VOD Vs. DVD Battle Goes Day-And-Date In Australia

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 1:15am PDT

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney

September marks a new watershed in the fight for home entertainment dollars in Oz. Nearly every Hollywood film, including new releases The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Men In Black 3 and The Five-Year Engagement, and most indie titles, will be available simultaneously on VOD and DVD. The collapsing of windows has been driven by the U.S. majors looking to boost VOD revenues to help compensate for the contracting DVD business. The strategy has been welcomed by Oz’s many VOD services who say it’s resulting in a lift in buy-rates. Brendon Moo, general manager of Foxtel On Demand and Pay Per View, says subscribers per capita buy four times as many movies as those who subscribe to Britain’s BSkyB.

The gap between DVD and VOD releases was originally 90 days. In the past few years that was shortened to 60 days and progressively to 45 and 30; now it’s zero except for independent distributors like Anchor Bay and Eagle Entertainment. The first simultaneous DVD/VOD release was The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button in 2010. Sony Pictures began releasing its films day-and-date earlier this year and Tim Harris, director digital & acquisitions, says, “We expect revenue to grow as the consumer embraces the convenience and quality of the format.” Home entertainment retailers are keen Read More »

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Barry Sonnenfeld Has To Pay UTA $325K For ‘Men In Black 3′ As Arbitration Is Upheld

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 2:51pm PDT

A federal judge has ruled that director Barry Sonnenfeld does have to pay his former agency UTA up to $325,000 in fees for Men In Black 3. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero denied … Read More »

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‘The Avengers’ Soars But ‘Battleship’ And ‘The Dictator’ Sink In Profit Tally: Kagan

The Avengers Profit MarvelOnly two of eight major movies released last month are clearly destined to make a profit — and one of them is, surprise!, Marvel’s The Avengers — according to SNL Kagan’s latest monthly tally. The firm … Read More »

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Sony’s ‘MIB 3′ Passes $400 Million Worldwide

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 1:03pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures has announced that after hitting $398.8 million last night, MIB 3 is poised to move beyond $400 million in worldwide revenue today. That will surely put the film on course to eclipse the $441 million worldwide that Men Read More »

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SUMMER SLUMP? Will Smith’s ‘MIB3′ Slows To $70M Memorial Weekend; Fifth Major Movie To Disappoint; Global Cume $203.2M; ‘Avengers’ Still Setting Box Office Records

May 25-28 Weekend Actuals, Memorial Day Weekend

1. Men in Black 3 3D (Columbia/Sony) NEW [4,248 Theaters] PG13
Friday $17.7M, Saturday $19.1M, Sunday $17.8M, Monday $14.7
3-Day Weekend $54.6M, 4-Day Holiday $69.3M,

2. Marvel’s The Avengers 3D (Disney) Week 4 [3,918 Theaters] PG13
Friday $9.7M, Saturday $14.1M, Sunday $13M, Monday $10.5M
3-Day Weekend $36.7M, 4-Day Holiday $47.2M (-15%), Cume $523.9M

3. Battleship (Universal) Week 2 [3,702 Theaters] PG13
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.1M, Sunday $3.9M, Monday $2.9M
3-Day Weekend $11.1M, 4-Day Holiday $13.9M (-45%), Cume $47.4M

4. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 2 [3,014 Theaters] R
Friday $2.8M, Saturday $3.3M, Sunday $3.2M, Monday $2.2M
3-Day Weekend $9.3M, 4-Day Holiday $11.5M (-34%), Cume $43.3M

5. Dark Shadows 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,404 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $2.8M, Sunday $2.6M, Monday $1.9M
3-Day Weekend $7.5M, 4-Day Holiday $9.4M (-25%), Cume $64.9M

6. Chernobyl Diaries (Alcon/Warner Bros) NEW [2,433 Theaters] R
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $2.4M, Sunday $2.0M, Monday $1.4M
3-Day Weekend $8.0M, 4-Day Holiday $9.4M

7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) Week 2 [3,021
Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.2M (-42%), Saturday $2.6M, Sunday $2.3M, Monday $1.7M
3-Day Weekend $7.1M, 4-Day Holiday $8.8M (-17%), Cume $23.8M

8. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [1,233
Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.5M, Sunday $2.3M, Monday $2M
3-Day Weekend $6.4M, 4-Day Holiday $8.4M (+159%), Cume $18.6M

9. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 10 [1,421 Theaters] PG13
Friday $600K, Saturday $882K, Sunday $829K, Monday $702K
3-Day Weekend $2.3M, 4-Day Holiday $3.0M (+2%), Cume $396.0M

10. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 6 [786 Theaters] PG13
Friday $405K, Saturday $560K, Sunday $500K, Monday $349K
3-Day Weekend $1.5M, 4-Day Holiday $1.8M (-32%), Cume $88.7M

MONDAY, 6TH UPDATESo Men In Black 3 officially opened with a $55M three-day weekend and a $70M four-day Memorial Holiday. (Although rival studios say the numbers are slightly less: $54.5M/$68M.) That’s still not anywhere close to the $90M where Hollywood thought this popular franchise would debut its threequel, or the $80M which Sony Pictures expected. Even not adjusted for the 3D premium or higher ticket prices or inflation, MIB3 couldn’t beat Will Smith’s I Am Legend ($77M in 2007) or Hancock ($62M in 2008). MIB3‘s  international number is $133.2M for a worldwide cume of $203.2M. IMAX sales contributed worldwide approximately $12.5M, which is 20% higher than their previous record for a worldwide memorial day release. Problem is that MIB3 was very expensive to make at a cost of between $225M to $300M. Plus, demonstrating more trouble for Hollywood, overall moviegoing of $190M for this holiday weekend was down a huge -31% from last year’s record. For more analysis, see below:

Here’s the Top Ten (based on 4-day holiday estimates):

1. Men in Black 3 3D (Columbia/Sony) NEW [4,248 Theaters] PG13
Friday $17.8M, Saturday $19.2M, Sunday $17.9M, Estimated Monday $15.0M
3-Day Weekend $55M, 4-Day Holiday $70M,
International Cume $133.2M, Global Cume $203.2M

2. Marvel’s The Avengers 3D (Disney) Week 4 [3,918 Theaters] PG13
Friday $9.6M, Saturday $14.1M, Sunday $13.2M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $36.7M, 4-Day Holiday $46.8M, Cume $523.6M
International Cume $281.9M, Global Cume $1.305B

3. Battleship (Universal) Week 2 [3,702 Theaters] PG13
Friday $3.0M (-65%), Saturday $4.1M, Sunday $3.8M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $10.9M, 4-Day Holiday $13.8M, Cume $47.3M
International Cume $232.4M, Global Cume $279.7M

4. The Dictator (Paramount) Week 2 [3,014 Theaters] R
Friday $2.7M (-51%), Saturday $3.3M, Sunday $3.1M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $9.2M, 4-Day Holiday $11.7M, Cume $43.6M
International Cume $50.3M, Global Cume $93.9M

5. Dark Shadows 3D (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,404 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.0M, Saturday $2.8M, Sunday $2.5M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $7.4M, 4-Day Holiday $9.4M, Cume $64.9M
International Cume $106.6M, Global Cume $171.5M

6. Chernobyl Diaries (Alcon/Warner Bros) NEW [2,433 Theaters] R
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $2.0M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $7.9M, 4-Day Holiday $9.3M

7. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) Week 2 [3,021
Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.2M (-42%), Saturday $2.6M, Sunday $2.2M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $7.1M, 4-Day Holiday $8.8M, Cume $23.8M

8. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [1,233
Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $2.4M, Sunday $2.2M, Monday
3-Day Weekend $6.3M, 4-Day Holiday $8.2M, Cume $18.4M

9. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 10 [1,421 Theaters] PG13
Friday $593K, Saturday $875K, Sunday $800K, Monday
3-Day Weekend $2.2M, 4-Day Holiday $2.8M, Cume $395.8M
International Cume $249M, Global Cume $644.2M

10. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 6 [786 Theaters] PG13
Friday $395K, Saturday $540K, Sunday $480K, Monday
3-Day Weekend $1.4M, 4-Day Holiday $1.8M, Cume $88.7M

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: A lot was riding on this weekend’s worldwide totals for Will Smith (back at cineplexes after a 4-year hiatus) and Sony (reviving a costly Columbia Pictures franchise that was dormant for a decade). But Memorial Weekend newcomer Men In Black 3 is now the 5th major studio release that has underperformed domestically at the start of Summer 2012. Plus, demonstrating more trouble for Hollywood, overall moviegoing of $190M is down a huge -31% from last year’s record. Overseas, MIB3 was off to a better start, and Sony is projecting it to take in an estimated $202M worldwide total during its first few days of release in 106 territories. Of that, IMAX sales contributed approximately $12M to the global cume, which is 20% higher than the previous record for a worldwide Memorial Day release because of aggressive IMAX building overseas. Sony said MIB3 was #1 in 104 countries. In this country, yes, MIB3 finally vanquished three-time #1  Marvel’s The Avengers which was starting its 4th week in domestic release. Even so there’s continuing good news for Disney’s 3D superhero assembly: it crossed $500M on Saturday, reaching the mark in just 23 days which is setting a new speed record (better than Avatarwhich took 32 days). In 3,918 theaters, it’s a solid #2 with about a $36.9M three-day weekend and a $48.5M Memorial Holiday. It is currently the #4 film of all time globally and domestically and is currently the #5 film of all time internationally, passing Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($771M) this weekend. Even if Avengers weren’t sucking the air out of North American box office, trust me when I say the movie moguls are worried what lies ahead for their films in June after a dismal domestic May… Read More »

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Sony Pictures Pulls Out The Stops For New York ‘Men In Black 3′ Premiere

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 12:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Given the way studios have cut back on lavish movie premieres in recent years, the New York debut of Sony Pictures’ Men In Black 3 was something to behold, and harkened back on to more fun days. The post … Read More »

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‘Men In Black 3′ Arrives As Sony, Cinemas Still At Odds Over Who Pays For 3D Glasses

Men In Black 3 opens Friday and it’ll be on plenty of 3D screens despite disagreement between exhibitors and Sony Pictures Entertainment over who should pay for 3D glasses. Movie studios have been footing the bill for … Read More »

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Sony Presents Slick Product Reel: CinemaCon

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:42am PDT
Pete Hammond

Wednesday night was Sony‘s night to shine at CinemaCon in Las Vegas as they became the first major studio to simply present a straight and slickly produced product reel rather than a more elaborate dog and pony show in which … Read More »

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Arbitrator Rules Barry Sonnenfeld Owes UTA For ‘Men In Black III’

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 12:32pm PDT

Barry Sonnenfeld must pay UTA up to $325,000 on his paycheck from Men In Black III, a DGA/ATA arbitration ruling revealed today. The director’s former agency will get even more if there are more sequels of the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi franchise. The seven-page ruling (read it here) filed today in LA Superior Court determines that Sonnenfeld owes 10% of the $3.5 million he’s getting for the film. Men in Black III comes out on May 25, 2012. Read More »

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SNL: Josh Brolin Acts Out ‘Men In Black 3′

By | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 2:51am PDT

Well, sort of… Also he calls his return to hosting Saturday Night Live “career-endingly stupid”… Oh c’mon, stupider than starring in the dreadful Jonah Hex?

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Hot Trailer: ‘Men In Black 3′

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

Sony’s first trailer for the sequel launched back in December with a worldwide push. Here’s the second trailer for Men In Black 3, which is set for a May 25, 2012 premiere.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Men In Black 3′

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 8:20am PST

Here’s the first-look trailer Sony Pictures announced it is launching all over the planet today — at least this planet. The sci-fi tentpole reunites Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld, who teamed on the first two films in the franchise — the previous movie in the … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Launches Global Marketing Campaign For ‘Men In Black 3′

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 6:55am PST

Hot Trailer: ‘Men In Black 3′

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2011 – Sony Pictures and the large network of companies within the Sony family will unite worldwide in support of one of the studio’s most recognized and successful motion picture franchises as the company premieres a first look at Men in Black™ 3 on Monday, December 12, 2011. The launch event, which was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, will reach a potential audience of 749 million people around the world.  Men in Black 3 the movie will be released in theaters worldwide on May 25, 2012.

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Sony’s Columbia Skeds Summer 2012 Slate: ‘I Hate You, Dad’ 6/22; ‘Here Comes The Boom’ 7/27; ‘Total Recall’ Reboot 8/3

Mike Fleming has already scooped extensively on all these movies. Here’s the Sony news release with Summer 2012 dates:

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 – Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to

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Emma Thompson Joins ‘Men In Black 3′

Mike Fleming

Men in Black 3 is casting up. I’m told that Emma Thompson will be taking a lead role of Oh, the head of MIB. She’ll join Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed film for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  She’s negotiating. Principal photography begins in mid-November.

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