Warner Bros. reports that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took in $8.8 million from midnight shows, for the second-biggest midnight debut in December. $1.25 million of Smaug's haul came from IMAX shows. The debut represents quite a drop from the $13 million that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made from midnight shows in December 2012. More coming soon...
Hosted by Fandango's Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, the Web Series
Showcases A-list Talent Exploring Their Personal Journeys and Celebrated Performances
LOS ANGELES - December 12, 2012 - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced the second season launch of its original video series, "Fandango Frontrunners," hosted by the company's chief correspondent Dave Karger at www.fandango.com/frontrunners. Known for its thoughtful interviews with A-list talent and his examination of their award-worthy performances, this season's "Frontrunners" will add several new dimensions, including its collaboration with Dolby Laboratories and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
The first episodes of "Frontrunners" will feature interviews with award-worthy "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Stiller, star and director of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," and Octavia Spencer, co-star and executive producer of "Fruitvale Station." The episodes were filmed at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, which will be the home of the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.
"With the Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations this week, movie awards season is kicking into high gear, making it the perfect time to launch our new season of ‘Frontrunners'," said Host Dave Karger. "This season we are delving even deeper into the awe-inspiring performances of today's top movies, and exploring the people, places and memories that have empowered our frontrunners throughout their careers."
On, February 9, 2014, Fandango will film a special "Frontrunners" event on the USC campus in Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/ Frank Sinatra Hall. Special award nominees will be interviewed about their "frontrunner" journey and will answer questions from the film school's students in the audience and via Twitter. The special "Frontrunners" episodes will air on Fandango following the event.
"We're very excited to be collaborating with Fandango on ‘Frontrunners,' and offering our young filmmakers and media creators the opportunity to interact with professionals at the top of their craft, and learn about the life influences that helped them reach their dreams," said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
New episodes of "Frontrunners" will air on Fandango throughout the next few months, culminating after the 86th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Episodes will offer links to Fandango ticketing for the nominated films at more than 22,000 screens nationwide.
"Frontrunners" host Dave Karger is a 19-year entertainment industry journalist and one of the country's leading experts on the Oscars. Karger also hosts Fandango's weekly movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," which launched in March of this year. Prior to joining Fandango in September 2012, Karger worked for Entertainment Weekly. Karger has served as the go-to awards correspondent for top broadcast outlets including TODAY, Access Hollywood and E! Karger also served as the Academy Awards' official Red Carpet Greeter on Oscar night in 2011 and 2012.
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 39 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
About USC School of Cinematic Arts
Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 80 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The School offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, games and interactive media, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Visit at cinema.usc.edu
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information, please visit dolby.com.
CINEASIA (BOOTH #214), HONG KONG, DECEMBER 12TH 2013 - Harkness Screens the world's leading manufacturer of projection surfaces for cinema and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has commenced manufacture of its brand new passive 3D screen surface Clarus 170 at its Asian facilities in India and China.
Designed for use in large format auditoria (using two projectors) or smaller to mid-sized theatres where 3D systems using polarised light are deployed, the Clarus 170 3D surface also enhances conventional 2D presentation enabling DCI compliance with optimised theatre geometry.
"Clarus 170 has already proved an enormous success. To date we've installed a significant number of screens in Europe and this number is growing daily. The screen's unique characteristics mean a richer, deeper, more immersive 3D experience for consumers," says Richard Mitchell, Worldwide Marketing Manager of Harkness Screens.
New 4th generation screen technology, Clarus provides a wide viewing angle and significantly increases overall brightness uniformity across the screen reducing visual hot-spotting whilst maintaining suitable light on screen for 2D and 3D projection.
"With Clarus 170 3D surface exhibitors are able to benefit from more even light distribution across the screen without the need to radically alter equipment specification such as lamp size or lamp power which lower gain 3D screens might require. On top of this the surface improves colour accuracy and contrast giving a viewing experience significantly closer to traditional 2D white screen presentation," Mitchell adds.
Specialist aluminium flake based coating applied to the unique base material provides high gain characteristics, strong signal to noise ratios, generous viewing angles and excellent colour temperature whilst utilising Harkness' proprietary and unique seam welding process to ensure that these screens have no visible seams under projection conditions.
"Making this revolutionary screen technology available to the Asian market further emphasises Harkness Screens commitment to providing the cinema industry with cutting edge, state-of-the-art presentation surfaces," adds Mitchell.
About Harkness Screens
Harkness ScreensTM is the world's largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size. Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.
Founded in 1929, Harkness' corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.
Friday: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug enters Friday with a $24 million cume from 32 overseas markets.
The film collected $15.23 million on Thursday, an 11% improvement over the previous installment in the franchise.
Germany posted a $3.4 million opening day haul from 1,462 screens, equivalent to 75% of the top marketshare.
Mexico enjoyed a $909k opening day from 2,555 screens, accounting for 58% of the marketshare.
New Zealand once again showed strong support to the Peter Jackson series, contributing a $575k opening day from 251 screens that translates to 87% of the top marketshare.
Thursday: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posted first place finishes across all nine markets on its opening day, recording an $8.5 million bow.
France leads the initial roll-out with a $2.8 million haul and 263K admissions, an 8% improvement over the last film in the series.
The other top performers for the film's opening day are:
Sweden: $1.8M, 431 Screens
Norway: $1.1M, 277 Screens
Denmark: $872k, 181 Screens
Netherlands: $619k, 172 Screens. Biggest opening day of 2013
Finland: $480k, 191 Screens
Belgium: $428k. Biggest opening day of 2013.
Philippines: $252k, 312 Screens.
Switzerland (Fr): $125k, 56 Screens. Biggest opening day of 2013.
Wednesday: The Hobbit trilogy continues its journey to box office gold. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posted a $2.8 million bow in its Wednesday debut in France, an 8% bump from last year's installment. The Hobbit sequel scored 262.8k admissions from 909 screens in the territory. Paris contributed 57.5K of the admissions, 15% ahead of the opening day tally of its predecessor.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open on over 15,000 screens across 49 territories this weekend. That's seven fewer territories than last year's day-and-date debut. Warner Bros. decided to shift the film strategically in specific markets. The most notable changes in Smaug's roll-out are a late February premiere in Japan (where the original Lord of the Rings trilogy thrived) and pushing several Latin American territories one week closer to the Christmas holiday. Approximately half the screens will present the film in 3D and close to 3,000 will show the film in HFR.
The top markets to share a day-and-date debut with The Desolation of Smaug include France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Mexico, Brazil and South Korea.