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Nov 18, 2012

“Twilight” sendoff starts with huge $341 million worldwide

By Andrea Burzynski and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

Nov 18, 2012

‘Twilight’ sendoff starts with huge $341 mln worldwide

Nov 18 (Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final
chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie
ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking
spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest
franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an
estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the
weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural
romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

Nov 16, 2012

Final “Twilight” dawns with $30 million from late-night shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bella and Edward’s big-screen farewell lit up box offices with $30.4 million in late-night ticket sales for the finale of the blockbuster “Twilight” vampire series, production studio Summit Entertainment said on Friday.

The U.S. and Canadian box office receipts for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ beat initial sales for each of the previous four films in the franchise, though the final installment got a boost from late Thursday night previews.

Nov 16, 2012

Final ‘Twilight’ dawns with $30 mln from late-night shows

LOS ANGELES, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Bella and Edward’s
big-screen farewell lit up box offices with $30.4 million in
late-night ticket sales for the finale of the blockbuster
“Twilight” vampire series, production studio Summit
Entertainment said on Friday.

The U.S. and Canadian box office receipts for “The Twilight
Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ beat initial sales for each of the
previous four films in the franchise, though the final
installment got a boost from late Thursday night previews.

Nov 15, 2012

Hollywood thirsts for young adult films as ‘Twilight’ ends

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Reuters) – As vampires Bella and Edward
take their last bites on the big screen, Hollywood studios are
on the hunt for the next “Twilight,” a movie that plays on
teenage angst and, more importantly, lights up the movie box
office.

The first four “Twilight” movies earned $2.5 billion at
theaters worldwide, propelled by passionate fans of a book
series about a vampire-and-werewolf teen love triangle. Box
office watchers project “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ will haul in
$150 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, one of
the year’s biggest film debuts.

Nov 11, 2012

James Bond soars to box office record with “Skyfall”

By Chris Michaud and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – James Bond can don the tuxedo and break out the Dom Perignon after the super spy returned to theaters in record fashion at the weekend, blowing away box office rivals with $87.8 million in ticket sales for the U.S. and Canadian debut of new movie “Skyfall” for the biggest opening in the franchise’s history.

The best North American opening for the 50-year-old Bond franchise adds to a strong tally of $428.6 million for “Skyfall” overseas. Globally, the movie starring Daniel Craig as 007 has now earned $518.6 million since first hitting international theaters on October 26, distributor Sony Pictures said.

Nov 9, 2012

Disney profit meets expectations, lifted by parks, ESPN

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Media giant Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted higher quarterly profit on Thursday, lifted by an increase in visitors to its theme parks and revenue gains at sports juggernaut ESPN.

The company that recently announced a blockbuster deal to buy “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm reported diluted earnings per share of 68 cents. That matched expectations from Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Nov 8, 2012

Theme parks, ESPN lift Disney quarterly profit

LOS ANGELES, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Media giant Walt Disney Co
posted higher quarterly profit on Thursday, lifted by an
increase in attendance at theme parks and revenue gains at
sports juggernaut ESPN.

Disney reported diluted earnings per share of 68 cents for
the quarter that ended in September, in line with expectations
from Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Nov 8, 2012

CBS profit gains from cable fees, licensing of shows

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 (Reuters) – CBS Corp topped Wall
Street expectations with a higher quarterly profit boosted by
more revenue from the licensing of TV shows and fees paid to its
cable networks.

The company reported third quarter net earnings of $391
million on Wednesday, up 16 percent from $338 million in the
same quarter a year earlier. Adjusted earnings per share reached
65 cents.

Nov 7, 2012

News Corp earnings beat projections on cable strength

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp reported quarterly profit on Tuesday that beat analyst expectations, helped by growth at cable television networks such as Fox News Channel and FX.

Its shares jumped 2.4 percent after hours.

The media company that owns Fox Broadcasting and The Wall Street Journal said adjusted earnings per share reached 43 cents for the quarter that ended in September on profit of $1.0 billion. Analysts on average had expected 37 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.