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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.

Frankenweenie Collects $4.9 Million Overseas



Tim Burton’s comedy-horror animated movie “Frankenweenie” opened in nine overseas countries over the weekend to take in $4.9 million.

Directed, co-produced and co-written by Burton, Disney’s Frankenweenie has made $5.3 million abroad so far. It’s grossed $22 million in the United States and Canada over two weekends.

Meanwhile, Sony Animation’s 3D Hotel Transylvania opened in second place in the United Kingdom, gathering $2.8 million at 704 locations. This past weekend, it drew $13.7 million at 3,669 screens in 24 countries. So far, Hotel Transylvania has grossed $49.3 million abroad.

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted remains No. 1 in Austria and Germany. In its second weekend in Germany, it took in $4.9 million at 742 locations.

Overall, Madagascar 3 made $10.1 million from 2,530 screens in 32 countries this weekend for a cumulative foreign gross total of $465 million. The movie opens this week in Britain.

The Fox blockbuster Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $3.3 million at 721 theaters in four countries this weekend, raising the cumuluative foreign gross to $707.4 million.

This week, Universal’s ParaNorman opens in four countries, including Turkey and Uruguay.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-taken-2-frankenweenie-looper-ted-378856]

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.

[Via Screen Daily — www.screendaily.com/box-office/ice-age-4-sets-animation-record-retribution-tops-intl-charts/5047189.article, The Hollywood Reporter — www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-hotel-transylvania-taken-liam-neeson-375216]

Hotel Transylvania A Monster Animation Success, Sucks Up $43M

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Talk about a monster movie!

Animated 3-D family film Hotel Transylvania debuted over the weekend at the top of the United States and Canadian box office with $43 million, setting an all-time record for a September opening of a movie.

Featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez, the hotel opened way ahead of live-action science fiction flick Looper, which collected $21.2 million between Friday and Sunday for second place.

Strong results for both movies helped resurrect a box office that has slowed over several weekd.

Domestic grosses for Hotel Transylvania were way ahead of distributor Sony Corporation’s prediction for at least $25 million in North America. Another $8.1 million was made overseas for a global opening of $51.1 million.

“It’s absolutely an incredible result,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for the Sony Pictures studio. He said that the studio had hoped for a gross around $30 million. Even that, he observed, “in this market would have been extraordinary.”

Hotel Transylvania cost $85 million to produce.

Sony Pictures Animation premiered Hotel Transylvania at 1,700 venues overseas. It opened at No. 1 in Mexico, contributing $3.6 million from 525 screens. In Australia, it opened at No. 3, bringing in $2.2 million from 465 locations.

The movie’s opening North American gross was far ahead of the previous September record-holder, Sweet Home Alabama, which debuted at $35.65 million a decade ago. However, considering the higher ticket prices these days, Sweet Home Alabama sold more tickets.

As well, Sony distributed live-action time-travel tale Looper, starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.

“Sony really kind of saved the day here, turning things around after a full month of less-than-stellar box office,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “The post-summer period didn’t exactly set the world on fire.”

Sony was able to distribute two movies that didn’t have overlapping audiences. That enabled it to take the step — unusual for a single studio — of opening two wide releases on the same weekend.

Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift opened in Italy this weekend, grossing an enormous $7.8 million at 906 theaters. Overall, the series entry made $8.7 million at 1,055 locations sites in four countries abroad. The family film sequel has made a cumulative foreign total of $693.9 million, thus becoming the highest-grossing animated movie ever released overseas.

Even after 17 weeks abroad, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is still generating money. Over the weekend, it made $6.1 million at 1,514 locations in 28 foreign countries. Overseas, it’s made a total of $422.7 million, with openings in Germany and Austria scheduled this week.

Pixar’s Brave made $5.2 million in this, its 15th overseas weekend, in 55 countries. The total foreign gross now stands at $281.9 million.

Distributed abroad by Universal, Laika Entertainment’s ParaNorman collected $2.3 million at 1,900 venues in 36 countries for a foreign total of $32.4 million.

[Via Reuters — news.yahoo.com/monsters-rule-box-office-hotel-transylvania-160632797–sector.html, Associated Press — news.yahoo.com/hotel-transylvania-checks-43m-debut-154646517–finance.html, The Hollywood Reporterwww.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-hotel-transylvania-taken-liam-neeson-375216]

Dracula To Take A Big Bite Out Of BO?

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

Sony Pictures Animation is set to take a big bite out of weekend box office with the release of the animated film Hotel Transylvania. Bets are on that the 3D film will slide to an easy victory in the weekend race to sales, with estimates raising as high as 35 million for the film.

Interestingly enough, one of the other two new releases this weekend is also from Sony, “Looper.” Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Rian Johnson, Looper is expected to come in at second place at 22 million. The third film will be a distant third, an expended box office bomb called, “Won’t Back Down.”

With a budget of about 100 million, Hotel Transylvania has had a long and troubled past. Various directors have included Anthony Stacchi, David Feiss and Jill Culton, with Genndy Tartakovsky helming the final version. In February of 2012 Selena Gomez replaced Miley Cyrus as Mavis.

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little-known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad.

Overprotective of his teenage daughter Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Frank is also known as Frankenstein. Eunice is his in-your-face, over-the-top and larger-than-life Bride. Quasimodo, once the hunchback of Notre Dame, is now a crazy, passionate gourmet chef always looking for his next piece de resistance. Wayne and Wanda are a pair of married, harried werewolves, parents to an ever-increasing litter of pups, who are looking forward to their family vacation at the hotel.

Murray, a boisterous Mummy, was once entertainer to the great Pharaohs, and is now the life of the party, and always feeling the urge to let loose and sing. Jonathan is a 21-year-old regular guy, carefree and full of life, whose world travels land him at the Hotel.

ParaNorman Retains First Place in UK; Nemo Finding Fourth



Thanks to a No. 1 finish in its second weekend in the United Kingdom, Laika Entertainment’s ParaNorman made $3 million from 2,200 venues in 39 overseas countries this past weekend.

Distributed abroad by Universal, the animated comedy made $1.9 million at 479 British locations for a cumulative total of $4.7 million in the country over 10 days.

ParaNorman had strong openings in Sweden, Poland and Denmark over the weekend as well. Its total foreign gross has now reached $29.2 million.

Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s partly animated comedy-fantasy Ted has grossed a total of $202.8 million internationally, though it’s still to be seen in 12 countries. It’s the third Universal movie so far this year to gross over $200 million abroad.

This past weekend, Ted grossed $9.3 million at 2,800 locations in 43 countries, debuting in Brazil to make $1.3 million at 247 theaters. In its second weekend in Mexico, Ted experienced a 7% increase in grosses, collecting $2.3 million on 465 screens to make $6.2 million over 10 days south of the border. This week, the movie opens in five countries, including South Korea and Hong Kong.

Pixar-Disney’s Brave brought in $5.7 million from 55 countries this weekend. It’s now made $508 million around the world, including $274.4 million overseas.

A 16-week veteran of foreign screens, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted finally opened in New Zealand — at No. 1 — and stayed at the top of the box office in its second weekend in Australia. The threequel grossed $2.6 million from 277 screens for a cumulative total of $8.1 million in the market.

Distributed by Paramount, the DreamWorks Animation movie made $4.6 million at 1,712 venues in 33 countries, grossing a foreign total of $411.9 million since it first screened overseas.

Paramount’s release of Tad, the Lost Explorer stayed at No. 1 in the Spanish box office for the fourth weekend in a row. The latest entry in the the Tadeo Jones animation franchise made $1.6 million at 323 venues over the weekend, contributing to a $13.8 million total in Spain. The movie opened in South Korea this weekend, reaching No. 5.

In domestic box office, End of Watch and House At The End of the Street tied with 13 million each, closely followed by Trouble With The Curve with 12.7 million.The Finding Nemo 3D re-release placed fourth with  9.5 million,  beating out Resident Evil at fifth.

More Moviegoers Find Resident Evil Than Nemo

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo” narrowly lost the swimming race with Resident Evil: Retribution at the North American box office this past weekend, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

A 3D version of the 2003 Pixar-Disney smash hit, Finding Nemo charted at No. 2 spot in the United States and Canada to open at $17.5 million, according to Disney.

By contrast, live-action horror sequel Resident Evil: Retribution ruled the roost with $21.1 million.

The 3D version of Finding Nemo has collected $5.1 million in seven overseas countries, including $1.3 million over the past weekend. The initial release of Finding Nemo brought in $527.9 million abroad.

The winner of the Academy Award for best animated feature film, Finding Nemo grossed $868 million worldwide during its first run, making it one of the most successful releases from Disney’s Pixar animation studio. The underwater comedy featured the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe.

This weekend’s 3D re-release cost little, with the Mouse House spending under $5 million to convert the movie to 3D. Box office results were a bit lower than Disney’s initial projections. However, according to Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice-president for motion picture distribution, the gross was similar to those of earlier 3D re-release openings.

“It’s great for families during the day, and then couples at night,” said Hollis. There was a balance of age and gender among those seeing the movie this weekend, he added.

Hollywood.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian said he was somewhat surprised that the latest incarnation of Resident Evil would top the box office. He thought that Finding Nemo would be the winner, what with the continued success of Pixar films and last year’s strong opening Disney’s 1994 animated movie The Lion King in 3-D, which debuted at No. 1 with $30.1 million — and which eventually brought in $94 million.

This weekend, animated children’s movie Paranorman, distributed by Universal, was in fifth place in North America with $3 million. In Britain, it reached No. 1 or No. 2, making $2.2 million from 481 venues.

Paranorman opened abroad in eight markets, making $3.8 million overall at 2,700 theaters in 36 countries. So far, the Focus Features film has made $25 million overseas.

On Monday, Seth MacFarlane’s partly animated comedy-fantasy Ted is expected to beat 2009’s The Hangover as the biggest-grossing original R-rated comedy released abroad. So far, Ted made $189 million overseas.

Ted debuted this weekend to collect $2.1 million at 463 venues. Overall, it generated $8.1 million from 2,800 screens in 43 countries. It’s made $406 million around the world and still hasn’t been shown in 17 foreign countries.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opened at No. 1 in Australia, collecting $4.4 million (including previews) at 265 locations. It reached $405 million abroad after making $6.9 million at 2,134 venues in 33 lands.

Tad: The Lost Explorer, the latest entry in the Tadeo Jones animation series, remains No. 1 in Spain. Released by Paramount to 333 theaters, it’s made $2 million in its third weekend, raising the cumulative total to $11.7 million in Spain — the only country where the film’s been screened so far.

[Reuters — news.yahoo.com/resident-evil-retribution-swims-past-finding-nemo-172727782–sector.html?_esi=1, Associated Press — news.yahoo.com/resident-evil-rules-box-office-21-1m-155335844–finance.html?_esi=1, The Hollywood Reporter www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-madagascar-3-ted-seth-mcfarlane-370653]