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Frozen Heats Up The Box Office

Frozen_4As the long Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end winds to a close, Disney’s Frozen is freez­ing out the com­pe­ti­tion. Plac­ing sec­ond for the extended week­end at the box office, both first place The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire and Frozen beat the pre­vi­ous Thanks­giv­ing box office record holder, Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 2. Within its own lit­tle world, Frozen blew away every pre­vi­ous record for an ani­mated film open­ing from Dis­ney. The ani­mated musi­cal grossed a gar­gan­tuan $26.9 mil­lion on Fri­day (this after earn­ing $26.3 mil­lion on Wednes­day and Thurs­day). The film will end at about $68 mil­lion over the week­end frame, which would give it about $97 mil­lion after its first five days in wide release.

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Vancouver Shows Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Vancouver’s Vancity The­atre is bring­ing back its pop­u­lar pro­gram of Acad­emy Award-nominated short films in the cat­e­gories of Best Ani­mated Short and Best Live Action Short from Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8 to Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21.

Here are the Oscar-nominated ani­mated shorts to be shown in an 88-minute program:

Mag­gie Simp­son in The Longest Day­care (David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A., 5 min.)
Mag­gie Simp­son spends a day at the Ayn Rand Day­care Cen­ter, where she is diag­nosed at an aver­age intel­li­gence level. Long­ing to be grouped with the gifted chil­dren, Mag­gie finds her des­tiny by res­cu­ing a lonely cocoon from Baby Ger­ald, who is busy smoosh­ing butterflies.

Adam and Dog (Minkyu Lee, U.S.A., 16 min.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What hap­pened in those first days of Cre­ation that made Man and Dog so insep­a­ra­ble? The dog, as he lives through this curi­ous world, encoun­ters a strange crea­ture; a human being named Adam — and with that dis­cov­ers a new-found con­nec­tion to the world.

Fresh Gua­camole (Adam Pesapane aka PES, U.S.A., 2 min.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom, 10 min.)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. They live sep­a­rate, par­al­lel lives, never talk­ing, barely even look­ing at each other. When Wal­ter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equi­lib­rium crash­ing down, and the cou­ple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their mar­riage back together.

Paper­man (John Kahrs, U.S.A., 7 min.)
Paper­man tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose des­tiny takes an unex­pected turn after a chance meet­ing with a beau­ti­ful woman on his morn­ing com­mute. Con­vinced that the girl of his dreams is gone for­ever, he gets a sec­ond chance when he spots her in a sky­scraper win­dow across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imag­i­na­tion and a stack of papers to get her atten­tion, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

And for your view­ing plea­sure… three short­listed con­tenders that did not make the final cut:

Abio­gen­e­sis (Richard Mars, New Zealand, 5 min.)
In this breath­tak­ing sci­ence fic­tion spec­ta­cle, a strange mechan­i­cal device lands on a des­o­late world and uses the planet to undergo a star­tling trans­for­ma­tion that has pro­found impli­ca­tions for an entire galaxy.

Dripped (Leo Ver­ier, France, 9 min.)
Jack is a strange char­ac­ter. He steals paint­ings from muse­ums to eat them. He feeds him­self with the artis­tic process of the painter. But one day, the muse­ums are closed, and he will have to paint by him­self to survive.

The Gruffalo’s Child (Uwe Hei­d­schöt­ter and Johannes Wei­land, United King­dom, 27 min.)
A lit­tle Gruffalo ignores her father’s warn­ings and tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.

Screen­ing dates and times:

Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8, 6:30 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9, 8:45 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12, 8:45 p.m.
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 15, 6:30 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 6:30 p.m.
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 20, 8:45 p.m.
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21, 6:30 p.m.

Vancity The­atre is at 1181 Sey­mour Street. Call the Film Info Line at (604) 683-FILM (3456) or visit www.viff.org for the lat­est info and listings.

Animated Films Made Up 6 of Year’s Top 20 Grossers



Six of the 20 highest-grossing North Amer­i­can films of 2012 were com­pletely ani­mated pic­tures, includ­ing Pixar’s Brave, which was sev­enth over­all with $237,262,307.

Oth­ers in the top 20 were Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (#10; $216,391,482), Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (#11; $214,030,500), Wreck-it Ralph (#13; $175,990,019), Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (#14; $161,990,019) and Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (#16; $145,321,690).

In total, the ani­mated films in the Top 20 deliv­ered grosses of $1,150,135,597.

Although Rise Of The Guardians made much less than pre­dicted, its North Amer­i­can box office gross is expected to exceed the $100 mil­lion mark some­time next week.

Almost all other films in the Top 20 had con­sid­er­able amounts of spe­cial effects CGI, includ­ing the year’s top per­former, The Avengers ($623,357,910). Oth­ers using CGI were The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Sky­fall, Twi­light: Break­ing Dawn Part 2, The Amaz­ing Spider-Man, The Hob­bit: The Unex­pected Jour­ney, Ted, Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Hunts­man and Prometheus.

Using lit­tle or no ani­ma­tion were the 17th, 18th and 19th fin­ish­ers, Taken 2, 21 Jump Street and Lin­coln.

Ice Age sequel Was Fox’s Top Foreign Cartoon Hit For ’12

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

20th Cen­tury Fox’s computer-animated “Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift” was the studio’s top for­eign box-office hit of 2012, gar­ner­ing a ginor­mous $718.1 million.

That’s far above the sec­ond– and third-place fin­ish­ers for Fox, the live-action Titanic 3D ($291.9 mil­lion) and Prometheus ($277.6 million).

The studio’s for­eign box office jumped 21%, with a total $2.725 bil­lion this year com­pared with $2.160 bil­lion in 2011.

Disney’s motion-capture John Carter had a sad per­for­mance mir­ror­ing its North Amer­i­can results. It made just $208.2 mil­lion over­seas, although Marvel’s live-action The Avengers helped make up for this by mak­ing a fan­tas­tic $892.4 mil­lion abroad.

Dis­ney made $2.080 bil­lion at the for­eign box office, down 6% from 2011.

Dis­trib­u­tor Paramount’s top-earning film over­seas this year was Dream­Works’ Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. The three­quel brought in $525.5 million.

Paramount’s over­seas grosses dropped 51% over last year, mak­ing $1.562 bil­lion this time around. Last year, it made $3.198 bil­lion, a for­eign record for the company.

DWA’s Rise of the Guardians Surpasses $100M Abroad

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 mil­lion bench­mark at the for­eign box office over the weekend.

A dis­tant sec­ond at the movies, the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movie made $20.1 mil­lion in its fifth over­seas week­end over­seas from 7,400 venues in 59 coun­tries. The total for­eign gross now stands at $119.4 million.

Dis­trib­uted by Para­mount, Rise of the Guardians opened in sec­ond place in Aus­tralia, col­lect­ing $3.7 mil­lion from 259 locations.

Bud­geted at $145 mil­lion, the ani­mated fan­tasy fea­tures the voices of Alec Bald­win and Hugh Jack­man. This week, it’s open­ing in India.

As in North Amer­ica, the live-action The Hob­bit: An Unex­pected Jour­ney topped the for­eign box office. It made $138.2 mil­lion at 18,200 screens in 56 countries.

Mean­while, the Dis­ney 3D fam­ily ani­mated film Wreck-It Ralph brought in $4.7 mil­lion in its sev­enth week in 29 coun­tries. It’s made $57.7 mil­lion in for­eign coun­tries so far. Strong North Amer­i­can results mean a world­wide total of $226.5 million.

Sony Animation’s hor­ror com­edy Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, grossed $1.9 mil­lion at 1,755 screens in 50 over­seas coun­tries. Its total for­eign gross has reached $162 million.

DWA’s Guardians on Rise Abroad, Collects $40M

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Though it had tepid results in North Amer­ica, Dream­Works Animation’s Rise of the Guardians col­lected $40 mil­lion in 56 for­eign coun­tries over the weekend.

Dis­trib­uted by Para­mount, Rise of the Guardians was in sec­ond place abroad, sur­passed only by the live-action Twi­light: Break­ing Yawn, Part 2, which gath­ered $48.4 mil­lion from 74 countries.

Appar­ently, the DWA movie will be No. 1 in 20 coun­tries. France was the leader, with $4.7 mil­lion, fol­lowed by Mex­ico, where it gar­nered $3.7 million.

After two weeks, the for­eign total for Guardians is $57 mil­lion. World­wide, it’s grossed almost $106 mil­lion so far.

In North Amer­ica, the movie tied with Steven Spielberg’s Lin­coln for third place at the box office. Each film made $13.5 million.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph was tied for sixth place domes­ti­cally with Killing Them Softly, directed by and star­ring Brad Pitt. Each brought in $7 million.

Guardians Slow to Rise, Opens in Fourth Place

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Such child­hood heroes as the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus save the world in Rise of the Guardians, but they didn’t stop the movie from open­ing in fourth place over the five-day Thanks­giv­ing weekend.

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Chris Pine and Alec Bald­win, the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movie made $32.6 mil­lion since open­ing Wednes­day, includ­ing $24 mil­lion over the week­end itself.

That’s a far cry from the $64 mil­lion made by teen vam­pire sequel The Twi­light Saga: Break­ing Yawn — Part 2 in its sec­ond weekend.

Rise of the Guardians was pro­duced by DWA for about $145 mil­lion. Dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount Pic­tures had expected it to gross $35 mil­lion in its first five days, accord­ing to Box Office Mojo.

Based on children’s author William Joyce’s book series The Guardians of Child­hood, the film is the last being dis­trib­uted by Para­mount will release for DWA. Next year, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movies will be dis­trib­uted by Fox.

Observ­ing “the great par­ent reac­tions we’ve seen” to the film, Anne Globe, Dream­works’ chief mar­ket­ing offi­cer, said it was one of the few choices for fam­i­lies through the end of the year. The stu­dio is “hop­ing for very long legs through the hol­i­days,” she added.

In sixth place was Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which brought in $23 mil­lion. It was in fourth place the pre­vi­ous week­end. So far, Wreck-It Ralph has made $149.5 mil­lion domestically.

The North Amer­i­can box office for the Thanks­giv­ing week­end (Wednes­day to Sun­day) reached $290 mil­lion, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous hol­i­day week­end record of $273 mil­lion set in 2009, when The Twi­light Saga: New Moon was the leader.

Week­end ticket sales in the United States and Canada were com­piled by the box office divi­sion of Hollywood.com.

Wreck-It Ralph Destroys Competition, Makes $49.1M

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph” topped the box office at $49.1 mil­lion to achieve the highest-grossing open­ing week­end in Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion history.

Fol­low­ing super­storm Sandy, there actu­ally was an increase in the­ater atten­dance in areas affected.

In a dis­tant sec­ond place was Den­zel Washington’s live-action Flight, which sold $25 mil­lion in tick­ets at United States and Cana­dian the­aters, accord­ing to stu­dio esti­mates Sunday.

Wreck-It Ralph had been pre­dicted to earn grosses in the mid-$40 mil­lion range this week­end, said Paul Der­garabe­dian, pres­i­dent of the box office divi­sion of Hollywood.com.

Last week­end, the box office was luke­warm as the U.S. East Coast pre­pared for Sandy.

Week­end ticket sales at inter­na­tional the­aters for films dis­trib­uted abroad by Hol­ly­wood stu­dios put Wreck-It Ralph in fourth place at $12 million.

Movie atten­dance in areas affected by the storm was “very healthy,” accord­ing to Dave Hol­lis, exec­u­tive vice-president of film dis­tri­b­u­tion at Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios. School clo­sures Fri­day boosted mati­nee screen­ings, he added.

In a nice way, Wreck-It Ralph, in areas affected by the storm, ended up actu­ally becom­ing an oppor­tu­nity to relieve your­self from the real­ity that might be going on around you. We saw the the­ater busi­ness around areas affected by the storm very healthy,” Hol­lis said.

The storm and its impact — I don’t know if it was a func­tion of cabin fever or just escap­ing by get­ting into a movie the­ater, but there was def­i­nitely a gravitating-towards-the-theater phenomenon.

Wreck-It Ralph became some­thing of a dis­trac­tion and an oppor­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to do some­thing sep­a­rate of the storm. Schools being shut down on Fri­day also played a role as par­ents were look­ing for things to enter­tain the kids and keep them out of the cold,” Hol­lis added.

Over a decade in devel­op­ment, Wreck-It Ralph cost an esti­mated $165 mil­lion to pro­duce. It was made by the team behind Disney’s ani­mated movie Tan­gled, which set the pre­vi­ous high­est open­ing week­end gross with $48.8 mil­lion in 2010.

The Dis­ney movie would ben­e­fit from school being out in a large num­ber of big urban and sub­ur­ban east­ern mar­kets, they were always going to have a very good open­ing, I think they got a lit­tle help on Fri­day,” acknowl­edged Don Har­ris, pres­i­dent of dis­tri­b­u­tion at rival stu­dio Para­mount Pictures.

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia was in sev­enth place at the North Amer­i­can box office with $4.5 mil­lion and third over­seas with another $13.7 million.

Also abroad, Mada­gas­car 3 took in $7.9 mil­lion to reach #5, while Franken­wee­nie was 10th with $5.3 million.

The North Amer­i­can box office gross increased 21 per­cent over the same week­end last year.

Final domes­tic fig­ures are sched­uled for release Monday.


Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record For Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

After open­ing at the top of Italy’s box office this past week­end, Fox’s Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 – now holds the record for the highest-grossing ani­mated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 mil­lion debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised for­eign cumu­la­tive grosses for the sequel to $693.9 mil­lion. Bar­ring the unfore­seen, it’ll top the $700 mil­lion mark in for­eign lands.

Over the week­end, Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift made $8.7 mil­lion from 1,055 loca­tions in four over­seas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest inter­na­tional release of any film — ani­mated or oth­er­wise — in history.

Hotel Transylvania Opens in 1st Place in Russia

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

There were many guests at “Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia” in Rus­sia over the week­end, where the ani­mated film opened at No. 1 with $5 mil­lion from 797 screens.

Over­all, the movie col­lected $14.5 mil­lion from 4,510 venues in 38 coun­tries. So far, it’s had a $68.3 mil­lion over­seas gross.

In the United King­dom, Dream­Works Animation’s Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted made just $9.6 mil­lion in 519 the­atres. This past week­end, the three­quel was seen at 2,236 spot in 28 for­eign coun­tries for $14.9 mil­lion. Dis­trib­uted over­seas by Para­mount, Mada­gas­car 3 has made a cumu­la­tive $482.9 mil­lion overseas.

Franken­wee­nie brought in $4.1 mil­lion from 19 coun­tries dur­ing its sec­ond over­seas week­end for a cumu­la­tive for­eign total of $11.9 million.