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GLOBAL UPDATE: 'Oblivion' Grabs $13.1 Million on Friday on April 12, 2013

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Saturday Update: Universal reports that Oblivion grossed an estimated $13.1 million from 52 territories on Friday, giving the film a $23.1 million overseas total thus far. They project a weekend take of $60.5 million.

Key territories include Russia's $1.5 million (biggest opening day of the year for a non-3D release) and $1.6 million from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Oblivion also opened in first place in all of its Latin American markets.

Below are Universal's comparisons to recent blockbusters in the same territories:

+ 22% ahead of TRON: Legacy ($228M Lifetime)
+ 70% ahead of Jack Reacher ($150M Lifetime)
- 7% below OZ ($250M Lifetime)
- 7% below Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($305M Lifetime)
On par with Snow White and the Huntsman ($241M Lifetime)

Previously: Tom Cruise is one of the few global stars that can bring attention to any project. His track record at the global box office remains unblemished as long as he receives top billing; his only underwhelming films have been ensemble pieces: Rock of Ages, Lions for Lambsand Magnolia. Cruise's previous outing, Jack Reacher, stalled in the North American box office but was salvaged with a robust $137.5 million overseas total. Cruise is so marketable to audiences around the world that most of his recent titles regularly cross the $100 million mark abroad. Older titles from the 80's and the 90's, released in a smaller economy for the overseas market, still managed to regularly gross above $70 million. 

Universal is betting on Tom Cruise's streak to continue, opening Oblivion in 51 territories a week ahead of its North American premiere. Cruise and science-fiction movies have gone well together in the past.  Minority Report and War of the Worlds, both directed by Steven Spielberg, grossed $226.3 and $357.4 million respectively. Director Joseph Kosinski has experience in the genre; his previous film, Tron: Legacy, went on to gross $398.5 million overseas. 
                                                                                                                                 
Oblivion will face little competition this weekend. Scary Movie 5 is lined-up as a movie-going alternative in 9 territories, including the U.K. and Australia. The spoof has its sights set on overcoming strong overseas grosses in previous outings: $110.6 million for Scary Movie 3 and $87.5 million for Scary Movie 4. 
                                                                                                                             
Other hold-overs to keep an eye on include G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods, which have dominated the March box office around the world. Evil Dead had a stronger per-screen average than its modest numbers suggested last weekend, and the next couple of days will be important to see how much momentum it can gain in the coming weeks. 

 

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Fox Poised To Hit $1 Billion Overseas on April 12, 2013

20th Century Fox will hit $1 billion overseas on April 12. They are the first distributor to hit that mark in 2013. The official notes:

This marks the 4th time in the past 5 years when Fox International has been first to cross the $1 Billion GBO mark (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), with the sole exception being 2012, when Fox International came from behind to win the calendar year in the final weeks of December. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment, as it shows the consistency by which Fox delivers box office results with varying release slates year after year.

This is the 10th year in a row that Fox International has surpassed the $1B GBO mark in a calendar year and 13th time in our storied history.

2013 is the 2nd fastest year in which Fox International reached the $1B GBO mark, the fastest being in 2010, when we reached $1B on Jan. 30 thanks to AVATAR and ALVIN 2. 2013 edged out our prior fastest year, which was 1998, when Fox International reached $1B on April 13, thanks to TITANIC.

The films that helped us reach this milestone include:

LIFE OF PI: $260m earned in 2013 ($485m lifetime)
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD: $235m
THE CROODS: $225m
LINCOLN: $82.5m
FOX INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION titles: $110m
The balance of GBO came from numerous Fox and Fox Searchlight titles.

MOVIETICKETS.COM TO PROVIDE ITS TICKETING SOLUTIONS TO DALLAS’ STATE-OF-THE-ART LOOK CINEMAS on April 11, 2013

Boca Raton, FL -- MovieTickets.com has signed on to provide advance ticketing to LOOK Cinemas, a new, state-of-the-art, 11-screen, 1,900-seat stadium theater complex in Dallas, which opened on March 29th. The theater is part of a new upscale entertainment complex and the first project from LOOK Cinemas LLC, a company founded by notable theater industry veteran Tom Stephenson and Dallas-based entrepreneur Brian Mason. Stephenson and Mason have also partnered with well-known restaurant entrepreneur Joseph Palladino for this inaugural project.

Online and mobile ticketing with LOOK will commence in time for the 2013 summer blockbuster season, kicking off with the May 3rd release of Marvel's Iron Man 3. Tickets for Marvel's Super Hero summer blockbuster are available on MovieTickets.com now.

Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com, stated, "We're fortunate to be working with Tom Stephenson. He's a true innovator in the exhibition industry and very successful in his past ventures. We're pleased to expand our already significant presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth market and be a part of LOOK Cinemas, an incredible new theater with tremendous growth opportunities."

"I have had a long and productive relationship with the team at MovieTickets.com. They have a wide range of exhibitor partners, and are very focused in terms of service and support," said LOOK Cinemas' CEO Tom Stephenson. "LOOK Cinemas hopes to do a substantial amount of our ticketing online, especially on mobile devices, and are excited about our partnership with MovieTickets.com."

The new theater is the centerpiece of a complex that also features a Nick & Sam's Grill restaurant and a Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar. LOOK patrons have the option to dine in the Nick & Sam's Grill facility or in one of the three dine-in screening rooms. Moviegoers can relax in LOOK's oversized power-reclining chairs while enjoying fine dining and entertainment. LOOK also boasts the revolutionary movie-viewing experience Evolution, which features enormous silver screens and Dolby Atmos cinema sound.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Marvel's Iron Man 3, MovieTickets.com's Facebook page will be featuring a Sweepstakes through which one lucky winner will receive a private screening of the film as well as extra movie passes for the year along with other prizes. To enter visit: http://www.facebook.com/MovieTicketscom.

 

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