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New Trailer: 'Django Unchained' on November 29, 2012

UPDATED: 'Rise of the Guardians' Reaches $90 Million Overseas, Takes #1 in Key Countries on November 25, 2012

Sunday (12/9) Update: Paramount is reporting a solid 30 percent drop from international holdover territories this weekend for Rise of the Guardians. The film claimed the #1 spot in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Mexico while opening at #1 in Iceland and Israel.

The film took in $26 million from 58 markets, increasing the international tally to $90.5 million. Guardians will open in Australia next week.

Key notes from Paramount:

· France strikes over its 2nd weekend landing the top spot at the French box office with a drop of 35% gathering a strong $3M from 665 locations. Local cume is now at $8.4M.
· The UK is also holding strong and is estimated to be #1, dropping just 17% from its opening with a robust $2.6M from 495 cinemas leading the cume to $6.5M.
· The Italian market made $2.5M in its 2nd weekend, dropping just 16% and holding at #1. The cume is now at $5.9M.
· Mexico made a solid $2.2M over its 2nd weekend from 575 cinemas, dropping 33% and held onto the top spot. Estimated cume is now at $6.5M.
· Rise of the Guardian's 2nd weekend in Brazil made an estimated $2.1M from 400 locations (dropping 17%). The cume is at $6.3M.
· Korea is estimated to have added another $1.8M to the cume which has now reached $4.9M. The film dropped 19% from its opening and screened at 553 cinemas.
· Russia's 3rd weekend is estimated to have made $1.7M from 700 cinemas. The cume is now at $13.2M.
· Spain impressed with a jump of 13% to $1.7M over its 2nd weekend from 540 locations, pushing the cume to $4M.
· Germany is estimated to have dropped 32% in its 2nd weekend with $950k pushing the cume to $2.9M (552 locations).

Sunday (12/2) Update: Paramount reports that Rise of the Guardians pulled an estimated $40 million from 8,708 locations in 55 countries overseas this weekend. 20 of this weekend's openings were at #1, and the cume now stands at $57 million internationally. The film will open in Israel, Iceland and South Africa next weekend.

Key notes from Paramount:

· France was the highest new entry, with a very good $4.7M from 620 locations taking the 1st place in the local Box Office. This is on a par with How To Train Your Dragon and 120% above Megamind.
· Mexico's opening is estimated at an excellent $3.7M from 577 cinemas. Estimated ranking is at #1. This is 39% above How To Train Your Dragon and 51% above Megamind.
· Rise of the Guardian's debut in Brazil made an estimated very solid $3.1M from 397 locations. This is 22% above How To Train Your Dragon and 42% above Megamind.
· The Italian opening is estimated at an excellent $3.1M from 510 cinemas. This is 119% above How To Train Your Dragon and 193% above Megamind.
· The UK's opening added a strong $3M from 487 locations.
· In Korea the film is estimated at $2.7M from 471 cinemas.
· Germany is estimated to have opened at $1.6M from 560 locations.
· In Spain, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $1.4M from 616 locations.
· The Philippines opened at $841k from 113 locations at #1.
· In Belgium, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $673k from 50 locations.
· Chile is estimated to have opened at an excellent $425k from 48 cinemas to make it the biggest non-franchise DWA animation opening of all time. The estimated ranking is at #1.

Sunday (11/25) Update: Rise of the Guardians added another $10 million 3,869 overseas locations for an international cume of $13.5 million after two weekends. Next week, the animated flick rolls out to 50 more territories.

Key stats from Paramount:

• Russia was the highest new entry, with a solid $5.85 million from 800 locations taking the first place in the local box office. This is 11% above Wreck-It Ralph and 4% above Brave.
• Rise of the Guardian's debut in Colombia made a strong $937k from 115 locations. This is 100% above How To Train Your Dragon, and 58% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• Argentina's opening added $668k from 110 locations. This is 101% above How To Train Your Dragon, and 43% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• Singapore's opening is estimated at $593k from 50 cinemas.
• Malaysia is estimated to have opened at $574k from 94 locations. This is 30% above Hotel Transylvania, and 37% above Monsters Vs Aliens.
• In the Ukraine, Rise of the Guardians is estimated to have opened at $552k from 110 locations.

Lionsgate Hits $2 Billion Worldwide In 2012 on November 25, 2012

The success of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has helped push Lionsgate past the $2 billion worldwide mark for the first time in its history. Lionsgate's domestic total for 2012 is currently $1.18 billion, and the international total is $1.005 billion. 

UPDATED: 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Leads During Record-Setting 5-Day Frame on November 23, 2012

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Sunday Morning Update: This year's holiday frame will indeed set a new 5-day Thanksgiving weekend record, as the top 12 films alone are being estimated to gross nearly $282 million from Wednesday through Sunday.  Official 3-day and 5-day studio estimates are as follows:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: $43.1 million (3-day) / $64 million (5-day)

Skyfall: $36 million (3-day) / $51.1 million (5-day)

Lincoln: $25 million (3-day) / $34.1 million (5-day)

Rise of the Guardians: $24 million (3-day) / $32.6 million (5-day)

Life of Pi: $22 million (3-day) / $30.2 million (5-day)

Wreck-It Ralph: $16.8 million (3-day) / $23 million (5-day)

Red Dawn: $14.6 million (3-day) / $22 million (5-day)

Flight: $8.6 million (3-day) / $11.4 million (5-day)

Silver Linings Playbook: $4.6 million (3-day) / $5.9 million (5-day)

Argo: $3.9 million (3-day) / $5.1 million (5-day)

Saturday Morning Update: With Black Friday increases being even stronger than normal this year, the top 10 films alone are currently on pace to score a record breaking five-day Thanksgiving frame gross of $277 million.  Boxoffice.com's 3-Day (Fri-Sun) and 5-Day (Wed-Sun) projections have been updated to take into account Friday's grosses.

Friday Morning Update: Boxoffice.com's 3-Day (Fri-Sun) and 5-Day (Wed-Sun) projections have been updated to take into account Thursday's grosses.

Thursday Update: The North American box office is headed for what is likely to be the strongest non-adjusted 5-day Thanksgiving holiday ever. The current record holder is 2009 with around $270 million. The top 10 films alone could total $273 million over five days this year, so it's safe to say that the record is going down. The boom is thanks to a combination of strong holdovers and newcomers that are over-performing.

Here are Boxoffice.com's 3-Day (Fri-Sun) and 5-Day (Wed-Sun) projections. These numbers will be updated as more info comes in.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: $42.5 million (3-day) / $63.4 million (5-day) / $226.3 million (total)

Skyfall: $35 million (3-day) / $50.1 million (5-day) / $220.7 million (total)

Lincoln: $25 million (3-day) / $34.1 million (5-day) / $62.2 million (total)

Rise of the Guardians: $24 million (3-day) / $32.6 million (5-day) / $32.6 million (total)

Life of Pi: $22 million (3-day) / $30.2 million (5-day) / $30.2 million (total)

Wreck-It Ralph: $16.5 million (3-day) / $22.8 million (5-day) / $149.3 million (total)

Red Dawn: $14.6 million (3-day) / $22 million (5-day) / $22 million (total)

Flight: $8.2 million (3-day) / $11 million (5-day) / $74.5 million (total)

Silver Linings Playbook: $4.3 million (3-day) / $5.6 million (5-day) / $6.1 million (total)

Argo: $4 million (3-day) / $5.2 million (5-day) / $98.2 million (total)

'The Hobbit' Premieres on Christie Projectors on November 21, 2012

WELLINGTON -- The technology on display at the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), and New Line Cinema, represents years of effort and a bold step forward in the ultimate cinema experience. To do justice to Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson's vision, Christie® has been chosen to supply the digital cinema/HFR projection technology for the world premiere, to be held at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, on November 28, 2012.

Two top-of-the-line Christie Solaria® CP2230 series digital projectors will flood the screen for the highly anticipated film premiere with more than 12 foot lamberts (ft-L) brightness, revealing astonishing detail in the scenery, costumes and expressions of the characters. The current standard for 3D light levels on screens is 3 to 4.5 ft-L, while 2D light levels are standardized at 14 ft-L. The Christie® Duo integration kit combines the intensity of the dual CP2230 projectors.

"With Christie's support, our Wellington Premiere will present ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' at its full technical potential - in vibrant, bright High Frame Rate
3-D. I thank Christie for helping us push the boundaries and give audiences a glimpse into the exciting future of cinema presentation," director Peter Jackson said.

Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., was equally enthusiastic. "Endorsements from industry leaders like Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM and New Line Cinema compliment Christie's leadership position in the visual technology world, which we've achieved by consistently delivering what exhibitors and audiences want."

Christie's digital projectors, installed by its Xebex cinema partner, will also play a leading role in the Tokyo premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," taking place at the Toho Cinemas in Roppongi Hills on December 1st, with Mr. Jackson in attendance.

Christie, Park Road See Fruits of Joint Research
Christie signed a technology co-operation agreement with Park Road Post Production Ltd. ("Park Road") and Weta Digital Ltd. ("Weta") in April 2012 to work together to advance the state of the art of digital cinema production and projection, with an emphasis on high frame rate (HFR) delivery.

As part of that agreement, Park Road and Weta upgraded their facilities with Christie projectors and provided Christie with review, testing and feedback on new hardware and software developments related to high-bandwidth interfaces and HFR technology, as well as sample movie content (consistent with the content owner's permission) for Christie to use in testing its projectors and integrated media block (IMB) units.

"The success of our joint research and knowledge exchange has led to the creation of the most reliable high frame rate IMB/projection solution available and this will be evident to all at ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' premiere and beyond," said Cameron Harland, General Manager, Park Road, "and using the world's first totally integrated and commercially available dual-projection system, we are anticipating a stunning rendition of the film."

 


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