By Sterling Wong
Extending its global dominance for the third weekend in a row, Summit's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 was No. 1 internationally with an estimated $40.2M from some 9,000 playdates in 73 markets. The penultimate film in the blockbuster franchise has now earned $341M internationally.
The film opened this week in South Korea, where it topped the box office chart with an estimated 493K admissions or 3.5B KRW ($3.2M USD) and an estimated 4.9B KRW (~$4.27M USD) from 698K admissions, including previews. The film has also had a strong showing in Europe, taking in thus far $43.4M in the UK, $26M from France, $22.4M from Germany, $21.7M from Spain and $20.2M from Italy.
Paramount's Puss in Boots earned an estimated $23M from 2,740 locales in 26 territories this weekend. The 3D toon has now earned $89.2M internationally. The film bowed in 13 markets this week, with the largest opening coming from France, where it purred its way to a strong $8.1M from 671 venues -- 2% more than Kung Fu Panda 2's bow and 19% ahead of Smurfs 3D.
Another children-themed movie, Warner Bros.' Happy Feet Two, took in an estimated $16.3M from 7,000 screens in 40 markets. The penguin movie's international cume to date is now a slightly underwhelming $34M.
Completing a trio of family movies, Sony's Arthur Christmas grossed $11.4 million from 53 markets for a pleasing international total of $45.3 million and global cume of $60.1 million.
The Fox-distributed In Time grossed $9.6M from 3,680 screens in 45 markets, bringing its international total to $82.6M. The film opened strongly in Germany ($2.7M from 414), Spain ($2M from 350) and Austria ($368K from 69) and held well in France ($1.8m from 328, down only 39%), Belgium ($250K from 55, down only 30%) and Finland ($57K from 34, down only 26%). The film is still to open in Japan (February 17, 2012) and Italy (March 2, 2012).
Universal's Tower Heist grossed an estimated $4M at 2,500 dates in 45 territories, raising the international cume to $42.5M. Opening in Peru, the film opened with an estimated $176k at 39 dates. In Russia, the film remained at No. 3 with an estimated $1.5M at 411 dates, down 47% for an 11- day total of $5.2M. The film will open in 10 more territories, including Mexico on Dec. 9 and Australia on Dec. 26.
Meanwhile, Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin took in $2.8M from 7,723 locations across nine territories, bringing its international cume to $50.6 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed movie opened with a solid $3.1 million from 343 locales in Japan, which was 140% ahead of Shrek Forever After (Sat-Tues) and in line with Kung Fu Panda 2 (Fri-Mon).
Fuga De Cerebros 2, a Universal acquisition, opened at No. 3 in Spain, grossing an estimated $2.3 at 345 dates. The gross is 39% bigger than the first Fuga, and Fuga 2 is also the 2nd biggest opening for a local film in Spain this year.
Disney's The Muppets earned $1.8 million from three markets for an early international total of $4 million and worldwide gross of $60.1 million.
HOLLYWOOD, CA -- The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation will present its 2012 "Pioneer of the Year" Award to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA), it was announced by Ted Cooper, President of the industry's foremost charitable organization. Katzenberg will be honored on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at CinemaCon, the industry's largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. CinemaCon 2012 will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
"We are honored in our own right to be able to single out someone like Jeffrey Katzenberg," noted Ted Cooper. "When it comes to passion for our industry and compassion for those in our industry who need help, Jeffrey has no equals. He is most deserving of this prestigious accolade. As well we thank our friends at NATO for their continued support as we could not imagine a better forum at which to honor Jeffrey than at CinemaCon 2012."
"We are thrilled to support the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and the presentation of its annual ‘Pioneer of the Year' Award" at CinemaCon 2012", said Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director. "Having such a time honored tradition be a part of our first endeavor this past March was a true convention highlight and knowing NATO and its members are there to lend a helping hand to this great organization is so meaningful to us all. We are already looking forward to the 2012 "Pioneer Dinner" in honor of our good friend Jeffrey Katzenberg".
Jeffrey Katzenberg started his career in the entertainment industry as assistant to Barry Diller, the Chairman of Paramount Pictures. He was assigned and able to revive the "Star Trek" franchise and during his tenure became President of Production. Katzenberg then moved to Walt Disney Pictures and was in charge of turning around the ailing animation studio. Under his management, the company created some of Disney's most critically acclaimed and highest grossing features including "The Little Mermaid" and "The Lion King." In addition, he brokered a deal that secured a partnership with Pixar Studios and one that brought Miramax Films into Disney.
What Katzenberg may best be known for though is joining forces with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen to create DreamWorks Studios. Among its many successes in film, animation and television were "American Beauty," Gladiator," "A Beautiful Mind," as well as the DreamWorks Animation franchises of "Shrek," "Madagascar," "Kung Fu Panda," and "How to Train Your Dragon.
Jeffrey is also well known for his many charitable and humanitarian acts. In 2010, he received the Humanity Award from the USC Shoah Institute. He is Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation (MPTVFF) and host to one of the largest fundraisers in the entertainment industry (benefitting MPTVFF), called The Night Before, which is known as THE party to attend in conjunction with the Academy Awards. Over $30 million has been raised to benefit the MPTFF, in recent years. Katzenberg also devotes significant energy and resources to the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Foundation and recently donated $1.25 million to Boston University's College of General Studies.
The Pioneer of the Year honors leaders of the motion picture industry and within the philanthropic community. Past honorees include Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck, Frank G. Mancuso, Jack Valenti, Terry Semel, Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Alan Horn, Jeff Blake, Mike Campbell, Marc Shmuger, David Linde, Rob Moore and in 2011, Dick Cook. Proceeds from the event go to the Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund (MPPAF), an industry charity that helps movie industry veterans who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event.
The MPPAF is owned and operated by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. For more information about the Pioneer of the Year Dinner or the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, please call (888) 994-3863 or visit www.wrpioneers.org.
Los Angeles, CA -- Boldly moving into the untapped market for student films, the new online film competition, SeeFlik (www.seeflik.com) is poised to become an essential destination for emerging filmmakers and innovative storytellers to showcase their productions and participate in the film festival. Taking place entirely online, SeeFlik will offer two concurrent short film competitions (Judges Award & Fans Favorite) initially two times a year that are exclusive to students who attend or are within five years of graduation from accredited undergraduate or graduate film programs.
SeeFlik CEO, Larry Meli said, "Tens of thousands of emerging artists and filmmakers graduate from college each year and have few options other than the traditional film festivals to have their voices heard. Now, for the first time, SeeFlik will provide an online showcase and film festival for their work and give them an opportunity to fast forward their careers and become the next great filmmaker. SeeFlik will become the ‘farm system' for the entertainment industry and we are proud to be able to assist these great talented, and as of yet unrecognized artists."
Short films in consideration for the exclusive Judges Award are determined by SeeFlik's panel of esteemed judges including Michael London (Sideways), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Angelo Pizzo (Hoosiers), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Robert Kamen (Karate Kid) and Suzanne de Passe (Lonesome Dove).
The Fans Favorite competition will use American Idol type voting where the winning short film is determined by the most votes received. Viewers can vote in each round for their favorite film and filmmakers can urge their friends and family to support their quest for a Fans Favorite Award.
In addition to $50,000 in prize money and a winner's showcase for talent agencies and studios, what separates SeeFlik from similar ventures is the company's association with film schools that streamline connecting their students and alumni to SeeFlik. Various marketing and promotional initiatives including in-class, social media and email marketing as well as widely distributed traditional marketing materials will be used.
SeeFlik's David Greenblatt said, "SeeFlik puts in one place a great forum for emerging filmmakers to be discovered. Before SeeFlik it took much effort to get a film shown to an industry audience. Now with SeeFlik there is a unique showcase providing easy access for talent to have their work seen by buyers and sellers."
Friends of SeeFlik include American University - School of Communication, Arizona State University - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Theatre and Film, California State University, Fullerton - College of Communications, Chapman University - Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Eastern Kentucky University, Florida State University-College of Motion Picture Arts, Loyola Marymount University - School of Film and Television, New York University - Tisch School of the Arts, Pepperdine University - Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, San Francisco State University-Cinema Department, Savannah College of Art and Design, Syracuse University - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, University of Kentucky - College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami- Motion Picture Program, University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts, University of Texas at Austin - College of Communication, York University- Department of Film.
While the competitions are not limited to students and alumni from affiliated schools, SeeFlik will be expanding their network of film schools and is in advanced negotiations with more colleges and universities to create similar relationships to the ones that currently exist.
SeeFlik's executive team is led by Meli, who is a longtime cable and television executive and producer and will oversee all aspects of the company, specifically expanding the list of affiliated film schools and strategic industry relationships. The company is launching with operating capital of just over $1,000,000, which was funded by Wall Street executives Adam Wachter and Jeff Parket who serve as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer respectively and other investors. Wachter oversees all aspects of the company's website, marketing, sales and business development and Parket handles financial, legal and investor relations. Rounding out the team is long time agent, David Greenblatt who co-founded Endeavor and whose clients have included James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin and David Lynch. With SeeFlik, Greenblatt will serve as an advisor to contest winners and mentor them through the process of meeting agents, managers and studio executives in Hollywood.
Important dates relating to deadlines for submissions can be found at http://www.seeflik.com/official-competition-rules
By Phil Contrino
20th Century Fox decided to show sneak previews of We Bought a Zoo this past weekend at approximately 800 locations in order to help it stand out among the rush of Christmas releases. The question is: Did they work?
"They worked out as well as we could have hoped for," Chris Aronson, Fox's senior vice president of distribution tells Boxoffice. "We had sellouts in markets from New York to LA, Minneapolis to Memphis, Salt Lake City to Boston, Detroit to Orlando, Philly to Kansas City. Reactions were fantastic/through the roof with laughter and tears being commonplace with the multi-generational audience, both family and non-family alike"
We Bought a Zoo had a solid weekend on Twitter. Cameron Crowe's latest inspired 3,067 tweets from Friday to Sunday, 2,084 of which happened on Sunday. The positive:negative ratio for the tweets came in at an average of 5:1 for all three days—a respectable response.
Facebook activity leaves something to be desired. The drama's official page added only 2,251 new likes over the weekend for a total of 5,338 as of Sunday night. Fox is wisely posting fan reviews from tout.com on Facebook in order to inspire people to send their friends to the page.
Even if the online buzz isn't exactly overwhelming for We Bought a Zoo, Fox's decision surely gives the film a much-needed advantage over the competition. Opening on December 23 means that Zoo will have to compete with three other family-skewing flicks: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (due on 12.16 from Fox), The Adventures of Tintin (due on 12.21) and War Horse (due on 12.25). A crowded multiplex often means that at least one film will disappoint—the sneak may help Zoo avoid becoming that film.
"Sneaks continue to work as a great way to provide word of mouth recommendations and awareness," says Jeremy Devine, director of marketing for Rave Motion Pictures. "With everyone being barraged by advertising, one on one feedback amongst friends is an impactful seller."