Universal's Ted is on fire internationally. The raunchy comedy is on pace for $32 million from 2,380 locations in 20 territories, pushing its total overseas to $77 million. Ted's worldwide total is now $280.4 million.
Key stats from Universal:
o The film had opened in 10 new territories this week and had number one openings in the U.K. and Ireland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine. Ted also opened in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia and the early numbers are fantastic.
o The U.K. grossed $14.3 million at 508 dates (our widest opening ever). Ted's opening in the U.K. is Universal's 3rd biggest ever behind Bridget Jones 2 and King Kong.
o Germany's No. 1 opening grossed $7.4 million at 449 dates, which is the best opening for Universal in 2012.
o Russia opened No. 1 and set the record as the biggest opening of a Hollywood comedy with an estimated $5.5 million at 630 dates.
o Austria opened with an outstanding $1.5 million at 76 dates.
o Ted still has 38 territories to open over the next few months. Next weekend we release the film in Bulgaria, Finland, Israel, Norway and Spain.
New York, NY -- YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: YOD) PRC subsidiary, a leading Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) platform in China, announced today that it has signed an agreement to offer Paramount Pictures titles through YOU On Demand's Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD) and Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) services in the People's Republic of China.
The titles that will be available to YOU On Demand customers rank among the most renowned and successful films in Paramount's 100-year history. These titles include worldwide box office hits such as the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise, including the latest in the series, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," Michael Bay's "Transformers," the Coen Brothers' Oscar® winning "No Country For Old Men," and director/producer J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek."
"Paramount Pictures is one of Hollywood's most iconic studios and we are delighted to offer films from its rich library to our customers," said Shane McMahon, CEO and Chairman of YOU On Demand. "The addition of Paramount's roster now gives YOU On Demand the most vibrant and compelling titles available in the People's Republic of China," he concluded.
Paramount now joins Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Media Distribution, Lionsgate, Miramax Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Gravitas Ventures, Film Buff, K2 Communications, 3net and Big Mama Digital Entertainment (Karaoke) as content providers working with YOU On Demand in its efforts to bring the best in home entertainment to audiences in China.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces the Regal Straw Vote. This election is a friendly competition where moviegoers make their vote count by choosing a flavor of frozen drink. Regal is donating 50 cents for every medium and large frozen drink sold during August. Sales of cherry drinks support St. Jude Children's Hospital while all other flavors benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Regal has a long history of investing in American charities and through the Regal Straw Vote moviegoers are also showing their support.
"Throughout August Regal Entertainment Group theatres are a popular place to take a break from the summer sun. And when you buy a big frozen drink, your trip to the movies is even sweeter knowing that you've helped a great charity at the same time," stated Russ Nunley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "With this fun and innovative Straw Vote, Regal and our employees are filled with American pride while making a campaign promise to help kids all across the USA through these charities."
Boys and Girls Clubs of America and St. Jude Children's Hospital are mobilizing their friends, fans and followers to show support by choosing the appropriate flavor of frozen drink at Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres during August. Through this cause marketing campaign Regal will donate up to $600,000 in total contributions. To find election results and to cheer for a favorite charity, go to Regal's Facebook page where weekly updates and vote totals will be posted. To watch the Regal Straw Vote public service announcement seen in theatres visit: youtu.be/zQehx0X6QiE