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‘Frozen’ Tops Digital Sales And Rentals For 2014′s First Half

By | Tuesday July 22, 2014 @ 3:38pm PDT

‘Frozen’ Tops Digital Sales And Rentals For 2014′s First HalfFrozenalready the all-time animation box-office champ and an Oscar winner, has added another jewel to its icy crown: Rentrak says the Walt Disney Animation feature topped the charts for the first half of 2014 in digital movie purchases and rentals on VOD and electronic sellthrough. Nearly all the other films in the top 10 were Oscar nominees tooeven the Jackass-produced comedy Bad Grandpa, which snagged a nomination for best makeup and hairstyling. It appears everyone spent that very chilly winter of 2014 catching up on the Oscar contenders they didn’t watch in theaters.

There is one important caveat to this list, however: It does not include any films from NBCUniversal, nor from indie studios (whatever size studio we count Lionsgate as these days, its Hunger Games sequel made the list at a not-that-surprising No. 2). Rentrak said that though it couldn’t include individual Universal films for the list, the studio’s products as a whole were No. 1 for both overall transactions and retail revenue during the period, which ran from the week of January 5 to June 29.

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Costume Designers Guild Awards: Patricia Norris Wins For ’12 Years A Slave’, Suzy Benzinger For ‘Blue Jasmine’, Trish Summerville For ‘Catching Fire’, TV Winners ‘Downton Abbey’; ‘House Of Cards’, ‘Behind The Candelabra’

AwardsLine Deputy Editor Anna Lisa Raya provided on-scene coverage tonight.

costume-designers-guild__130220000932UPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: 12 Years A Slave’s Patricia Norris and Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Trish malinaSummerville nabbed top film awards tonight at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. Norris won the Outstanding Period Film Award while Summerville scored the Outstanding Fantasy Film Award. The win clearly vaults Oscar-nominated Norris into frontrunner status. She was not present but her son Patrick accepted on her behalf. “She guaranteed me this wouldn’t happen. I’m kind of a little nervous but she gave me a few things to say in case it did happen. She’s honored that the Costume Designers Guild has recognized her. She thanks you and I appreciate you. I can’t wait to give this to her,” he said. Blue Jasmine’s Suzy Benzinger took the third film award of the night for Outstanding Contemporary Film.

On the TV side, Caroline McCall took the Outstanding Period/Fantasy category for Downton Abbey. This was her second straight win in the same category. Ellen Mirojnick won Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries for Behind The Candelabra and Tom Broecker took the Outstanding Contemporary Television Series honor for House Of Cards.

In other awards, writer/director/producer Judd Apatow received the Distinguished Collaborator 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste - Backstage And AudienceAward for his support of costume design in such work as Freaks And Geeks, Girls, Bridesmaids and the Anchorman films. Jonah Hill made a surprise appearance to present the award to Apatow. “I wouldn’t necessarily think of Judd for the costume design in his films, it’s not the first thing to come to mind,” Hill said, before adding that Apatow’s work resonates because it’s about real people wearing real clothes. “That’s an artform. That’s real life. That’s what Judd does.” Apatow gave shout-outs to the many costume designers with whom he’s worked. “So many amazing people throughout our careers. Thank you so much and thank you for making us look good and making these characters come alive.” Veteran costume designer April Ferry (Maverick, Elysium) received the Career Achievement Award. “I absolutely love what I do and for me there’s no other way. Over the last 30 years I’ve traveled to ancient Rome all the way to the future and beyond. If you’re lucky, like I’ve been, you work at the seat of your pants with wonderful people,” Ferry said in accepting her award. The Distinguished Service Award went to Sharon Day, a guild delegate and former executive board member. Amy Adams was honored with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which recognizes an actor whose roles have been intrinsically tied to costume design. Adams most recently stunned in a sexy, glamorous 1970s-era wardrobe in American Hustle, for which she’s nominated for a best lead actress Oscar. “I’m just really, really lucky to have had relationships with costume designers thorughout the years. You’ve been magicians, you’ve been my therapists, you’ve been my friends. Thank you for allowing me to turn your visions into art,” Adams said.

Host Joshua Malina kicked off the evening. “I’m Joshua Malina, and I’m a 42 Reg. I have a 32 inch waist and a 30 inch inseam. Yes, I said 30 inches. Don’t judge, we’re all God’s creatures,” he joked. “We’re here to celebrate the collaboration of costume designers and directors and actors. There’s also the talented cutters, and seamstresses, the dye-ers, the shoemakers. We’re all here together tonight and so far, getting along nicely,” he said.

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New Year’s Box Office Update: ‘Hobbit’ Crosses $200M U.S., ‘Hunger Games’ On Verge of $400M; ‘Frozen’ Ices Competition, ‘American Hustle.’ ‘Wolf’ Playing Hard, ‘Anchorman 2′ Nears $100M

THIS WEEKEND OPENERS: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (PAR, wide)

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x206__131207011855THURSDAY, 8:09 AM: Since Christmas fell on a Wednesday this year and New Year’s Eve on a Tuesday, the studios are enjoying a long holiday run at the box office that will continue through Sunday. Through the New Year’s holiday, The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug surpassed $200M for Warner Bros.’/MGM, but it was Disney’s animated musical Frozen that has iced the competition since Sunday, taking in solid midweek numbers and climbing its way past such 2013 powerhouse grosses as Gravity and Fast & Furious 6 to earn about $263.1M at the end of calendar year 2013. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to cross the $400M mark for Lionsgate either tonight or tomorrow. Sony and Annapurna’s American Hustle is rolling past $70M and the studio is hoping to edge into $90M by the weekend — a much-needed surge for the studio as it heads into the middle of awards season. However, box office for the rest of the week will be impacted by a massive snowstorm hitting the Northeast that will have about 70M people digging out and facing bitter temperatures. Paramount is reaping a big box office take for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues both here and abroad, with an estimated domestic gross of about $95.5M through Wednesday. New Year’s Day was strong for almost all of the top 12. Those pics receiving the highest percentage … Read More »

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Christmas Box Office Update: Last Weekend Of 2013 Up 8.1% On More Movies In Marketplace, ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Frozen,’ Together Take 34% Out Of Weekend, ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Hustle,’ ‘Wolf’ Follow

CHRISTMAS DAY OPENERS: The Wolf Of Wall Street (Paramount, wide) sliding down to No. 5 in 3-day, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Fox, wide), 47 Ronin (Universal, wide) bomb, Grudge Match (Warner Bros, wide), Justin Bieber’s Believe (Open Road, moderate), The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics, ltd), Lone Survivor (Universal, 2 runs), August: Osage County (The Weinstein Co, ltd on Friday) $35,000 per screen wknd.

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x206UPDATE: MONDAY, 2:42 PM: Year-to-date industry box office numbers are in, showing a slight increase of less than one percentage point from last year, or about $90M difference. Specifically, 2013 grosses rose .8% to $10.763B for the year ending 12/29/13 vs. $10.674B for the year ending 12/30/12 (as previously reported it would be less than 1%). When you just look at the Top Ten films in the marketplace over the last weekend of 2012 vs 2013, there was an overall increase this year of 8.1% in grosses, according to Rentrak. In analyzing these numbers, one must take into account that this year there were simply more movies in the marketplace. We must also look at attendance and ticket prices increases or decreases. But those specific attendance figures and average tickets prices, which will round out the big picture, won’t be released by the National Association of Theater Owners for another few weeks. In the meantime, here are the 3-day and 5-day Christmas holiday box office weekend numbers from Rentrak. These are the best estimates available, given that the studios only reported their estimates and the actuals won’t arrive until Thursday.

1). The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (WB), $29,040,000 (3-day), $48,870,000 (5-day), 3,928 locations, $189,494,000, Wk 3.

2. Frozen (DIS), $28,596,319 (3-day), $44,059,244 (5-day), 3,335 locations, $248,117,795, Wk 6.

3). Anchorman 2 (PAR), $19,662,000 (3-day), $35,126,000 (5-day), 3,507 locations, $83,180,000, Wk 2.

4). American Hustle (SONY), $18,701,000 (3-day), $32,451,000 (5-day), 2,507 locations, $59,185,000, Wk 3.

5). The Wolf Of Wall Street (PAR), $18,360,000 (3-day), $34,151,000 (5-day), 2,537 locations, $34,152,000, Wk 1.

6). Saving Mr. Banks (DISNEY) $13,453,533 (3-day), $23,261,566 (5-day), 2,110 locations, $37,276,150, Wk 3.

7). The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Fox), $12,765,508 (3-day), $25,360,468 (5-day), 2,909 locations, $25,360,468, Wk 1

8). The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (LGF) $10,061,479 (3-day), $15,629,461 (5-day), 2,315 locations, $390,985,322, Wk 6

9). 47 Ronin (Uni) $9,910,310 (3-day), $20,612,531 (5-day) 2,689 locations, $20,612,530, Wk 1.

10). Walking With Dinosaurs (Fox) $7,276,172 (3-day), $11,151,353 (5-day) 3,243 locations, $20,944,478, Wk 2

11). Grudge Match (WB) $7,015,000 (3-day), $13.4M (5-day), 2,838 locations, $13,140,000, Wk 1

12). Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (LGF) $6,887,194 (3-day), $12.4M (5-day), 1,788 locations, $43,206,270, Wk 3.
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‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Now You See Me’ Drive Lionsgate To Become Billion Dollar Baby 2nd Year Running; Company Box Office Take To Date: $2.25 Billion Worldwide

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 7:17am PST

The Hunger Games: Catching FireDriven by the phenomenal success of its blockbuster franchise Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Summit Entertainment’s Now You See Me – the sleeper hit heist film which grossed a whopping $235M internationally — Lionsgate announced this morning that it has grossed more than $1 billion at the domestic box office and another $1 billion-plus internationally for the second year in a row. In 2013, Lionsgate achieved its best year to date in China with six films which grossed an estimated $116.3 million in that territory. It has an 8% marketshare in China and, overall, its international cumes have been buoyed by other markets, such as Latin America, the UK and Russia.

Lionsgate passed the $1 billion mark this past Sunday in North America when Catching Fire added another estimated $8.5M domestically for a total cume to date of $371.5M. Internationally, it brought in another $11M in 83 territories for a total of $393.6M. All told, Lionsgate has grossed an estimated $1.025 billion domestically and another $1.227 billion at the international box office for a worldwide box office total of approximately $2.252 billion to date. That figure will jump higher as Catching Fire is still playing in theaters around the world. It is Catching Fire that amounts for the lion’s share for Lionsgate: The second installment of the franchise has grossed a total of $765M worldwide just in its first five weeks of release. It has outperformed the … Read More »

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‘Catching Fire’ Estimated To Bring In $18M In IMAX Theaters Worldwide In Opener

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 9:03am PST

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has grossed $18 million in IMAX theaters worldwide and $12.6 million in 347 screens in North America since its Friday release. That’s the best three-day domestic opening for November in IMAX history, topping the previous record set by Sony’s Skyfall in November 2012, IMAX said today. The second film in the Hunger Games franchise also led IMAX to its second best overall weekend ever with total worldwide grosses reaching $25.7 million.

Related: ‘Catching Fire’s Global Opening Gross Will Hit $307.7 Million

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