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Apr 14, 2013

Baseball film ’42′ scores $27.3 mln in box office win

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – Baseball drama “42,” the
story of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black player in the
major leagues more than 60 years ago, took home a win at the
movie box office after scoring $27.3 million from weekend ticket
sales in the United States and Canada.

The film about the Hall of Fame player topped industry
forecasts for an opening of about $20 million. It defeated new
horror spoof “Scary Movie 5,” the second-place finisher with
$15.2 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio
estimates.

Mar 31, 2013

‘G.I. Joe’ sequel blasts past cavemen to win box office

March 31 (Reuters) – Action movie “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
won the weekend box office battle in the United States and
Canada, fighting off competition from cartoon cavemen, a Tyler
Perry drama, and an alien-possessed heroine trying to save the
human race.

“G.I. Joe,” a sequel starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson
and Bruce Willis, secured $41.2 million in domestic ticket sales
from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

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.