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The economy may be teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, but such dire financial woes were nowhere to be found at the box office in 2012. Over the past 365 days, Americans spent many of their hard-earned dollars at the movies — paying to see everything from Channing Tatum’s abs to a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear, and as a result, the box office had its best* year ever.
Movie theaters sold an estimated $10.84 billion worth of tickets domestically in 2012, beating the previous record of $10.59 billion set in 2009 (when Avatar led a late-December surge), and marking a new record in terms »
- Grady Smith
As we approach the end of 2012, the folks over at TorrentFreak have put together their annual lists of the most pirated movies and TV shows from the past twelve months, which is based upon the number of illegal downloads from various torrent sites.
Despite the inclusion of box office behemoths such as The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, the found footage comedy Project X was the most pirated movie of the year with an estimated 8,720,000 (and also the lowest-grossing release to feature in the top ten), while HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones overtook Dexter to become the most-downloaded TV show of 2012, peaking at 4,280,000 downloads for a single episode.
Here's the ten most downloaded movies of 2012, along with the estimated number of downloads and global box office grosses...
1. Project X - 8,720,000 downloads, $100,931,865 gross
2. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol - 8,500,000 downloads, $694,713,380 gross
3. The Dark Knight Rises - 8,230,000 downloads, $1,081,041,287 gross
4. The Avengers - 8,110,000 downloads, »
As one year ends and another begins, it’s always good to have a look back over the past 12 months…and review which films were the most pirated of 2012! Although you may think that some of the big hitters (e.g. The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble) would top the poll, you would be wrong. Research shows that little known, under-the-radar comedy Project X was the most illegally downloaded film of the year, coming in with 8.72 million torrents.
The out-of-control-party-based film, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, may not have made an impact over here in the UK, but made a worldwide box office total of $100 million. Yes, there were films that made a hell of a lot more, but if a film isn’t widely released, it can become a victim of Internet pirates.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
Winner Of The Week: Bilbo Baggins. You know, most people won't admit to being Tolkien geeks. Yet we spent billions of dollars watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy a decade ago, and now we've made The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the top movie for three straight weeks. We spent an estimated $32.9 million on Hobbit tickets this weekend, down a negligible 11 percent from last week, for a three-week total of $222.7 million domestic and another $400.0 million from overseas. It can't just be hardcore Middle-earth aficionados. There's a lot of secret Hobbitheads out there. »
“We live in a three-dimensional world,” James Cameron admonished Hollywood a few weeks ago on the opening of Life of Pi. Calling Ang Lee’s film some of the best use of 3-D since his own Avatar (2009), Cameron was trying to push the movie industry – as he has been for some time – toward a more full-bore commitment to 3-D filmmaking. The approximately 40 3-D titles slated for release in 2013, evidently, still represents only a chicken-hearted effort in Cameron’s eyes.
What Cameron has been hoping for with Pi is that the movie shows 3-D to be more than a gimmick for action flicks like The Avengers; that 3-D can be used eloquently in movies that aren’t about pyrotechnics and superheroes sailing through the air, that it isn’t just for making the fanboys chuckle with glee as they duck 3-D ejecta. Pi, in Lee’s more than capable hands, uses »
- Bill Mesce
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were one of the most watched couples of 2012, for more reasons than one. Not only did they have three major films to talk about, but their off-screen relationship took a sordid turn with Stewart’s affair with married Director Rupert Sanders. The damaging cheating scandal can just as their professional careers were peaking. The last of their “Twilight” films, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ was heading for its debut, while they were promoting two films close to their hearts. [...] »
With almost $800 million in the worldwide box office tank and more than $283 million of it earned on the domestic front, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has had quite an impressive theatrical run indeed. So much so, in fact, that according to Box Office Mojo, it's one of the top five films which are responsible for Hollywood's biggest domestic box office year over all. View slideshow: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Coming in at fifth place below The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and Skyfall in domestic ticket sales, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 helped catapult this year's domestic box office numbers to $10.6 billion, a fraction more than the previous record of $10.59 billion in 2009 (for which The Twilight Saga: New Moon was partially responsible). 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Photo credit: Summit Ent. Breaking Dawn - Part 2, of course, »
Kristen Stewart is featured in this weekend's edition of USA Today for her for latest film On The Road, and while her interview contains a lot of familiar words from her, Dakota Fanning's contributions stand out as very new and interesting. Fanning talked about Stewart, whom she's worked with on several projects (including The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Runaways, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and a short film called Cutlass) and how their friendship works off-screen. View slideshow: Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning On Kristen Stewart's Personality "She is 100% h »
In this never-seen-before interview done not too long ago, Marlane Barnes revealed to the the alumni of her alma mater, University of Texas, The Alcade, how she got the part of Maggie from the Irish coven in ‘Breaking Dawn’ and spoke about the challenges of being a vampire and why vampires appeal to her.… Read the rest
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Let’s leave the story that making a ‘Top 10’ lists may not bring order on the subject of challenges of contemporary cinematography and let’s focus on the box office revenue in a systematic, algorithmic way provided by Box Office Mojo website.
Perhapse, the grade could guide you to read the full review, and then to the movie whether you liked it or not. Here’s the list of Top 10 taken from ‘Total Grosses of all Movies Released in 2012 – Viewing Chart as of Dec. 29, 2012.’
1. The Avengers, Buena Vista, $623 million
2. The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros., $448 million
3. The Hunger Games, Lionsgate, $408 million
4. Skyfall, Sony/Columbia, $285 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony/Columbia, $262 million
7. Brave, Buena Vista, $237 million
8. Ted, Universal, $218 million
9. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Paramount, $216 million
The Avengers also broke record and grossed $200.3 million »
- Nick Martin
Just two days ago, the total Bo (domestically) for 2012 reached $10.6 billion, just passing the old record of $10.59 billion set back in 2009. James Cameron's Avatar played a big part in that, but this year it was mainly down to good ol Superhero flicks, as Joss Whedon's The Avengers and Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises earned more than a tenth of the year’s total gross. Other strong performers included; The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - which is still going strong as we cross over into 2013. There were some disappointment of course - John Carter was a big let down for Disney, and even though it grossed a very respectable $260 million, The Amazing Spider-Man didn’t come close to any film in Sam Rami’s trilogy. Can 2013 be an even bigger year? Well, with the likes of Man »
Here’s a few new movie stills from the upcoming sci-fi film “The Host” by director Andrew Niccol (In Time, Lord of War, S1m0ne, Gattaca) from writer Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Bokeem Woodbine, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. Film Synopsis: A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race’s mission of taking over the Earth, “Wanda” (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from Stephanie Meyer’s [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Watch John Stewart’s recent interview with actress Kristen Stewart. Kristen stars in the film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ by director Bill Condon stars Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars, The Rover, Hold on to Me), Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Runaways), Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene (Skateland), Taylor Lautner, (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, My Own Worst Enemy), Jackson Rathbone (S. Darko, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Dakota Fanning and Kellan Lutz. Synopsis: In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Something is very wrong when even a slim volume like The Hobbit turns into three films
If I want to see long-form storytelling played out on a screen, I'll watch a season of Breaking Bad or Mad Men. If I want to see a stand-alone tale, I'll go to the cinema – well, I would have until Hollywood started monkeying with the format and stealing from its cousin. The studios have helped make 2012 the season of the season. They've abandoned the narrative rule book (three acts, a resolution) in favour of expanding middles and never-ending stories. The entire industry has a problem with closure.
The film franchise is nothing new, but the film franchise that wraps up in instalments, with a final stanza that divides and metastasises, seems a perplexing innovation. It wasn't enough for the (already interminable) Harry Potter series to end with The Deathly Hallows, or the Twilight saga »
- Xan Brooks
On Thursday, December 27, yearly domestic box office passed $10.6 billion, making it the highest-grossing year ever ahead of 2009 ($10.59 billion). With four more days left in 2012, it's likely that the box office ultimately ends the year with around $10.8 billion. The top contributor was The Avengers with $623.4 million, followed by The Dark Knight Rises with $448.1 million. The next two were a bit more surprising: The Hunger Games wound up being a box office sensation with $408 million, while Skyfall's $285 million and counting is over $115 million higher than any previous Bond movie. Rounding out the Top Five was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which kept pace with its predecessors ($283.7 million and counting). The Amazing Spider-Man performed solidly with $262 million, though that was noticeably off from the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Brave was the highest-grossing animated movie of 2012 with $237.2 million, while Ted was by-far the top comedy with an incredible $218.7 million. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The end of calendar year is always the start of the awards season for movie fans, with critics' top 10 lists rolling out and award nominations being handed out. However, there are a few distinct honors that no film wants to receive. Today, Project X was named as the most downloaded movie of 2012, while the Christian Slater flop Playback was named the lowest grossing movie of the year, earning just $264 at the box office. Yes, just two hundred sixty-four dollars.
Playback was released in just one theater back in March, earning a paltry $252, adding another $12 the following week for a total domestic tally of $264. Oddly enough, though, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure fared even worse, in terms of per-screen average. Opening in 2,160 theaters this August, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure earned an abysmal $443,901, for a per-screen average of $206. In case both Playback and The Oogieloves in the »
I don’t mean to perpetuate the acceptance of necrophilia, but there were so many sexy dead people in 2012. Between The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and that little movie Breaking Dawn Part 2, you couldn’t turn your head this year without laying eyes on a gorgeous member of Hollywood’s growing undead population. HollywoodLife.com polled all of you to find out which male and female vampire reigned supreme, and after hundreds of thousands of votes…
Robert Pattinson‘s Edward Cullen nabbed the title of Hottest Male Vampire with 59 percent of the votes, while Nina Dobrev‘s newly turned Elena Gilbert was named Hottest Female Vampire with 40 percent.
Objectively, I really do think both vampires deserve their respective wins. Not only did Edward absolutely wreck his new bride in Breaking Dawn Part 2, but we also got to see »
- Andy Swift
Kristen’s ‘Breaking Dawn’ co-star admits that Kristen is always herself and doesn’t try to impress others in a new interview. Is she referencing K-Stew’s affair with Rupert Sanders? Keep reading to see what else Dakota said about her Bff!
Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart became close friends after co-starring in The Runaways and three Twilight Saga movies together. In a new interview with USA Today, Dakota raves about how Kristen is true to herself and also how down-to-earth she is on a daily basis. But did she accidentally reference Kristen’s heartbreaking summer when she cheated on Robert Pattinson?
“She is 100% herself 100% of the time, which is admirable and difficult to do,” Dakota admitted. “She’s very unapologetic of herself. She does everything to the fullest. She’s really honest.”
Perhaps that explains why after photos surfaced of Kristen kissing a married man, director Rupert Sanders, she issued a public, »
- Dory Larrabee
Los Angeles, Dec 28: Actress Natalie Portman has been voted Hollywood's most profitable star by Forbes magazine.
The "Black Swan" actress, whose dark ballet movie earned $329 million at the box office worldwide after being made for an estimated $13 million, has topped a new list of 'Hollywood's Best Actors For The Buck', compiled by the magazine.
She has been voted Hollywood's best investment for raking in $42.70 at the box office for every dollar she is paid to star in a movie, reports contactmusic.com.
- Diksha Singh
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