.9 million) in its opening weekend.
The Disney movie, which stars teen actors Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale, set a new record for a musical after trumping the $27.8 million (GBP17.8 million) Mamma Mia! opened with in July.
High School Musical 3 comfortably beat horror film Saw V, which took $30.5 million (GBP19.55) to debut at two.
Last week's number one, Max Payne, the big screen adaptation of the violent video game, slips to number three in its second week on release with $7.6 million (GBP4.87 million), while Beverly Hills Chihuahua is at four with $6.9 million (GBP4.4 million).
The movie, which also stars Megan Fox, took $2.13 million (GBP1.15 million) to cement its place at the top.
Action thriller Taken debuted at number two, bringing in $2.02 million (GBP1.09 million).
Rounding out the top five was Abba musical movie Mamma Mia! with $1.43 million (GBP771,647) at four and in fifth place with $828,909 (GBP448,059) was Jason Statham's remake of Death Race, which has dropped one place. »
Forget the fanboys and their comic-book movies, it's time to hail a long-neglected fan base -- the fan moms and mature women who kept "Mamma Mia!" on top in the international market for the fifth week in a row. One woman in Germany is reported to have seen the feelgood movie more than 70 times.
Thanks to a top-of-the-market bow in Italy ($2.6 million from 276 screens) and strong holdovers, the mother-daughter relationship story set to the music of Abba pulled in $13.6 million over the weekend from 4,173 dates in 44 territories, lifting its foreign gross to $377 million. The Meryl Streep starrer, off just 14% from last weekend, held the No. 4 slot at the U.K. boxoffice in its 13th weekend, reaching a market gross of $123.2 million. The film, with eight more offshore openings to come, is 2008's highest-grossing film in 11 countries and among the top 5 of all time in these markets, according to Universal.
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- By Hy Hollinger
Abba musical Mamma Mia! is still going strong at the global box office, raking in $14.1 million (GBP7.62 million) across 47 countries in the last week.
The film, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, remains atop the international box office chart for its fifth consecutive week, bringing it's total haul outside of the U.S. to $377.2 million (GBP203.8 million).
Universal's "Mamma Mia!" again reigned over an increasingly scattered international circuit with an estimated $14.1 million from 4,406 screens in 47 markets, hiking its cumulative overseas take to $377.2 million.
The weekend saw a rush of single-market or limited runs launched on behalf of nearly 10 fresh titles. The most popular new Hollywood studio contribution was Disney's "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," which premiered No. 1 at the domestic boxoffice.
The talking-dog comedy opened day-and-date in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa and Colombia to an estimated $4.8 million from 810 screens. That was enough to qualify for the No. 5 spot internationally.
The weekend's best solo-market bow was Paramount's U.K. release of FilmFour's "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People." The comedy, based on Toby Young's account of his struggles as a young British writer working in New York for Vanity Fair magazine, opened No. 1 in the market with $2.1 million from 449 screens.
Taking the top spot internationally for a fifth-straight frame, »
- By Frank Segers
Get ready for a batch of sequels and/or clones. Seems there's an untapped market of older women out there, judging from the amazing success of Universal's "Mamma Mia!," which dominated the overseas market for a fourth consecutive weekend with a $15.1 million take from 4,155 screens in 44 countries.
Russia, Ukraine and Malaysia joined the cheering section with sturdy openings that helped raise the international gross to $356.6 million, which combined with domestic's $142.2 million to hit $498.8 million, with $500 million in sight by today. "Mamma Mia!" is set to open in nine more countries, including Italy on Oct. 3 and Japan on Jan. 30.
Expected competition from Paramount/DreamWorks' "Eagle Eye" failed to materialize as the terrorist/political assassination thriller pulled in $4.1 million from 970 screens in nine mostly smaller markets. The Shia Labeouf and Michelle Monaghan starrer expands to 18 more markets this coming weekend.
In continuing glutted markets, new entries are not making much headway and »
- By Hy Hollinger
London -- Summertime and the living is easy, at least according to figures released Monday that show audience numbers on the rise at the U.K. boxoffice compared with the year-ago period.
While cinema visits during June-August rose to 53.6 million, up from 50.8 million in the same time in 2007, so did the cost to distributors trying to entice audiences into the auditoriums.
The Film Distributors' Assn., which released the statistics, attributed the uptick in visits to the range of movies offered and the bad British weather as well as the runaway success of "Mamma Mia!" which is already fourth in the U.K.'s all-time top 10 boxoffice successes.
In June-August, distributors shelled out an estimated 80.9 million pounds ($146 million) on launching and sustaining their releases in the market place.
That compares with 74.1 pounds million spent during the same three months last year.
This is made up of 47.2 million pounds ($85 million) on media advertising, »
- By Stuart Kemp
Paris -- DreamWorks' "Eagle Eye" added a soupcon of spark to the foreign circuit during the weekend, but Universal's "Mamma Mia!" dominated overseas for a fourth consecutive frame, grossing an estimated $15.3 million from 4,562 screens in 48 territories.
"Eye," an action-thriller directed by D.J. Caruso and starring Shia Labeouf and Michelle Monaghan as a couple forced to engage in political assassination, opened through Paramount on 1,043 screens in 13 markets and earned $4.2 million, qualifying for the weekend's No. 5 spot. Best of the bows was Australia, where the film snared $1.4 million from 206 situations.
The spectacular foreign run for "Mamma Mia!" continues apace as the smash musical adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, improved 1% from last weekend's international tally. The film's overseas gross stands at $356.4 million, 2 1/2 times its domestic take. Universal predicts the global cume for "Mamma Mia!" will reach a cool $500 million by the middle of this week.
"Mamma Mia!" opened No. 1 during the weekend in Russia ($4.3 million from 436 sites, »
- By Frank Segers
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