Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to ARTHUR NEWMAN, one of most highly anticipated films at this year's Toronto Film Festival.
Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in the touching story written by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Becky Johnston ("Prince of Tides", "Seven Years in Tibet") and directed by Dante Ariola (Cannes Gold Lion winner, two-time DGA Directors nominee), making his feature film directorial debut. ARTHUR NEWMAN follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Firth). He hates his job, his ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins.
The film is planned for a theatrical release in mid-2013, followed by on-demand, premium digital, DVD, and TV releases.
The film was produced by Vertebra Film's Mac Cappuccino and Cross Creek Pictures' Brian Oliver, with Alisa Tager and Becky Johnston. It was executive produced by Andy Cappuccino, Helen Cappuccino, Natalie G. Hill, James Holt, Lisa Bruce, and Eric Greenfeld.
"ARTHUR NEWMAN is perfect for today's audiences... A deeply entertaining film highlighted by touching performances from Colin and Emily that bring real heart and soul to a powerful story of displacement, longing and ultimately, redemption. Moviegoers will leave the theatre moved and uplifted," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions for Cinedigm Entertainment Group
The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Eric Greenfeld, with Vincent Scordino representing Cinedigm Entertainment Group.
Friday Update #2: Fandango reports that Skyfall accounts for 65% of Friday's sales as of Noon PT. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part represents 17%, while The Hobbit boasts 15%.
Friday Update #1: Fandango reports that Skyfall led online sales on Thursday with 61%. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 accounted for 21%, and The Hobbit ended up at 7%.
On MovieTickets.com, Skyfall led on Thursday with 59% (41.74% for standard screens and 17.05% from moviegoers buying tickets for Skyfall: The IMAX Experience). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 tallied over 23%, followed by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with just under 5%.
Hobbit fans should not panic. It's understandable that Peter Jackson's latest effort is being overshadowed by Skyfall and Breaking Dawn - Part 2 for the simple reason that those films hit theaters first. The Hobbit will surely dominate sales closer to its release date.
Boxoffice.com is currently predicting $85 million for Skyfall this weekend. We're predicting a $148 million opening for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 next weekend, and a $137 million opening for The Hobbit.
Wednesday (12/5) Update: Sony Pictures announced that through Tuesday, Skyfall has amassed $151,795,059 (£94.3 million) at the United Kingdom box office. That officially makes it the country's highest grossing film of all-time, surpassing Avatar (£94 million).
Thursday (11/8) Update: Skyfall has raked in a whopping £57.05 million ($91.9 million) through Tuesday in the UK. That puts it ahead of The Dark Knight Rises ($88.2 million) and The Avengers ($83.4 million). The total is also higher than Casino Royal's £55.6 million ($88 million) haul.
Sunday (11/4) Update: Sony reports that Skyfall's international total is now $287 million after taking in $156 million this weekend.
Sony Pictures Releasing International passes its all time biggest year and is at $2.16 billion thru today. SPRI's previous best year ever was 2009 with $2.14 billion.
Stats from Sony:
GERMANY opened with a huge $23.9 million, which was the biggest opening of 2012, 77% bigger than the openining of Quantum of Solace and 88% bigger than Casino Royale.
ITALY launched with $7.9 million, which was the biggest opening of a Hollywood film in 2012 and the 2nd biggest overall. It beat the opening of Quantum by 95% and Casino by 85%.
SPAIN opened to $6.7 million, which is the 2nd biggest opening of the year behind the phenomenal The Impossible. It was 27% bigger than the opening of Quantum and 73% more than Casino.
SWITZERLAND had a record-setting opening of $5.3 million, the biggest opening in history there, breaking Quantum of Solace's old record.
HOLLAND opened with $4.4 million which was by far the biggest opening of the year there, almost 2 ½ times the previous best Dark Knight. The opening of Skyfall was 91% bigger than that of Quantum, 179% more than Casino.
AUSTRIA launched with a gigantic $3.4 million, more than double the previous biggest opening of 2012 (Ted), and the 2nd biggest opening of all time there behind Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King in 2003.
MEXICO bowed with $3.2 million, which was 40% bigger than the opening of Quantum of Solace and 151% bigger than Casino Royale.
In Asia, INDIA launched with a big $5.1 million, the 2nd biggest opening of the year there behind only The Amazing Spider-Man, beating the openings of the the #3 film Avengers by 20% and the #4 film Dark Knight by 41%. This opening was 60% bigger than Quantum's, 82% more than Casino's.
INDONESIA opened on a rare Thursday and grossed $2.5 million, outgrossing the normal Wednesday openings of Quantum by 93% and Casino by almost 4 times. It was the #3 opening of the year there behind The Amazing Spider-Man and Avengers.
MALAYSIA also bowed with $2.5 million and like Indonesia was the 3rd biggest opening of the year behind the same films. This was 45% bigger than Quantum's opening frame, 160% more than Casino's.
TAIWAN also launched with $2.5 million, here the 2nd biggest opening of the year behind Avengers, 69% bigger than Quantum and more than 5 times the opening of Casino. SINGAPORE opened to $2.3, the 4th best opening of 2012 behind Avengers, Spider-Man, and Dark Knight. This opening beat those of Quantum by 77% and Casino by 117%.
The PHILIPPINES launched with $1.9 million, 44% bigger than the opening of Quantum, 3 times the opening of Casino. HONG KONG also opened to $1.9 with an 80% market share, besting the opening of Quantum by 59%, Casino by 3 times.
THAILAND launched with $1.8 million and an 83% market share, 13% bigger than the opening of Quantum, 34% bigger than Casino.
20+ smaller markets all opened well, bigger than any of the previous James Bond films.
Holdovers were nothing less than stunning. The UK fell off just 21% from its opening weekend to gross $25.7 million and bring the 10-day market cume to jaw-dropping $85.8 million.
FRANCE added $14.3 million in its 2nd frame to bring the market cume to $30.0, already passing the lifetime of Casino Royale and a day from passing Quantum Of Solace. The Fri-Sat-Sunday portion of the weekend fell off just 20% from last weekend's opening.
RUSSIA was off a good 47% from its opening, adding $5.2 million to bring the market cume to $16.1.
BRAZIL fell just 5% from its opening frame ($3.4 million/$7.8 million cume)
KOREA was down 49% ($3.0 million/$11.4 million)
SWEDEN fell off just 2% from its opening frame ($2.8 million/$8.1 million cume)
DENMARK fell 15% ($2.7 million/$7.5 million)
BELGIUM was up 6% for Fri-Sun ($2.6 million/$4.9 million)
POLAND fell just 24% from its opening ($1.9 million/$5.7 million)
NORWAY was off 48% ($1.5 million/$6.5 million)
FINLAND fell 12% ($1.3 million/$4.1 million).
Imax issued an estimated weekend gross of $4.3 mil in 132 locations over 36 territories, or $33+k a screen.
Friday (11/2) Update: Skyfall has grossed $59.9 million during its first seven days in the U.K. and Ireland. That impressive tally gives Skyfall the first-week record in the U.K./Ireland. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 previously held the record with $57.6 million in its first seven days.
Thursday (11/1) Update: Skyfall will pass the $100 million mark internationally today. The film doesn't hit North America until IMAX shows begin on November 8.
Tuesday (10/30) Update: Skyfall remained strong at the international box office on Monday. The film has now grossed an estimated $96.6 million internationally through the end of Monday. The United Kingdom is responsible for $39.3 million of that total.
Daily international grosses on Monday for Skyfall included $6.8 million in the United Kingdom, $2.3 million in France and $0.896 million in Russia.
The UK figure represents the best Monday of all-time in the UK, topping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
Monday (10/29) Update: Sony has revised the strong international start for Skyfall upwards. The international start for Skyfall now stands at $80.6 million.
Sunday (10/28) Update: Skyfall is off to a great start. Sony estimates that the latest Bond flick has already taken in $77.7 million internationally.
Key stats from Sony:
Setting the pace was, of course, the UK, which opened to an enormous estimated $32.4 million (£20.1). Smashing the all-time Saturday attendance record yesterday, this is the biggest opening of 2012 and the 2nd biggest Friday-to-Sunday opening weekend in history there, behind just the 3D Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2. This launch was 76% bigger than Daniel Craig's first turn as 007, Casino Royale, and 30% bigger than Quantum Of Solace. Of the $77.7 million on Skyfall, IMAX is estimating a weekend gross of $3.5 mil in 79 locations in 15 territories which include the UK, France, Russia, Korea, Bulgaria, Middle East, Kazakhstan and Brazil.
FRANCE bowed with $9.1, 39% more than Casino Royale's opening Friday to Sunday (beating the entire 5-day opening as well) and just 15% less than Quantum, which opened during a holiday period.
RUSSIA opened to $8.6 million, beating Casino Royale's first weekend by 171% and Quantum's by 58%.
KOREA managed to take an gigantic 49% of the market, grossing $6.1, which was more than triple Casino Royale's opening and 58% more than Quantum's opening Fri-Sun (22% more than Quantum's entire 4-day opening).
BRAZIL launched with a huge $6.5, the biggest Bond bow ever there, beating Casino's opening by 130% and Quantum's by 37%.
BELGIUM earned $1.4 million, up 40% on Casino Royale's first Friday to Sunday by 40% and 17% on Quantum's. MGM's licensees:
NORWAY opened to $2.7 million, capturing well over 65% of the entire market and besting the opening of Casino by 52% and Quantum by 15%.
SWEDEN launched with a huge $2.6 million, the biggest opening of 2012, 27% bigger than the opening of Casino, and just 4% less than Quantum, which opened during a national holiday.
DENMARK also opened to $2.6 million, the biggest non-3D opening ever there, beating Casino by 23% and Quantum by 30%.
POLAND bowed with $2.5 million, more than tripling the opening weekend of Casino and besting Quantum by 67%.
FINLAND earned a huge $1.5 million, the biggest opening in history there excluding previews, beating Casino Royale's bow by 82% and Quantum's by 23%.
Other openings include the CZECH REPUBLIC ($835K), ISRAEL ($825K), PORTUGAL ($630K), HUNGARY ($425K), ROMANIA ($325K), SLOVAKIA ($310K), BULGARIA ($175K), and ICELAND ($155K).