LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) – New action movie
“Battleship” collided with Iron Man, The Hulk and the rest of
“The Avengers” this weekend at movie theater box offices, and
the super heroes came out on top.
“Avengers” from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios
added an estimated $55.1 million to its U.S. and Canadian ticket
sales and held the No. 1 box office spot for the third straight
weekend, according to studio forecasts on Sunday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Paul Lee’s performance since he took over as ABC Entertainment Group president in July 2010 gets these evaluations from analysts and other industry observers: “Good solid singles.” “Decent batting average.” “Doing reasonably well.”
Not bad, in other words, but no home runs.
After his first full season atop the network, ABC is essentially in the same position it was in before he got there. Ratings are flat, and the network is still ranked third among broadcast networks, with an average of 8.4 million total weekly viewers, according to Nielsen.
(Reuters) – Broadcast television networks are going for laughs to attract viewers, pitching new comedies at next week’s annual “upfront” presentations to advertising buyers.
The big four U.S. broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC – are all coming to the television industry’s annual rite with new comedies, a format that helps lower viewer age for older-skewing broadcast networks.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s quarterly earnings, dragged down by a loss from science fiction bomb “John Carter,” beat Wall Street expectations with 21 percent profit growth driven by its theme parks and media networks.
Disney, which operates theme parks, a movie studio and TV properties, posted fiscal second quarter earnings of $1.1 billion and a 6 percent increase in revenue to $9.629 billion.
(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ABC News and Univision are teaming up to launch an English-language news and lifestyle network targeting Hispanics, the fastest-growing group in the United States, the companies said on Monday.
The unnamed channel will begin broadcasting in 2013, and ABC and Univision will share news gathering and production costs, the companies said. Each company will own about 50 percent, a person with knowledge of the venture said. Other financial terms were not disclosed.
By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine
(Reuters) – Walt Disney’s blockbuster “The Avengers” has five superheroes and record ticket sales. It also has a silent partner in Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, which stands to get a healthy payday even though the studio didn’t spend a cent to produce or market the film.
Paramount already collected $57.5 million in April, when the film was released internationally. And it stands to collect 8 percent of the millions that the film will earn in theaters, on DVD, and when it is watched on the Internet, according to two people with knowledge of the deal.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Avengers” proved that five superheroes are better than one by bursting into Hollywood’s record books with a massive $200.3 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with a bang.
The domestic debut for the big-budget, effects-filled movie from Disney’s Marvel studios sped past last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2,” which opened with $169.2 million in its first weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. In March, “The Hunger Games” opened with $152.5 million, the fourth largest opening in box office history.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Disney’s superhero movie “The Avengers” hits U.S. theaters on Friday, the actors who play Captain America and Thor will chat up the hosts of female-oriented TV talk show “The View.”
Hollywood is putting on a full-court press to attract women to summer movies. With a full slate of big-budget action films from Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” to Warner Bros’ “The Dark Knight Rises” vying for the same fanboy audience, female filmgoers may hold the key to box-office dominance.
Romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” easily beat four new films to win the U.S. and Canadian box office race for a second time while superhero movie “The Avengers” stormed into overseas theaters with record-breaking sales.
“Think Like a Man” led domestic charts with an $18.0 million total from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. New movies including adult comedy “The Five-Year Engagement” didn’t come close, each grabbing about $11 million or less.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.
Apple, which now sells a $99 set-top box that hooks up to a television set and lets users stream online content from Netflix (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and the MLB channel, opened discussions with three-year-old EPIX, created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF.N: Quote, Profile, Research), MGM and Viacom’s (VIAB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Paramount Pictures.