“Hunger Games” took in $33.5 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters from Friday through Sunday and lifted its domestic sales through three weekends to $302.8 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey appears in New York on Thursday before her most important audience: potential advertisers who will decide how many more seasons her struggling cable network has to promote her mantra to “live your best life.”
The “queen of talk,” having admitted in a CBS interview this week to “101 mistakes” in launching the Oprah Winfrey Network last year, must convince the media buyers who will crowd Lincoln Center that her formula of uplifting programs will attract more viewers than it did in its first year.
Filmgoers brought big appetites for “The Hunger Games” to box offices over the weekend as the blockbuster movie added $95.9 million in global ticket sales and pushed the worldwide total since its record-setting debut to $365 million.
The Lions Gate Entertainment <LGF.N> movie about teenagers forced into a deadly survival match ranked No. 1 for the second straight weekend on domestic charts. Ticket sales in the United States and Canada reached an estimated $61.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A squawking crow. A single shoe turned on its side. Dark skies. A slow-spinning carousel on an empty playground. All the ingredients of a horror movie come together in a Rick Santorum presidential campaign video that depicts a terrifying “Obamaville”.
The video has grabbed attention for its use of scary themes and images in the world of political ads. It was released at a time when Santorum lags Mitt Romney in the Republican race to find a challenger to President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Post-apocalyptic action movie “The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, the highest domestic opening for a movie that isn’t a sequel, and established what may become one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises.
Internationally, the Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research) drama about an oppressive society’s teen death match added $59.3 million from 67 markets for a global haul of $214.3 million.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Post-apocalyptic action movie “The Hunger Games” opened with a staggering $155 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices, beating Hollywood’s lofty expectations and making history as the third-highest domestic film opening.
Internationally, the Lions Gate Entertainment drama about an oppressive society’s teen death match added $59.3 million from 67 markets for a global haul of $214.3 million.
March 23 (Reuters) – A confluence of factors ranging
from a robust advertising market to the growing importance of
retransmission fees and more funding for deals, is setting the
stage for a new wave of television station mergers over the next
Newport Television, a group of 56 stations owned by buyout
shop Providence Equity Partners, is the latest company to hit
the auction block. Citing sources familiar with the matter,
Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that Providence had
retained Moelis & Company to “explore strategic alternatives,”
including a possible sale of the company.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Providence Equity Partners is shopping Newport Television, the group of 56 television stations it acquired in 2008, to potential buyers, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
According to the sources, the private equity firm has retained Moelis & Co to “explore strategic alternatives,” including a possible sale of the company. One of these sources described the process as in its “real early stages” and said it was premature to talk about bidders or valuation.
A comic spin on 1980s television hit “21 Jump Street” nabbed the No. 1 slot on North American movie box office charts over the weekend, beating forecasts and knocking two-time winner “The Lorax” to second place.
“Jump Street” locked up an estimated $35.0 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. The performance prompted distributor Sony to order a sequel.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – HBO’s award-winning fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has earned a new crown: the largest first-week DVD sales among any series in the cable network’s history.
Season one DVD sales reached about 350,000 units in the first seven days following its March 6 release, the network said on Thursday. That pace ranks ahead of other popular HBO series including “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “True Blood.”