WASHINGTON D.C. -- Dwayne Johnson will receive the "CinemaCon Action Star of Year Award," it was announced today by the convention's managing director, Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, will be held April 23 - 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Johnson will be presented with this special honor at the opening night Paramount Pictures presentation on Monday evening, April 23rd, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
"An exciting performer who first gained attention from audiences around the world when he developed the iconic character ‘The Rock,' Dwayne Johnson has taken his charismatic presence to the big screen and has proven over and over again that he can entertain audiences of all ages - whether it be in an action-packed film or in a family comedy," noted Neuhauser. "He thrills audiences around the world with exhilarating performances that leave them on the edge of their seats, and I cannot think of someone more worthy of being named the ‘CinemaCon Action Star of the Year.'"
Johnson will star in this summer's action-packed Paramount Pictures feature "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," which is set to release on June 29, 2012. In this follow-up to the 2009 release of "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra," the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, they are also forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film also stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis.
Johnson's flourishing film career got its start over a decade ago when he transitioned from a successful World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) career to appear in the 2001 blockbuster release "The Mummy Returns," which led to his first starring role in "The Scorpion King" the following year. The films' success led to leading roles in "The Rundown," "Walking Tall," "Gridiron Gang," "The Tooth Fairy," "Faster," "Fast Five" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." In addition, he gave a standout performance in the ensemble hit "Be Cool," and lent his voice to the animated film "Planet 51." Recently, he wrapped production on "Snitch," which is set to release next year. Films on his production slate for 2012 include Michael Bay's "Pain and Gain," "The Fast and the Furious 6" and Brett Ratner's "Hercules."
Wrath of the Titans: $78 million in 60 markets. International cume = $78 million.
The Hunger Games: $34.8 million. International cume = $113.9 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $14.5 million from 4,100 locations in 43 territories. International cume = $37.7 million.
Pirates! Band of Misfits: $7.8 million in 12 markets. International cume = $7.8 million.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $6.3 million from 1,932 locations in 27 markets. International cume = $43.8 million.
John Carter: $6.2 million in 54 territories. International cume = $188.3 million.
21 Jump Street: $4.0 million in 15 markets. International cume = $22.2 million.
This Means War: $2.8 million from 2,517 locations in 44 markets. International cume = $83.6 million.
Project X: $2.6 million in 27 markets. International cume = $24.2 million.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: $2.2 million in 47 markets. International cume = $214.5 million.
Bel Ami: $1.8 million from 375 locations in Russia. International cume = $1.8 million.
Puss in Boots: $1.7 million from 812 locations in 18 markets. International cume = $399.7 million.
The Vow: $1.6 million in 20 markets. International cume = $48.6 million.
Thursday Afternoon Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games grossed $8.051 million on Wednesday, pushing the film's domestic total to $181.759 million.
Wednesday Afternoon Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games grossed $10.348 million on Tuesday. That brings the five-day domestic cume for the film to a massive $173.708 million.
Tuesday Afternoon Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games raked in $10.823 million on Monday, pushing its domestic cume to a whopping $163.359 million.
Monday Morning Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games officially made $152.5 million domestically over the weekend. That's still high enough to give in the best non-sequel opening of all time. Hunger Games' opening ranks in third place behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight.
Sunday Morning Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games will make $155 million domestically during its debut frame. That's the best non-sequel opening of all time and it ranks in third place behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Dark Knight. Hunger Games grabbed another $59.25 million abroad.
Saturday Morning Update: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games made $68.25 million on Friday. That's the highest non-sequel Friday gross and the 5th highest Friday gross.
Friday Morning Update #2: Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games made $19.735 million from midnight shows, giving it the highest non-sequel midnight gross of all time. The Hunger Games ranks seventh on the list of best midnight grosses.
Friday Morning Update: The Hunger Games hysteria is reaching new heights after midnight shows. Lionsgate's blockbuster added tons of support on Facebook and Twitter last night:
Likes as of 2/28/12: 2,339,295
Likes as of 3/23/12 (6:45 a.m. PT): 3,154,431
Total Increase: 925,758
Other Increases During Same Time Period: Official The Twilight Saga page (1,355,389); The Dark Knight Rises (280,666)
Total Tweets from March 1 - March 23, 2012: 509,800
Other Tweet Counts During Same Time Period: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (54,340); The Dark Knight Rises (7,762)