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Box Office Sings For A Christmas Carol

By Matt Kapko | Monday, November 9, 2009 at 2:37pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL raked in $30 million for Buena Vista and the #1 slot in its opening weekend, Nov. 6-8. MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT came in at #2 for Sony in its second weekend, earning $13.2 million. Overture's THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS came in #3 for its first week, earning $12.7 million.

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Transformers 2 Wins Second Weekend, Barely

While weekend estimates had ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN both at $42.5 million, box office actuals give the title to TRANSFORMERS with $42.3M.

The animated ICE AGE 3 (Fox) still earned the largest opening ever for an animated film on a Wednesday, doing $41.7M over the weekend and $66.7M in total.

TRANSFORMERS 2 (Paramount/DreamWorks, vfx by ILM and Asylum VFX, Digital Domain, Kerner Optical and Proof) has done $293.4M in two weeks, but dropped more than 60 percent from its opening.

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Hannah Montana Wins the Best of Both Worlds, and the Box Office

HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE placed first in its debut weekend, earning $32.3 million for Disney (vfx from CIS Hollywood).

Universal's FAST & FURIOUS fell more than 61 percent in its second weekend, but still came in second with $27.2M (vfx by Double Negative and Rhythm & Hues). Audiences have paid $116.5M so far to watch the reunited cast and hot cars.

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's MONSTERS VS. ALIENS came in third in its third weekend in release with $21.8M and still playing at more than 4,100 theaters. It has a three week gross of $140.2M.

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Dark Knight Beats Up Step Brothers, Scully And Mulder

Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT won its second week in release with $75.166 million (actuals), grossing $314.781M in two weeks and setting several box office records (for the weekend ending July 27).

The critically acclaimed box office smash's vfx were by Double Negative, BUF, Gentle Giant Studios and New Deal Studios.

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To Save Gotham, Dark Knight Beats Pirates, Spider-Man

Winning the weekend and becoming the new all-time opening weekend box office champ, Warner Bros.' THE DARK KNIGHT earned $158.4 million (actuals) for the weekend ending July 20. That easily beats the $151.1M opening of SPIDER-MAN 3 last May and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST opening in July 2007 with $135.6M.

In addition, the domestic box office racked up more than $260M in ticket sales, making it the biggest three-day weekend ever in total grosses, per VARIETY.

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Hancock Does Well In Tuesday Night Previews

Sony's HANCOCK grossed between $6.7 and $6.8 million from 3,680 theaters in Tuesday night previews, per VARIETY.

The Will Smith tentpole pic began playing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and expanded to 3,965 runs for its official opening Wednesday.

HANCOCK's sneak preview was better than IRON MAN's $5.5M, but not as much as last summer's TRANSFORMERS, which earned $8.8M last July 4th weekend.

TRANSFORMERS ended up earning $155.4M over the holiday week and weekend.

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Valkyrie Release Date Moved To President's Day Weekend 2009

MGM and UA announced today they are moving the release date of Bryan Singer's World War II thriller VALKYRIE, to President's Day weekend, February 13, 2009.

This moves the Tom Cruise vehicle out of awards season contention, but will have more moneymaking potential.

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The Elephant In The Room Wins The Box Office

Horton found an Easter egg with $25.1 million hidden among the Peeps, making the CG film DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! (Fox) the number one movie for the weekend box office ending March 23.

New release TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS met with $20M, earning the Lionsgate Films flick the number two slot.

Japanese horror remake SHUTTER (Fox, vfx by BIG-X and Pixel Magic) scared up $10.7M in its first weekend out, good enough for third place.

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3-D Beowulf Posts Highest Grossing Second Weekend in IMAX History

BEOWULF: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE grossed $2.95 million on 84 domestic IMAX screens during its second weekend, setting a new record for the highest grossing second weekend in IMAX history. IMAX theaters contributed more than 17% of the weekend's overall domestic box office of $16.5 million on less than 2% of the screens, with a per-screen average of $35,076. The 10-day domestic total for the IMAX 3-D release was $8.8 million, with a per-screen average of $104,500. Further, 45 of the 50 top-performing domestic locations playing BEOWULF were IMAX theaters.

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The Simpsons Rules Opening Weekend

Exceeding expectations, Fox's THE SIMPSONS MOVIE finally rolled into theaters with $74M gross for the weekend period ended July 29, 2007. Last week's winner, I PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY, fell to second place with $19.1M for a cume of $71.6M. Warner Bros.' HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (with vfx by Double Negative, Framestore CFC, ILM, Cinesite, MPC, Rising Sun and more) descended to third with $17.7M and a tally of $242.4M. New Line's HAIRSPRAY slowed down to fourth with $15.8M and a cume of $59.6M. NO RESERVATIONS opened in fifth for Warner Bros. with $11.7M.

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Transformers Gains Independence

TRANSFORMERS continued its Independence assault on the box office, capturing $70.5M for Paramount/DreamWorks for the holiday weekend ended July 8, 2007: the second highest Independence holiday weekend gross ever. With cutting edge vfx from ILM, that brings cume to a whopping $155.4M -- the best seven-day opening ever for a non-sequel and the best live-action domestic opening for both Paramount and DreamWorks. Overseas, the Michael Bay blockbuster has racked up $96.6M for a total of $252M.

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The Messengers Takes Super Bowl Weekend

Screen Gems' ghost story from the Pang brothers, THE MESSENGER (with vfx from Technicolor Creative, Reality Check Studios, Michael Kaelin & Assoc. and Amalgamated Pixels), debuted in the top spot with $14.7M over the Super Bowl weekend ended Feb. 4, 2007. Universal's romantic comedy, BECAUSE I SAID SO, bowed in second place with $13.1M. Last week's winner, EPIC MOVIE, from Fox slipped to third with $8.4M for a cume of $29.5M.

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V for Vendetta Posts Strong IMAX Opening

V FOR VENDETTA: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE debuted with impressive box office results this past weekend. The digitally re-mastered IMAX DMR release of V FOR VENDETTA from Warner Bros. Pictures opened in 56 North American IMAX theatres, grossing an estimated $1.36 million during the three-day period between March 17 and March 19 for a per-screen average of $24,341.

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IMAX Experiences Record Box Office Weekend

IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures announced that HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE and THE POLAR EXPRESS: AN IMAX 3-D EXPERIENCE registered the highest grossing weekend ever at IMAX theaters, with combined grosses of $3.1 million, each on 66 screens over the three-day period from Nov. 25-27.

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Kidtoon To Bring Scooby & Tom & Jerry to Weekend Theatrical Screenings

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00am

Kidtoon Films, a company that distributes family films to theaters for weekend morning screenings, has announced it has acquired two new Warner Bros. Animation titles the Tom & Jerry feature THE FAST AND THE FURRY and SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE'S MY MUMMY? Kidtoon programs also include shorts and sing-alongs.

"The Kidtoon Film promotional theatrical release brings beloved classic characters in new, fun-filled movies to the big screen for kids," said Dorinda Marticorena, vp of kids and sports marketing for Warner Home Video.

Animation Events

The New England Animation Bash

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, August 12, 2005 at 11:00am
Begins: August 12, 2005

The Brattle Theatre and the Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Boston area's two independent art house cinemas, are teaming up for a second year to present a weekend long festival of animation, The New England Animation Bash. This full weekend of programs will feature animation from around the world. All styles of animated work are acceptable including traditional cell animation, computer animation, experimental, stop-motion and even good ole cartoons. An audience award for Best Animated Short will be presented at the end of the weekend, as well as several honorable mentions.

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IMAX 3D Polar Express Continues Record Run

Despite its failure to catch on at the dominant box office, THE POLAR EXPRESS has clearly been a boon for IMAX, as the large-format companys maiden 3D feature grossed approximately $2,050,000 over the weekend, following last weekends record $2.1M gross. Playing on 60 screens in North America, the movie registered a noteworthy estimated per screen average of $34,000 for the period ended Nov. 21, 2004, and has now grossed a total of almost $6 million in only 11 days in IMAX theaters.

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The Incredibles Holds Off The Polar Express

With only a 28% dropoff in its second weekend, Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES continued its box office assault for the period ended Nov. 14, 2004. The 3D-animated superhero homage tallied $50.2M on its way to $143.2M, which sent Pixar stock soaring to a record $90 a share on Monday.

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Digital Musings From the Editor:

Just how difficult is it to produce, distribute and market an independent animated feature? J. Paul Peszko provides a few answers with the promising Hoodwinked: The True Story of Red Riding Hood, the first independently produced 3D animated feature from the Philippines that screens at Cannes this weekend as a work-in-progress.

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Hellboy Rules; Home on the Range Disappoints

The debut of Sony/Revolution's HELLBOY (with vfx by The Orphanage, Tippett Studio, Eden FX, HimAnI Prods., among others) heated up the weekend box office ended April 4, 2004 with $23.1M. MGM's WALKING TALL remake with the Rock bowed in second place with $15.5M.

Animation Events

Animation Weekend 2004

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, March 26, 2004 at 11:00am
Begins: March 26, 2004

As the host of the first annual Animation Weekend 2004, The Art Institute of Phoenix is proud to bring together animation enthusiasts with professionals and experts in the world of animation for a weekend full of workshops and special activities at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Animation Weekend 2004 will feature workshops and presentations from animation experts, a student demo reel review session, an After Hours Mixer at the Phoenix Art Museum including the "Degas in Bronze" exhibit, insider views into the making of

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Dead Overtakes The Passion for Number One

DAWN OF THE DEAD prevented Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST from winning the box office four weeks in a row. Universal's remake of the cult horror film (with vfx by Camera e-Motion and Mr. X) took in $26.7M to lead the weekend period ended March 21, 2004. Meanwhile, THE PASSION (with vfx by Keith Vanderlaan's Captive Audience Prods.) collected another $19.4M for a second place finish on its way to $295.5M. The Newmarket release continues to add screens in anticipation of a huge Easter weekend April 9-11.