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New Family Films Facing Uphill Battle

Analysts figure that there's just so much American families can spend on tickets for animated movies -- not to mention popcorn and sodas -- during the summer and that most have already reached that limit....

Top Ten Films Weekend Of July 12-14

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Despicable Me 2, Universal, $43,892,895, 2 Wks. ($228,376,775); 2. Grown...

Pga To Vet All Producers Credits

From now on, audiences who read the rolling credits of a movie will know that the name (or names) after the words produced by refers to the actual producer of the film -- and not...

Top Ten Films Weekend Of 7/5-7/7

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Despicable Me 2, Universal, $83,517,315, 1 Wks. (New - From...

Despicable Me 2 Hits; Lone Ranger Flops

Despicable Me 2 is living up to expectations. So is The Lone Ranger -- but not in a good way. Universal's animated sequel opened with a gigantic $34.3 million on Wednesday -- including $4.7 million...

Sony Giving Vets And Servicemen Free White House Down Tickets

Apparently reacting to accusations by some conservative pundits that White House Down amounts to an attack by liberal Hollywood filmmakers on U.S. servicemen, Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that it will allow all active personnel and...

The Heat -- Hotter Than Expected

Many moviegoers looking to escape the heat of summer found it in The Heat at their multiplexes. The Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy, which analysts thought would battle the Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx thriller-comedy White House Down...

Monsters U Likely To Return At Head Of The Class

School may be out for summer vacation in most parts of the country, but kids will be heading back to university this weekend -- Monsters University, that is. With a second-week gross of around $45-50...

Top Ten Films At Box Office Weekend Of June 21-23

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Monsters University, Disney, $82,429,469, (New); 2. World War Z, Paramount,...

Disney, Sony Testing Premium Video-on-demand Service In S. Korea

Stymied by theater owners in their effort to launch a premium video-on-demand service that would make some movies available for online rental while they are still showing in theaters, Disney and Sony have begun testing...

Man Of Steel Sets June Box Office Record

The Man of Iron was still stronger than the Man of Steel, but the recast Superman nevertheless managed to set a new box office record for June with a record take of $116.6 million over...

Investor Pressures Sony To Spin Off Entertainment Biz

Activist investor Daniel Loeb has upped his stake in Sony Corp. and at the same time has intensified his pressure on the company to spin off its film, TV, and music businesses and sell off...

Top Ten Films For Weekend Of June 14-16

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Man of Steel, Warner Bros., $116,619,362, 1 Wks. ($128,681,486); 2....

Movie Reviews: This Is The End

With nothing short of kryptonite likely to prevent Man of Steel from overpowering every rival in sight at the box office over the weekend, Sony is opening the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End today...

Box Office: Top Ten Films Weekend Of 6/7-6/9

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Purge, Universal, $34,058,360, (New); 2. Fast & Furious 6,...

What The Hell Has Happened To M. Night Shyamalan?

How many chances is M. Night Shyamalan going to get to direct a big-budget movie without making it toe-curlingly horrible? The Indian-American filmmaker proved he had the talent to put together an entertaining narrative with...

Top Ten Films Weekend Of 5/31-6/2 2013

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Fast & Furious 6, Universal, $35,164,440, 2 Wks. ($171,003,965); 2....

Analysts Gauge After-effects Of After Earth Bomb

Casting a harsh light on Hollywood's current strategy of focusing on films costing $100 million or more, After Earth, which reportedly cost $130 million to produce, opened in third place at the box office over...

Is The Fresh Prince's Reign Over?

Several writers were suggesting on Tuesday, following the dismal opening of Sony's After Earth, that Will Smith, whose name on the marquee was once regarded as a guarantee of a movie's profitability, had sustained a...

Box Office Preview: Woefully Reviewed 'After Earth' Will Struggle For No.1

The Will and Jaden Smith starring After Earth - which may well be M. Night Shymalan's worst ever movie - should pull in between $35-40 million at the box-office this weekend, though it won't be...

Sony Agrees To Consider Spinning Off Entertainment Properties

Sony has agreed to consider a plan proposed by investor Dan Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund to spin off part of its entertainment division. While initially appearing to dismiss Loeb's proposal, Sony chief...

An L.a. Mayor For Hollywood?

Eric Garcetti, a Los Angeles city councilman who represents the Hollywood area and has been an ardent advocate of studio interests during his 12 years on the council, has been elected mayor, defeating city controller...

Angry Birds Movie Set For 2016, 'Despicable Me' Producer On-board

Angry Birds Rio!The Angry Birds movie has finally gotten the go-ahead from Sony for a July 2016 release, with the company announcing on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) that is has acquired the worldwide rights to...

Solange Knowles Launching New Label

R&B star Solange Knowles has launched her own record label.Beyonce's younger sister will return to her roots at Sony Music Entertainment after landing a distribution deal for her own imprint, Saint Records. Breaking the...

Investor Urges Sony To Spin Off Entertainment Biz

Hedge-fund manager Daniel S. Loeb, whose Third Point fund holds 6.5 percent of Sony worth about $1.1 billion, is calling for the Japanese company to spin off most of its entertainment operations including Sony Entertainment,...

Sony Returns To The Black After Five Years

Sony Corp has posted its first full-year profit in five years, attributing much of its turn-around to the box office successes of its film and home-video divisions. The company reported full-year income of $458 million...

Fox Refusing China's Payment For Pi

Marking the latest dispute between Beijing and Hollywood, 20th Century Fox is refusing to accept about $23 million that China claims is its share of the box-office receipts for Life of Pi, the Wall Street...

Final Box-office Figures For April 19-21

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. Oblivion, Universal, $37,054,485, (New); 2. 42, Warner Bros., $17,721,410, 2...

Final Box Office Figures April 12-14

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. 42, Warner Bros., $27,487,144, (New); 2. Scary Movie 5, Weinstein...

Croods' "Success Drives Dwa Stock Way Up

Shares of DreamWorks Animation rose 5.2 percent to $19.33 on Monday as reports indicated that overseas ticket sales for The Croods were holding up better than expected. (In the U.K., it held on to first...

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