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Toronto -- The legal bill at Lionsgate for trench warfare with Carl Icahn is putting big dents in the mini-studio's bottom line.
Lionsgate on Monday posted a first quarter loss of $64.1 million to June 30, against a year-earlier profit of $36.3 million.
The reversal was due in part to $7.3 million in "corporate defense costs related to shareholder activist activities."
With Icahn looking to oust the company's top management and board of directors, Vancouver-based Lionsgate recorded $23.3 million in additional stock-based compensation caused by change of control provisions in senior executive contracts.
And Lionsgate piled on $71.2 million in additional theatrical marketing costs during the first quarter to release three wide releases, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too?," "Killers" and "Kick-Ass," against one wide release during the same period of 2010, "Crank 2."
- By Etan Vlessing
Weekend Box Office
1) How to Train Your Dragon - $20 million
2) Kick-Ass - $19.7 million
3) Date Night - $17.3 million
4) Death At A Funeral - $17 million
5) Clash of the Titans - $15.7 million
6) The Last Song -$5.8 million
7) Why Did I Get Married Too? - $4.1 million
8) Hot Tub Time Machine - $3.54 million
9) Alice in Wonderland - $3.5 million
10) The Bounty Hunter - $3.2 million
There were big surprises at the box office this weekend as How to Train Your Dragon fought it's way back to the top spot on the charts after four weeks. The film, which stars Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, debuted at number one four weeks ago and had fallen all the way back to the fourth spot before climbing it's way back to number three last week. The film added 182 theaters for a total of 3,825 and earned an average of $5,229 per theater »
Action remake Clash Of The Titans has conquered the competition at the U.S. box office, debuting at number one with $61.4 million (£38.4 million) in earnings at the weekend (02-04Apr10).
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? was runner-up with $30.2 million (£18.9 million) in ticket sales - marking a triumph for singer/actress Janet Jackson, who went to work on the comedy just a day after her brother, the late Michael Jackson, was laid to rest in June.
Meanwhile, animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon slipped from the top spot to three with $29.2 million (£18.3 million), and now boasts a 10-day total of $92.3 million (£57.7 million).
Miley Cyrus' new drama The Last Song debuted at number four with $16.2 million (£10.1 million), while Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland slipped from two to five with nearly $8.3 million (£5.2 million) in earnings. Burton's whimsical collaboration with Johnny Depp now boasts a five-week total of nearly $309.8 million (£193 million). »
It was a record Easter weekend at the box office thanks to robust performances by Clash of the Titans, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, and the animated How to Train Your Dragon, which held on well its second weekend in theaters. All told, the three films combined helped lead the box office higher than last year's frame, when Fast and Furious opened to $70.9 million. (Last year at this time was not Easter weekend.) Clash of the Titans earned $61.4 million for the three-days, putting its total cume, including Thursday's midnight showings, at an estimated $64 million (per-screen average »
- Nicole Sperling
Yes, the reviews swung between decent to tepid, and straight on down to loathsome and the sloppy, post-production 3D conversion, every seemed to agree, made it worse, but neither of those could stop Clash Of The Titans from storming the box office and pillaging $61.4 million from moviegoers across the ocean.Tyler Perry, a filmmaker whose work goes largely unnoticed over here, scored yet another resounding win with his latest relationship drama, Why Did I Get Married Too? (it’s the awkwardly titled sequel to Why Did I Get Married, in case you were wondering), taking second place with $30.1 million. Not bad for a film that cost $20 million to make. Those two shoved DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon down to third place, where it made $29 million in its second weekend.Fourth went to what must have seemed like a dream combination (Miley Cyrus and Nicholas Sparks), with the tween favourite »
Clash of the Titans raked in an estimated $26.4 million on approximately 6,700 screens at 3,777 sites, but it wasn't the only busy movie on Good Friday: Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? pulled in an estimated $12.3 million on around 2,900 screens at 2,155 sites, while The Last Song collected an estimated $7.1 million on close to 3,300 screens at 2,673 sites.
Compared to 300, the massively-promoted Clash of the Titans's opening day fell short, considering its 3D and Good Friday boost. 300 nabbed $28.1 million on around 4,800 screens at 3,103 sites on its non-holiday first day (or the equivalent of nearly $32 million adjusted for ticket price inflation), and that led to a $70.9 million opening weekend. Clash played at 1,810 3D sites (the 3D share is unavailable at this time and will be reported Sunday), and Good Friday is generally the biggest day of any given Easter weekend (Saturday is normally the busiest of most weekends), suggesting Clash's weekend might not hit $60 million. »
- Brandon Gray
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? is a sequel, but you don't need to have watched 2007's Why Did I Get Married? to understand what's going on. In fact, you barely need to watch this one to understand what's going on. In accordance with his usual style, Perry spells things out very clearly: This character is Good, that one is Eeeee-vil, these events are Happy, these events are Sad. Picture three weeks of daytime soap opera episodes, crammed into two hours.
The premise is that four well-to-do Atlanta couples take a retreat once a year to evaluate their marriages and improve their relationships. Terry (Tyler Perry) and Dianne (Sharon Leal) are blissfully happy, with two little kids at home. Angela (Tasha Smith) and Marcus (Michael Jai White) fight constantly, probably because he's a serial cheater and she's a belligerent lush. Patricia (Janet Jackson), a bestselling self-help author, »
- Eric D. Snider
By Josh Wigler
Photo: Paramount Pictures
The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "How to Train Your Dragon" ($43.3 million)
#2 "Alice in Wonderland" ($17.3 million)
#3 "Hot Tub Time Machine" ($13.7 million)
#4 "The Bounty Hunter" ($12.4 million)
#5 "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" ($10 million)
After three straight weekends at the top of the charts, Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" surrendered the box-office crown to DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon," the new animated family film featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill.
Despite topping "Wonderland" with a winning $43.3 million haul, "How to Train Your Dragon" still performed unimpressively given the 3-D film's $165 million production budget. Comparatively, "Alice in Wonderland" earned $116.1 million in its first weekend in theaters. This past weekend, "Wonderland" added an additional $17.3 million for a domestic total of $293 million. »
Dreamworks 3D animated feature How to Train Your Dragon flew to the top spot at this weekend's North American box office en-route to dethroning Disney's smash hit Alice in Wonderland from the top spot. MGM's R-rated comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine, finished a distant third.
Arriving on a wave of positive reviews (a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes), the heavily-hyped Dragon landed on 4,005 screens for an estimated $43.3 million and a per screen average of $10,678. While the debut is a solid one for this time of the year, it still carries a slight tinge of disappointment with it. In comparison to the debuts of other March cartoons, Dragon opened lower than the likes of last year's Monsters vs. Aliens ($59.3 million), 2002's Ice Age ($46 million) and its 2006 sequel ($68 million).
With such strong reviews . and a huge screen count - working in its advantage, one has to wonder why the weekend gross wound up lower than expected. »
How to Train Your Dragon flew into the box office and torched Alice Wonderland, replacing that mediocre 3D story with its own mediocre 3D story. Showing on over 4,000 screens and with 3D prices having gone through the roof ($13 just for a matinee here in Burbank), Httyd came in with $43.3 million. I know it's number one, but the number isn't as impressive as I thought it would be. A year ago Monsters vs. Aliens made $59 million with lower ticket prices. Will it stay on top two weeks in a row? Who knows.Alice fell to #2 with an estimated $17.3 million. No big deal for Disney. The movie has mopped up at the box office and now stands at $656 million worldwide dollars. A huge hit for the Mouse House. And it'll kill on Blu-Ray/DVD.Hot Tub Time Machine came in third with a disappointing $13.6 million. Why haven't you people gone to see this movie? »
Weekend Box Office
1) How to Train Your Dragon $43.3 million
2) Alice in Wonderland - $17.3 million
3) Hot Tub Time Machine - $13.6 million
4) The Bounty Hunter - $12.4 million
5) Diary of a Wimpy Kid - $10 million
6) She's Out Of My League - $3.5 million
7) The Green Zone - $3.3 million
8) Shutter Island - $3.1 million
9) Repo Men - $3.0 million
10) Our Family Wedding - $2.2 million
Dragons were all the rage this weekend at the box office as DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon took the number one spot in its opening weekend. The film, which is a re-imagining of the "Vikings vs. Dragons" legend and stars the voices of Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig burned the box office up by earning $43.3 million in its opening weekend. The movie opened in 4,055 theaters and made roughly $10,678 per screen however they'll have to keep that up for a few »
Box office Champ! Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
The box office results for the weekend of March 26th-28th, has Dragons taking out Alice from the top spot. Meanwhile, the Hot Tub was not enticing as many thought for moviegoers. Here are the studio estimates (Click on title for review):
1. How to Train Your Dragon ($43.3 million)
2. Alice in Wonderland ($17.2 million)
3. Hot Tub Time Machine ($13.6 million)
4. The Bounty Hunter ($12.4 million)
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid ($9.9 million)
6. She's Out of My League ($3.5 million)
7. Green Zone ($3.3 million)
8. Shutter Island ($3.1 million)
9. Repo Men ($2.9 million)
10. Avatar ($ 2.2 million)
Alice in Wonderland had a strong hold on numero uno at the box office, and is nearing the milestone mark of $300 million. Look for the flick to finish around $320 million during its theatrical run. What blew this out of the top spot was the lauded 3-D animation How to Train Your Dragon. The debut and the nearly perfect rating from critics everywhere, »
For a lot of people, DreamWorks is kind of the also-ran when it comes to computer animation. There's Pixar, and if you can't get in there, you go to DreamWorks. In some ways, it's not fair to either company. Pixar has the dual strains of being both commercially successful and critically noteworthy, while DreamWorks has to labor under the strain of being commercially successful while being, in some ways, lighter in tone than Pixar. DreamWorks could get away with making Cars, but because Pixar made it, it's seen as a way to push toys on kids in a purely commercial venture.
The one trait the two companies share is that they know how to make a whole lot of money. DreamWorks' latest, How To Train Your Dragon, »
After March was dominated by 3D fantasy Alice in Wonderland, the April box office is likely to be more diverse, though it does kick off with another 3-D fantasy, Clash of the Titans. Last April saw a record gross of over $695 million, and, between some enticing new entries and March holdovers, this April aims to be busy as well.
April's highest profile release is the Clash of the Titans remake on Easter weekend, April 2. Originally scheduled for Mar. 26, Clash needed breathing room between it and How to Train Your Dragon after its last minute addition of 3D. Clash has been positioned as the must-see Spring action event, and its historical fantasy approach mirrors that of a past Spring success, 300. While hitting 300-level attendance may be a tall order, Clash has the best chance of any April release to top $200 million. April 2 also sees the debut of sequel Tyler Perry's »
- Ray Subers
Rumor has it, R 'n' B singer Keyshia Cole has been blasted by a judge for appearing to be illiterate. According to TMZ, a New Jersey judge has questioned Keyshia's literacy as she, in her written opinion, found the "Let It Go" singer's testimony was "confused and at times nonsensical."
Offering more details to the story, TMZ reported that when the judge asked Keyshia to read certain documents while testifying, the 28-year-old seemed so reluctant "that it appears at times that she was not literate." The site further noted that the judge realized the singer was literate when she managed to read documents.
Keyshia Cole appeared before the judge on Thursday, March 25 for the lawsuit stemming from her canceled gig in 2006. The mother of one was being sued by an event promoter who insisted the "Why Did I Get Married Too?" actress blew off her appearance after he paid her $15,000 up front. »
In a promotional gimmick to hype his upcoming Why Did I Get Married Too opening April 2nd (you know, the film that Tyler, straining with every fiber of his being, tries again to convincingly portray a straight married guy…), Lionsgate has announced that they are inviting black married couples this Saturday, Black Marriage Day (who knew there was such a thing????), March 27th, to renew their vows at a series of special “Let’s Get Married Again” celebrations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Participating couples are also eligible for a chance to win a 2nd honeymoon in the Bahamas, and even better, a chance to win Tyler Perry DVD Movie Packs!!!!! Hey wouldn’t that be grounds for a divorce?
Hey Tyler I’ve got a better idea to promote the film: How about actually for once letting the media and public see the film at an advance screening? »
Tyler Perry has his next movie, the sequel Why Did I Get Married Too?, coming out next week, but since the man feels the need to make at least two movies in most years, he’s already well into setting up his next one, and with some really big stars, too.
According to Black Voices, Perry used the occasion of the premiere of Why Did I Get Married Too? to announce that one of that movie’s stars, Janet Jackson, and also Mariah Carey have joined the cast of his next movie, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
The large female ensemble movie based on the play by Ntozake Shange is set to begin shooting in NYC in June for a January 2011 release, and also in the cast will be Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray. »
- Keith Demko
See new clips including behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Sharon Leal, Richard T. Jones, Jill Scott, Lamman Rucker, Malik Yoba, Tasha Smith, Roger M. Bobb and producer Reuben Cannon. The Lionsgate release opens on April 2nd and is rated PG-13. Reuniting the same charismatic cast and characters from his hit comedy/drama, Why Did I Get Married, Tyler Perry brings us the next chapter in the lives of eight college friends struggling with the challenges of marital life in Why Did I Get Married Too. Gathered together in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four close couples eagerly reconnect, sharing news about their lives and relationships. But their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila’s ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her new marriage with Troy and win her back. The others soon realize they too »
Nicole "Coco" Austin attending the "Why Did I Get Married Too?" New York City premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theater.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PR Photos. Ice-t and Nicole "Coco" Austin attending the "Why Did I Get Married Too?" New York City premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theater.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PR Photos. Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson attending the "Why Did I Get Married Too?" New York City premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theater.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PR Photos. Jill Scott attending the "Why Did I Get Married Too?" New York City premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theater.Photo copyright by Janet Mayer / PR »
- James Wray
Janet Jackson, Jill Scott and Tyler Perry had to put up with some unwelcome visitors while filming their new movie Why Did I Get Married Too? in the Bahamas - the actors were constantly harassed by huge black moths.
Perry stars in and directs the sequel to 2007's Why Did I Get Married? and took the cast to the tropical location for two weeks of shooting.
But many of the actors were not prepared to deal with the local insects and struggled to escape the invasive moths - although Jackson was not one of them.
The superstar singer/actress admits she grew quite fond of the moths, and even considered them "beautiful".
She says, "There were these huge, huge moths, but I thought they were beautiful. They were massive, like really big. They looked like huge black butterflies but everyone thought they looked like bats and they were hairy. The thing about them, they're not afraid of people, of humans, so they'd land on your head, your shoulders, fly right by you, land on your face..." »
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