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Mar 24, 2013

Cave-dwelling “Croods” settle at top of U.S. movie box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Animated prehistoric adventure “The Croods,” about a family of cave dwellers fighting for survival, claimed the top spot on movie box office charts with $44.7 million from weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada.

The 3-D children’s comedy from “Shrek” and “Madagascar” creator Dreamworks Animation added $63.3 million from international markets, the studio said on Sunday, for a global total of $108 million.

Mar 21, 2013

DreamWorks looks to Stone Age for new hit with “The Croods”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After mining the worlds of fairy tales, zoos, dragons and martial arts pandas, DreamWorks Animation is going back to the Stone Age with “The Croods,” in the hope of finding a new box office hit.

“The Croods,” out in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, is being watched closely by analysts after the weak performance of “Rise of the Guardians” last year, which led DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc to write down about $87 million in costs.

Mar 17, 2013

Disney’s “Oz” keeps magic spell on movie box office

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” worked more box office magic in its second weekend, following up its strong debut a week earlier with $42.2 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales.

The “Wizard of Oz” prequel starring James Franco topped a stronger-than-expected performance from “The Call,” a new thriller about a 911 operator played by Halle Berry who tries to save a kidnapped teenager. “The Call” earned $17.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

Mar 12, 2013

Fox tries to lift ratings of sagging ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) – The microphone that
singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for a live
broadcast on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an
Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay helps build
enthusiasm for the rest of the 12th season of the long-time TV
ratings champ, which has seen viewership fall over the past six
years. This season’s finale is scheduled for May.

Mar 12, 2013

Fox tries to lift ratings of fading ‘Idol’

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) – The microphone that
singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for the
live broadcast on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an
Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay will generate
enthusiasm for the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings
champ, which has seen viewership fall the past six seasons.

Mar 12, 2013

Fox tries to lift ratings of ‘Idol’ as new season opens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The microphone that singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for the live season debut on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay will generate enthusiasm for the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings champ, which has seen viewership fall the past six seasons.

Mar 10, 2013

Disney’s “Oz” prequel scores box office gold

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – There was no place like “Oz” at the weekend box office.

Walt Disney Co’s big-budget 3D movie “Oz the Great and Powerful” amassed $80.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, the biggest domestic debut of 2013. The prequel starring James Franco added $69.9 million in international markets, Disney said, for a combined $150.2 million opening around the world.

Mar 6, 2013

Disney shareholders back board, reject CEO/chair split

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co shareholders on Wednesday re-elected the company’s board, including Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger, and rejected an investor proposal to separate the roles of chairman and CEO in 2016, when Iger plans to leave the company.

Shareholders of the media and theme-park company defeated the proposal from Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier, a Disney investor through the state’s employee retirement funds, to split the CEO and chairman jobs.

Mar 5, 2013

Fox takes aim at ESPN with national sports TV channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – News Corp introduced a long-rumored national cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, on Tuesday, aiming to compete with leader ESPN in an increasingly crowded TV sports marketplace.

Fox will launch the channel on August 17 in 90 million homes, executives of the network said at an event in New York City.

Mar 3, 2013

No box office killing for big-budget “Jack the Giant Slayer”

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – “Jack the Giant Slayer,” the first big-budget action film of the year, was anything but a killer at the weekend box office.

“Jack,” a retelling of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale, earned the No. 1 spot on domestic box office charts with $28 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. But that was an underwhelming start for a 3D movie that cost $189 million to produce, plus tens of millions more to market.