Yesterday, The Walt Disney Studios broke the $4 billion mark at the global box office for the first time in its history.
The Studio previously announced it had reached a record high on November 12, when it surpassed the $3.791 billion set in 2010. In July, Disney was the first studio to reach the $1 billion domestic box office milestone for the year, a threshold it has achieved for eight consecutive years. In August, in record time, Disney reached the $2 billion international box office threshold for the fourth year in a row, and in early November the studio surpassed its previous all-time international box office record of $2.302 billion, also set in 2010.
Disney's Frozen opens in theaters nationwide today. The film began an exclusive advance engagement at Disney's El Capitan Theatre on November 22, earning $243,390 over three days for one of the highest opening theater averages of all time. Disney's Saving Mr. Banks debuts in a limited engagement December 13 before expanding wide December 20. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues its worldwide theatrical run and has earned over $559.1 million in four weeks.
In addition to Thor: The Dark World, Disney's box office results have been led by Marvel's Iron Man 3, which opened domestically May 3 and has amassed over $1.21 billion to become the year's top-grossing film and the fifth highest-grossing film of all time; Disney•Pixar's Monsters University, which opened June 21 and has earned over $744 million to become the year's fourth highest-grossing film and Pixar's third highest-grossing film ever; and Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful, which opened March 8 and has brought in over $493 million worldwide.
Yesterday, The Walt Disney Studios broke the $4 billion mark at the global box office for the first time in its history.
PARTNERSHIP FIRST OF ITS KIND TO OFFER FREE TICKETS FOR NOMINATED FILMS
LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2013) -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it is joining forces with Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, to offer eligible SAG-AFTRA voters free tickets to any of the company's films that receive 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations. The partnership between the studio and ticket distributor is the first ever of its kind. TWC will offer all eligible SAG-AFTRA voters a pair of free Fandango tickets to each of their nominated films that are still playing in theaters. The process guarantees an easy way for awards influencers to see acclaimed films the way they were intended to be seen - on the big screen.
More than 100,000 eligible SAG-AFTRA voters will be able to access this offer through a custom Fandango Rewards webpage, which will be made available to the membership shortly after the announcement of the SAG Award nominations on December 11th.
Commented TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno: "We're thrilled to be working alongside Fandango on this unprecedented offer to SAG-AFTRA members. This is an incredible opportunity to give them the best possible chance to see our nominated pictures on the big screen, whose individual and ensemble performances we're so proud of."
"We are very pleased to provide The Weinstein Company a turnkey solution for helping SAG-AFTRA voters experience nominated performances on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen," said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango. "Through our platform, we're hoping to get as many SAG-AFTRA members into theaters as possible."
The 20th Annual SAG Awards nominations announcement will be telecast live on December 11, 2013 on TNT and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com at 9 am (ET) / 6 am (PT). The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 pm (ET) / 5 pm (PT) on TNT and TBS.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio's history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's UNDEFEATED. THE ARTIST brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; and KON-TIKI. Currently in release are UNFINISHED SONG and FRUITVALE STATION, LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER, THE GRANDMASTER, SALINGER, and 12-12-12. Upcoming releases include PHILOMENA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM and AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.
TWC is active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC is the studio behind such hit television series as the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series PROJECT RUNWAY and its spin-off series PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS and PROJECT ACCESSORY; the VH1 reality series MOB WIVES and its spin-off series MOB WIVES CHICAGO and BIG ANG; and the critically acclaimed scripted HBO comedy/crime series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY which also received a Peabody Award. The company is in production on the upcoming TLC series WELCOME TO MYRTLE MANOR, the A&E series RODEO QUEENS, and the Lifetime reality competition show SUPERMARKET SUPERSTAR hosted by Stacy Keibler. Among TWC's other projects in development for television are the martial-arts epic MARCO POLO for Starz, an untitled private eye procedural for FX, and THE NANNY DIARIES developed by ABC with a pilot by Amy Sherman Palladino.
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 38 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 at www.facebook.com/fandango and on Twitter @Fandango.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 2013-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces a special Cyber Monday eGift Card offer will be available on Monday, December 2. For every $40 a Regal guest spends on eGift Cards, the purchaser will receive another $8 eGift Card for free. This offer is available for one day only on the Regal Entertainment Group and Corporate Box Office websites.
"On Cyber Monday, Regal has a gift to share with our loyal patrons as we reward them with this terrific offer. And there's no easier way to shop," said Neal Pinsker, senior vice president of operations for Regal Entertainment Group. "By providing our guests with the ability to purchase eGift Cards online we're helping them expedite their shopping from the comfort of their computer or smart phone."
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 2, Regal fans can purchase eGift Cards online at www.REGmovies.com or www.corporateboxoffice.com. The online shopping sites will feature this buy $40 and get $8 free deal for one day only. Every eGift Card can be used at both the concession stand and at the box office. Regal eGift Cards are fast and easily sent via email with no shipping charges. They can arrive instantly or be scheduled for a specific delivery date. Each eGift Card can be customized for recipients by adding a message and choosing your favorite design or uploading your own photograph for a unique gift. Regal eGift Cards can be used at any Edwards, United Artists or Regal Cinemas across the country and they have no expiration date.
"These innovative eGift Cards are a perfect choice for every friend and family member because movies cater to a wide variety of tastes," said Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer at Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal eGift Cards provide our guests with the opportunity to make memories by giving the gift of movies this holiday season."
Regal also offers discount movie ticket programs for organizations, companies, groups and individuals who may benefit from buying movie tickets in large quantities.
About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,342 screens in 576 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of October 24, 2013. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.
By Shawn Robbins
Lionsgate, the freshly minted seventh major studio whose movies had never posted a domestic opening weekend of more than $41 million until last year, just established one of the best debuts ever with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's $158.1 million bow.
Yet, many seem to be under the impression that number is disappointing.
Sure, if someone's portfolio fell victim to Lionsgate's 10 percent slide in shares yesterday, they may be justifiably disappointed by that fact. Don't blame it on the movie, the studio, or audiences though. Blame it on the fanboy mentality which dictates bigger isn't good enough anymore; a mentality that essentially requires even the most optimistic of expectations to be exceeded, and if they're not, perception dooms healthy performances into classifications such as "non-eventful" and "let down". Unfortunately, as we saw on Wall Street yesterday, that mentality affects the real world, too.
Worst of all, indulging in said thought process precedes avoiding the responsibility of being able to step back and say, "the movie's doing great business, the signs were just misread." Flawed thinking has skewed perceptions of the box office in recent years, inaccurately portraying major financial successes as disappointments, and moderate disappointments as outright flops.
Not every highly anticipated sequel is going to shatter box office records like Marvel's The Avengers or The Dark Knight. And that's okay! What, then, should be the measure of a satisfying performance? Profitability is a good place to start, as are the long-run domestic and global grosses of a film (all measures by which Catching Fire is an undeniable winner).
How about also including the fact that Catching Fire retained the entire upfront audience of its somewhat front-loaded predecessor? That alone is impressive, especially when considering the sequel is facing a more competitive marketplace.
Or, let's focus on the point of Catching Fire now representing the highest opener in history to be anchored by a female leading character--obviously, taking over the first film's claim to that honor. That's encouraging news in an industry still figuring out how to get away from its male dominance.
Internationally, the film is already posting a massive improvement over the first (whose overseas earnings were muted due to pre-brand growth). Catching Fire generated $307.7 million in its worldwide opening, about 45 percent stronger than the first film's debut.
Still not convinced? The biggest variable overlooked by tracking in the days and weeks leading up to Catching Fire's debut was that it doesn't have the aid of 3D surcharges like Iron Man 3 did when it opened to a massive $174.1 million (16 percent less than Avengers) earlier this year and was considered the opposite of "disappointing"--rightly so. That gross represents the same approximate number (with some margin for error) of actual tickets sold for Catching Fire. All things being equal, would Iron Man 3 have been considered "disappointing" had it not played in 3D and opened between $150-160 million?
Perspective has been sacrificed, perhaps, for collective ego. It's one thing to turn box office runs into standardized competitions that offer up arbitrary bragging rights across movie fandoms--and between studios, perhaps. To some, that's part of the fun of movie communities such as the BoxOffice Forums. Still, it shouldn't come at the cost of objectivity. Like with anything in life, some expectations (even well-argued ones) prove wrong, and that includes holding a 2D movie to the same standards of a 3D movie (something BoxOffice cautioned against long before Catching Fire's release).
If a movie "fails" to reach high-end expectations at the box office while still boasting impressive performance metrics (as Catching Fire does) that other movies under similar circumstances don't attain, that simply means the analysis was off somewhere. Even the most reliable forms of tracking can be fallible in the ever-evolving science of box office, making the human element that much more important.
Let's make Catching Fire's opening a teachable moment. Let's remember when something like The Avengers: Age of Ultron or Star Wars: Episode VII "fails" to hit a $250 million opening weekend in 2015, it won't mean the movie disappointed. It will simply lend perspective to differentiate optimism from realism.
What do you think about Catching Fire's debut, readers? Sound off on the BoxOffice Forums!
"FROZEN" IS FANDANGO'S TOP ADVANCE TICKET-SELLER AMONG ANIMATED ORIGINAL FILMS
LOS ANGELES - November 26, 2013 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, Thanksgiving weekend will be a hot one at the movies, based on strong ticket sales and moviegoer buzz for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Disney's animated film, "Frozen," debuting in theaters nationwide tonight. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" scored 91 and 90 out of 100 points, respectively, on Fandango's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator.
Advance ticket sales for Disney's "Frozen" are heating up, as the movie now ranks as Fandango's top advance ticket-seller among animated original films (non-sequels), outselling Pixar's hit animated film, "Brave," the previous record-holder, at the same point in the sales cycle on Fandango.
"'Frozen' is a charming crowd-pleaser that is gaining great word-of-mouth momentum," said Dave Karger, Fandango Chief Correspondent and Host of Fandango's movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket." "It's definitely the top choice for families with young kids during the long Thanksgiving weekend."
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Frozen" ticket-buyers:
· 93% say the strong sisterhood bond between the leading female characters increased their interest in seeing the movie;
· 86% plan to see the movie as part of a Thanksgiving family outing;
· 83% claim it's a family tradition to see a Disney movie (e.g., The Muppets, Tangled, Enchanted) during the holiday season.
"Frozen" star Josh Gad, voice of Olaf, the magical snowman, provides a special video message just for Fandango Fans, and encourages moviegoers to see "the epic 3D action" in RealD. The video is live on the front page of Fandango.com.
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.