LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Military drama “Act of Valor” claimed the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts, beating expectations with an estimated $24.7 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales during another busy weekend at theaters.
Tyler Perry’s new drama, “Good Deeds,” finished in second place with $16.0 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday as Hollywood prepared for the Academy Awards.
Feb 22 (Reuters) – Shane McMahon, the son of
pro-wrestling impresario Vince McMahon, will team up with Walt
Disney Co to distribute video-on-demand Disney movies in
The 42-year-old chief executive officer of YOU On Demand
Holdings – a joint venture with China Home Cinema -
had previously obtained the rights to distribute movies from
Warner Brothers, a unit of Time Warner, and from
Hollywood studio Lionsgate.
“Safe House” took in $28.4 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Monday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. That lifted the movie to No. 1 from its second-place finish when it opened a week earlier.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Denzel Washington thriller “Safe House” rose to the No. 1 spot at movie box offices through Sunday, narrowly leading love story “The Vow” over a long holiday weekend in the United States.
“Safe House” took in $24.0 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters from Friday through Sunday, taking the top slot after a second-place finish when the film debuted a week earlier. The movie earned an average of $7,680 from 3,121 theaters, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.
Three new movies compete for filmgoers over the long President’s Day weekend in the United States. Nicolas Cage is expected to lead the pack of newcomers with Sony’s 3D action sequel “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.”
Box-office watchers project Friday-through-Monday sales in the United States and Canada could roar to $30 million for the follow-up to the original “Ghost Rider,” released over the same weekend in 2007.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Kung Fu Panda” creator Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc plans to build a production studio in Shanghai with some of China’s biggest media companies, a landmark deal that gives the company a foothold in one of the largest untapped markets for Hollywood.
The California-based animation studio behind “Shrek” agreed to form a joint venture with China Media Capital, Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd. The deal was announced while Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was visiting Los Angeles and wrapping up a U.S. visit.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Kung Fu Panda” creator Dreamworks Animation may soon set up a production studio in China through a deal that could be announced Friday during a U.S. visit by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
The studio is likely to unveil a joint venture with China-based investors during Xi’s visit to Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters earlier this week.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 16 (Reuters) – “Kung Fu Panda”
creator Dreamworks Animation may soon set up a
production studio in China through a deal that could be
announced Friday during a U.S. visit by Chinese Vice President
The studio is likely to unveil a joint venture with
China-based investors during Xi’s visit to Los Angeles on
Thursday and Friday, a person familiar with the matter told
Reuters earlier this week.
Love story “The Vow” won the hearts of moviegoers with $51.4 million in global ticket sales over a pre-Valentine’s Day weekend that featured stronger-than-expected performances from three new releases.
“The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, took in $41.7 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday in the biggest domestic opening so far this year, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. Twenty international markets added $9.7 million, bringing the global total to $51.4 million.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The Disney Channel –
home to bubbly fare from “Hannah Montana” to “High School
Musical” — has emerged as a potent global engine for Walt
Disney Co after decades of quiet expansion. And it
couldn’t come at a better time for the Mouse House.
As cash cow ESPN grapples with ever-richer sports rights and
a once-reliable theme park business remains susceptible to a
tottering economy, Disney’s international presence — now in
over 375 million homes in 167 countries — is driving sales
growth and gaining ground internationally on Time Warner Inc’s