Inception was able to rake in $53.7m with approximately 7.4 million admissions from over 7,500 screens in 51 markets including previews. The film's international cume is now $170 million, which puts its worldwide total at $363 million.

Christopher Nolan's mind-bender opened in first place in Germany with the equivalent of $7.1 million from 715 locations.

Toy Story 3 added another $39.1 million from 48 territories representing 93% of the international marketplace. The film's international total is now $430 million and that boosts its worldwide total $826.1 million. Toy Story 3 is Disney's #2 highest grossing film of all time. Key highlights this weekend included:

United Kingdom - Earned $12.4 million and was #1 for the second weekend in a row. In only 14 days, Toy Story 3 now stands as the 3rd biggest animated title ever released in this territory with a cumulative $61.4M.
Japan - Has ranked as the #1 title in the market for four consecutive weekends, realizing $7.1 million to increase its overall result to $61.8M.
Spain - In its second weekend, the Disney/Pixar effort is maintaining its position as the dominant film in the marketplace, earning $3.3 million and raising its cumulative performance to $15.5M.

Salt was able to bring in $24.5 million over the weekend, pushing its international cume to $32.8 million. The spy thriller posted strong numbers in Russian ($5.5 million), Japan ($3.9 million) and Brazil ($2.3 million).

 

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten movies-on-demand (VOD) titles based on consumer transaction rates. Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

Comedy-themed films earned four out of ten slots on the Rentrak Top Ten Movies-OnDemand chart, with Action and Drama category features tied for the second most popular categories. PG-13 films dominated the chart with six out of ten titles, while the other four top performers were each rated R. Six of the top ten titles were involved in the Movies-On-Demand promotional campaign (which ran from March -June).

According to the company's OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 include:

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Lee Daniels is moving forward with a project titled The Butler for his first post-Precious directorial gig. The film will focus on the true story of an African-American man named Eugene Allen who worked as a White House servant for 34 years. The Weinstein Company will reportedly put up $8 million in budgetary funds in order to own domestic rights, Pathe will add another $8 million to get international rights. 

Daniels snagged a Best Director nod for his work on Precious, and his stock has risen considerably since then.

 

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BURBANK, Calif. -- The Walt Disney Company announced today the sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC for over $660 million subject to certain adjustments. Partners in Filmyard include Los Angeles businessmen Ron Tutor, Tom Barrack, Colony Capital LLC and other individuals. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and is expected to close between September 10, 2010 and the end of the calendar year.

The sale of Miramax Films includes rights in over 700 film titles, including Academy Award winners like Chicago, Shakespeare in Love and No Country for Old Men. Also included are non-film assets, such as certain books, development projects and the "Miramax" name.

"Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands," said Robert A. Iger, Disney's President and CEO. "We are delighted that we have found a home for the Miramax brand and Miramax's very highly regarded motion picture library."

"I am delighted and honored to acquire the Miramax library," said Ron Tutor. "On behalf of my partners Tom Barrack and Colony Capital, we look forward to sharing this high quality content with the world in every form of media for many years to come."

 

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