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Jun 2, 2013

‘Fast & Furious’ rolls over Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’

June 2 (Reuters) – Car chase sequel “Fast & Furious 6″ kept
racing at U.S. and Canadian box offices, outpacing rival movies
for a second straight weekend and finishing far in front of Will
Smith’s new sci-fi film “After Earth.”

“Fast & Furious” racked up $34.5 million from Friday through
Sunday, according to studio estimates. The sixth installment in
the billion-dollar franchise takes the action to London, where
stars Vin Diesel and Dwyane Johnson lead their crew on a mission
to take down an international ring of mercenary drivers.

May 26, 2013

‘Fast & Furious’ leads ‘Hangover’ in big-budget movie battle

May 26 (Reuters) – The speed demons of “Fast & Furious 6″
raced ahead of the hard-partying “Hangover” gang in a battle
between two male-oriented movie franchises, setting up the car
chase sequel for a big holiday weekend win at U.S. and Canadian
box offices.

“Fast & Furious 6″ rang up an estimated $98.5 million in
domestic ticket sales from Friday through Sunday and was
speeding toward $122.5 million by the end of Monday’s U.S.
Memorial Day holiday, distributor Universal Pictures projected.

May 19, 2013

‘Star Trek’ sequel tops weekend box office in North America

By Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski

(Reuters) – “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the newest installment in the classic intergalactic franchise, blasted to the top of movie box office charts with $70.6 million in weekend ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada.

The new 3D voyage for Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise knocked mighty “Iron Man 3″ into second place, while the Marvel superhero sequel grabbed $35.2 million. Jazz Age drama “The Great Gatsby” finished third with $23.4 million, according to studio estimates.

May 14, 2013

ABC bets TV viewers will marvel at superhero show

May 14 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC network is
tapping its blockbuster “Avengers” franchise for a new TV show,
looking to reverse a ratings decline that put it last of the
four largest networks among audiences coveted by advertisers.

The network is so confident in “Marvel’s Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.” that it scheduled the show on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
eastern time, where it will face off against TV’s top-rated
scripted show, CBS’ crime juggernaut “NCIS.”

May 14, 2013

In ratings challenge, NBC and Fox revive old favorites

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Broadcast networks Fox and NBC are turning to proven favorites to lure new viewers next season, with Fox rebooting the defunct Kiefer Sutherland action series “24″ and NBC bringing back Michael J. Fox in a comedy loosely based on his life.

The two networks pitched their TV schedules to advertisers on Monday at the start of the “upfront” selling season, an annual rite when broadcasters try to persuade advertisers to shell out billions of dollars in advance for their new shows.

May 13, 2013

Fox, NBC turn to familiar faces to boost viewership

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Broadcast networks Fox and NBC are turning to proven favorites to lure new viewers next season, with Fox rebooting the defunct Kiefer Sutherland action series “24″ and NBC bringing back Michael J. Fox in a comedy loosely based on his life.

The two networks pitched their TV schedules to advertisers on Monday at the start of the “upfront” selling season, an annual rite when broadcasters try to persuade advertisers to shell out billions of dollars in advance for their new shows.

May 12, 2013

‘Iron Man’ beats strong ‘Gatsby’ in box office showdown

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

(Reuters) – Tony Stark’s superpowers lifted blockbuster “Iron Man 3″ back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama “The Great Gatsby.”

Coming off a gigantic opening a week earlier, “Iron Man 3″ commanded $72.5 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday in its second weekend. “Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as millionaire Jay Gatsby in the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale, earned a strong $51.1 million, according to studio estimates.

May 12, 2013

U.S. broadcast TV ratings slide pressures ad rates at ‘upfronts’

By Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) – U.S. broadcast networks head into their biggest ad-selling season this week, competing with streaming services like Netflix, battling online players for ad dollars, and fending off hits starring zombies and duck hunters on cable.

The increased competition will force ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to settle for their lowest average rate hikes in three years during the “upfront” selling season, Wall Street analysts say.

May 8, 2013

News Corp results beat estimates, spin-off on track

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp reported quarterly earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, aided by growth at its cable networks, and said it is on track to split off its slow-growing publishing business by the end of June.

Its revenue rose 14 percent from a year earlier to $9.5 billion in the quarter, ended March 31, News Corp said on Wednesday. The company posted adjusted earnings of 36 cents per share, just beating the 35 cents expected on average by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

May 7, 2013

Disney’s profit rises on parks, ‘Oz’ movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Media giant Walt Disney Co reported a 32 percent increase in profit that beat Wall Street expectations, boosted by higher spending and attendance at U.S. theme parks, and the movie box office success of “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Revenue for the company that operates cable networks, theme parks and a movie studio increased 10 percent to $10.6 billion. At the parks division, revenue gained 14 percent and operating income climbed 73 percent as resorts in Florida and California attracted more visitors and guests spent more.