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Fandango Reveals Its 2013 Hot List of the Most Anticipated Movies and Actors on January 03, 2013

Los Angeles, CA -- Fresh off the heels of Fandango's best-performing year in 2012, the leading moviegoer destination surveyed more than 2,000 film fans last weekend, asking them about the films and stars they are most anticipating in the new year. Fandango's Chief Correspondent Dave Karger also weighs in with his expert opinions on Fandango's Hot List categories for 2013, which include "Most Anticipated Blockbuster," "Biggest Male Breakout Star," and "Biggest Female Breakout Star." Fans also gave their opinions on the "Sexiest Men and Women in the Movies." All of the results of Fandango's 2013 Hot List are available at Fandango.

"From the elegance of ‘The Great Gatsby' to the amped up action of ‘Iron Man 3,' 2013 will be loaded with blockbuster originals, sequels and reboots, giving moviegoers of all tastes a bounty of options at the box office this year," said Karger.

Karger and fans found common ground agreeing that Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") will be the "Biggest Breakout Male Movie Star" of 2013. They diverged, however, on other categories such as "Most Anticipated Blockbuster," with fans picking "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Karger favoring the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie thriller "World War Z."

FANDANGO FAN PICKS

MOST ANTICIPATED BLOCKBUSTER
1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
2. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
3. "Iron Man 3"
4. "Star Trek Into Darkness"
5. "The Great Gatsby"

BIGGEST MALE BREAKOUT MOVIE STAR
1. Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel")
2. Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")
3. Armie Hammer ("The Lone Ranger")
4. Jai Courtney ("A Good Day to Die Hard")
5. Nicholas Hoult ("Jack the Giant Slayer;" "Warm Bodies")

BIGGEST FEMALE BREAKOUT MOVIE STAR
1. Alice Eve ("Star Trek Into Darkness")
2. Chloë Grace Moretz ("Carrie")
3. Alice Englert ("Beautiful Creatures")
4. Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor")
5. Gabriella Wilde ("Carrie")

SEXIEST WOMAN IN THE MOVIES
1. Mila Kunis ("Oz: The Great and Powerful")
2. Jessica Alba ("Sin City: A Dame to Kill For")
3. Halle Berry ("Movie 43")
4. Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek Into Darkness")
5. Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire")

SEXIEST MAN IN THE MOVIE
1. Channing Tatum ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation;" "White House Down")
2. Hugh Jackman ("The Wolverine")
3. Ryan Gosling ("Gangster Squad")
4. Johnny Depp ("The Lone Ranger")
5. Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man 3")

MOST ANTICIPATED VILLAIN
1. Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3")
2. Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into Darkness")
3. Michael Shannon ("Man of Steel")
4. Will Yun Lee ("The Wolverine")
5. Christopher Eccleston ("Thor: The Dark World")

MOST ANTICIPATED APOCALYPTIC MOVIE
1. "World War Z"
2. "After Earth"
3. "Pacific Rim"
4. "This Is the End"
5. "Oblivion"

DAVE KARGER'S PICKS

MOST ANTICIPATED BLOCKBUSTER
1. "World War Z"
2. "The Great Gatsby"
3. "Man of Steel "
4. "Star Trek Into Darkness"
5. "Iron Man 3"

BIGGEST FEMALE BREAKOUT MOVIE STAR
1. Teresa Palmer ("Warm Bodies")
2. Alice Eve ("Star Trek Into Darkness")
3. Chloë Grace Moretz ("Carrie")
4. Mireille Enos ("World War Z")
5. Alice Englert ("Beautiful Creatures")

BIGGEST MALE BREAKOUT MOVIE STAR
1. Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel")
2. Armie Hammer ("The Lone Ranger")
3. Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into Darkness")
4. Jai Courtney ("A Good Day to Die Hard")
5. Charlie Hunnam ("Pacific Rim")

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Sony Claims Top Distributor Crown In 2012 on January 02, 2013

Sony Pictures Entertainment ended 2012 with $4.440 billion in global box office, their biggest total ever. The studio ended the year #1 in domestic and worldwide marketshare industry wide.

Sony hit all time highs with $1.768 billion in domestic ticket sales and $2.672 billion internationally. Fox finished first internationally in 2012, but an official figure has not been released yet.

The strong performance of Skyfall at the end of the year gave Sony the final boost it needed. The latest James Bond flick recently passed the $1 billion global mark.

 

FANDANGO SMASHES RECORDS WITH ITS BEST YEAR IN COMPANY HISTORY on January 02, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination and a unit of NBCUniversal, announced today that 2012 was the company's best-performing year in its 12-year history, with record highs in ticket sales, web and mobile traffic, and app downloads. The records include a 57% surge in annual ticket sales, 34% percent annual growth in monthly visitors to its online and mobile destinations, and 31 million downloads of its award-winning mobile apps. During peak months, Fandango saw 41 million monthly unique online and mobile visitors.*

Another notable first for Fandango in 2012 was the launch of its original digital video series, "The Frontrunners." Hosted by the nation's leading movie award expert and Fandango's new chief correspondent, Dave Karger, the series features one-of-a-kind video interviews with awards contenders such as Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman and Amy Adams. "The Frontrunners" premiered in December and debuts new episodes weekly through the end of movie awards season in February.

"Our 2012 successes have further established Fandango as the go-to resource for the total moviegoing experience - from discovery, decision-making and ticketing, to going to the theater and sharing with friends after the credits roll," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "In 2013, we'll continue our momentum and deliver advertising partners, exhibitors, and moviegoers even more products, services, and platforms that super-serve their needs."

Helping fuel Fandango's growth in 2012 was the company's expanded exhibitor and online portal reach. The company increased its theater network with deals that included AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres, and Southern Theatres. Fandango also signed partnership deals with Yahoo Movies, AOL Moviefone and MSN Movies, becoming the movie ticketing provider for all three of the Internet's top information portals.

Fandango's mobile business proved to be tremendously successful in 2012, as the company's mobile tickets sales increased 171% year-over-year, and accounted for more than 30% of its overall ticket sales. Fandango continued to roll out paperless mobile ticketing to thousands of new theater screens, allowing users to get their movie tickets sent to their phones as scannable mobile barcodes. As part of Apple's Passbook app launch, Fandango's mobile app downloads experienced a 50% increase over the last year. Fandango was consistently among the top-10 free entertainment apps on both the Apple iOS and Google Android platforms in 2012.

In 2013, Fandango plans to launch two more original series hosted by Karger, and is slated to bring more reserved seating and paperless mobile ticketing options to significant numbers of new screens across the country.

 

UPDATED: 'Django Unchained' Reaches $68.6 Million Domestically on January 01, 2013

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Monday (1/1/13) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained's domestic total is up to $68.6 million. 

Sunday (12/30) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained is poised to grab $30.7 million this weekend. If the estimate holds, Django's total will be $64 million.

Saturday (12/29) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained took another $9.7 million on Friday, pushing its domestic cume to $43 million. 

Friday (12/28) Update: TWC reports that Django Unchained raked in another $8.3 million, pushing its domestic cume to $33.3 million. 

Thursday (12/27) Update: The Weinstein Company reports that Django Unchained grabbed another $10.006 million on Wednesday, bringing the film's two-day domestic gross to $25.018 million.

Previously: The Weinstein Company reports today that Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained took in slightly over $15 million on Tuesday. The figure was strong enough to put the film in second place for the day behind Les Miserables.

The impressive $15 million figure tops Tarantino's previous best opening day (Inglorious Basterds with $14.4 million) while also representing the third best Christmas Day opening of all-time (behind Sherlock Holmes and Les Miserables) and fifth best overall Christmas Day gross (behind Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, Meet the Fockers and Les Miserables, respectively).


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