LOS ANGELES, July 3 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s
big-budget Western “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp as
Native American sidekick Tonto, rode off with $2 million in U.S.
and Canadian ticket sales during its first shows on Tuesday
night, trotting well behind animated “Despicable Me 2.”
Both films are fighting for audiences heading into the U.S.
Independence Day holiday on Thursday, one of the biggest movie
going periods of the year. “Despicable Me 2″ took in $4.7
million in its Tuesday night preview shows, according to
distributor Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s board on Monday extended Bob Iger’s tenure as its chief executive by 15 months, allowing him to remain both CEO and chairman of the media giant through June 30, 2016.
Iger, 62, had planned to step down as CEO on April 1, 2015, and assume the single role as executive chairman through the end of his existing contract on June 30, 2016, the company said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony, which is studying a partial spinoff of its studio at the urging of major shareholder Daniel Loeb, suffered its second box office misfire of the summer season when its action movie “White House Down” opened with ticket sales below industry forecasts.
“White House Down,” which stars Jamie Foxx as the U.S. president and Channing Tatum as a federal agent who saves the White House from terrorists, opened with $25.7 million in domestic ticket sales, according to the studio, below industry experts’ estimates of over $30 million.
(Reuters) – Animated prequel “Monsters University” took home its second U.S. and Canadian box office title with $46.2 million in ticket sales over the weekend, fending off a red-hot debut from Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in female buddy comedy “The Heat.”
Outpacing industry projections, “The Heat” nabbed $40 million from Friday through Sunday and finished in second place, according to studio estimates. Big-budget, explosion-filled “White House Down” fell short of expectations with $25.7 million in its first three days, finishing the weekend in fourth place.
(Reuters) – U.S. cable companies and satellite TV providers, locked in battle with broadcasters and online sites for advertising, are taking a page from Google by using data on their subscribers’ tastes to serve up tailored commercials.
In Los Angeles, a 35-year-old female DirecTV subscriber with a cat might get a spot promoting cat food while the satellite provider would beam a car advertisement to her next door neighbor, a bachelor watching the same channel.
June 17 (Reuters) – Video streaming service Netflix Inc
signed an exclusive multiyear deal for a slate of new
TV series from “Shrek” creator DreamWorks Animation,
deepening its push into original programming to stand apart from
Netflix shares rose 7 percent and DreamWorks Animation
shares jumped 4 percent after the deal was announced on Monday.
(Reuters) – U.S. broadcast networks Fox and NBC are close to wrapping up their advance sales for commercial time for the upcoming fall season and have narrowly beaten analysts’ expectations with rate increases of as much as 7 percent over last year, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Wednesday.
News Corp-owned Fox won a 5 percent to 7 percent increase from advertisers despite a drop in overall viewership, one source told Reuters.
June 12 (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast networks Fox and NBC are
close to wrapping up their advance sales for commercial time for
the upcoming fall season and have narrowly beaten analysts’
expectations with rate increases of as much as 7 percent over
last year, sources familiar with the negotiations said on
News Corp-owned Fox won a 5 percent to 7 percent
increase from advertisers despite a drop in overall viewership,
one source told Reuters.
June 12 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s TV sports network, ESPN, said it will shut its 3D cable channel in the United States, ending a three-year experiment after sports fans failed to embrace the technology in their homes.
ESPN launched the 3D cable channel in 2010 and will close the channel by the end of the year, said ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold. It presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and the Masters golf tournament, among other offerings.
(Reuters) – When Walt Disney Co introduced its latest video game, Infinity, to the gaming faithful this week at the annual E3 gaming conference, it rented a Los Angeles movie theater to show 30-minute clips of upcoming films and hosted a party with the glitz it usually reserves for its blockbuster movie wannabes.
It shows just how much the company is counting on Infinity – whose players can for the first time mix together characters from Disney’s different franchises – to help turn around one part of the media giant that stubbornly refuses to turn a profit.