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Comic-Con: Disney, Marvel Screen ‘Item 47′

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 9:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Disney and Marvel tonight hosted a fan screening of Item 47, the short film that will be a prelude to the September 25 DVD release of The Avengers. The screening was organized for fans, the culmination of a daylong Avengers and Item 47-themed scavenger hunt. Short was directed by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito and played to a packed house at the Horton plaza theatre. Marvel gets its Hall H panel tomorrow at 6 PM.

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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 says that The Avengers is likely to generate more than $2B in revenues from all sources (excluding merchandise sales) on total costs of $473.2M. The 4.24 ratio of expected revenues over costs is well above the 1.75 threshold that Kagan says establishes a film as clearly profitable. To account for revenue splits, expenses and variables that analysts can’t determine, the firm classifies films with a ratio of less than 1.75 but more than 1.40 as being in a gray area while those below 1.40 are deemed probably unprofitable. By that measure, Fox Searchlight’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fared well, with a ratio of 2.60 ($169.6M in revenues on $65.2M in costs). Columbia’s Men In Black 3 is on the bubble with 1.53 ($687.2M over $450.0M). Films likely to spill red ink include include Universal’s Battleship ($450M over $401.8M), Paramount’s The Dictator ($171.6M over $176.1M), Warner Bros’ Dark Shadows ($279.3M over $293.4M), Warner Bros’ Chernobyl Diaries ($59.4M over $87.4M), and Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting ($66.8M over $121.5M).

Related: Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ #3 Film Of All Time

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Marvel Releases First ‘Iron Man 3′ Photo

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 10:19am PDT

Iron Man 3 PhotosJust two days after The Avengers became the third most successful movie of all time, production has started on Iron Man 3 in North Carolina. Marvel and Disney released this first photo from the film today and it looks like Tony Stark is busy in the lab again.  With Shane Black taking the director’s seat from Jon Favreau, the sequel will be filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as in Florida and China. The gang’s all back with Robert Downey Jr. once again playing billionaire Stark as well as the Amored Avenger himself. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Favreau himself, who is also one of the executive producers on the flim, as Stark’s driver Happy Hogan. Iron Man 3 is set to come out on May 3, 2013.

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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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‘The Avengers’ Makes Marvel A “Good Deal” For Disney, Not A Great One: Analyst

Wall Street dislikes the movie business and hated Disney CEO Bob Iger’s 2009 agreement to pay $4.2B for Marvel, especially after he paid $7.5B for Pixar. So, does the huge success for The Avengers give him the right to boast that he was right all along? Almost, but not quite, Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger seems to conclude in a provocative report this morning. “We agree it was a good deal, but disagree that The Avengers makes that conclusion self-evident,” the analyst says. Pre-Avengers, Disney had to release two Marvel films a year with each grossing an average of $517M worldwide just to make the acquisition break even, Juenger figures. That was an ambitious goal considering that Marvel releases have averaged $417M over the last five years. But The Avengers changes the math: Now each Marvel release has to gross $437M. That’s within range, Juenger says, because the growing demand for films overseas means that “future Marvel films will do better than they have historically.” He estimates that The Avengers will generate a $1.29B profit for Disney with revenues of $3.7B ($2B gross box office, $50M from TV, $1.2B in home video, and $500M from toys and merchandise) and $2.4B in Read More »

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‘Avengers’: $400M In 14 Days Sets New Domestic Speed Record; #6 All Time Highest Grossing Film

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:22am PDT

Marvel’s The Avengers on Thursday set a new domestic speed record, reaching the $400M box office threshold in 14 days. Worldwide, it has passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to become the #6 highest-grossing film of all time and the highest grossing Disney release ever. Internationally it is the #9 highest-grossing film of all time.

The Avengers’ cumulative performance to date: International box office $668.7M and Domestic $402M for Global $1,070.7M.

Additional highlights to date:

· Fastest film to reach $350M (10 days), $300M (9 days), $250M (6 days), $200M (3 days), $150M (3 days) and $100M (2 days) at domestic box office.

· Disney’s fifth release to cross the billion dollar global box office threshold.

· Biggest domestic opening of all time ($207.4M).

· Biggest domestic second weekend of all time ($103M).

· Highest-grossing domestic film of 2012, passing The Hunger Games in just 12 days of release, and is now the 12th highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

· Highest domestic Saturday tally ($69.5M).

· Highest domestic Sunday tally ($57M).

· Second-highest domestic single-day tally ($80.8M).

Related: ‘Battleship’ Weak In ‘Avengers’ U.S. Wake: ‘The Dictator’ Even Weaker Domestic Start; Sacha Could Lose To ‘What To Expect’

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Obama Gives ‘The View’ Ratings Boost

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 2:13pm PDT

President Obama’s visit to The View on Tuesday gave the show a 15-month ratings high. His appearance drew a 5/15, attracting 4.7 million viewers. It was his fourth visit to the ABC morning talk show and the first of his re-election campaign. Today, Barbara Walters announced that the show has extended an invitation to presumed Republication nominee Mitt Romney to appear; he has appeared previously.

Related: MTV Moves Video Music Awards Start Time For Obama Speech Read More »

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Rebecca Hall Up For ‘Iron Man 3’ Role Jessica Chastain Declined

Rebecca Hall is in talks to join Iron Man 3.  The Town star would take over the role in the Marvel franchise that Jessica Chastain was up for until this weekend. “I’m sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn’t going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in,” Chastain announced on her Facebook page on Sunday. If Hall steps into the role Chastain was considering, she will not be playing Iron Man 3’s female lead. Gwyneth Paltrow will return as Pepper Potts. Paltrow, who was in both previous Iron Man movies, made a short appearance as Potts with Iron Man himself Tony Stark AKA Robert Downey Jr. in the recently released The Avengers. Hall’s likely role will be that of a scientist rivaling Stark in her genius and skills. Shane Black is directing Iron Man 3. The sequel, which will shoot in China and in North Carolina, is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2013. Iron Man isn’t the only member of the record-breaking box office sales Avengers team with a sequel in the pipeline for next year. Thor 2 is expected out on November 15, 2013. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed today that an Avengers 2 is in development.

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Disney Announces ‘Avengers 2′ In Development

The Avengers Sequel This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who sat through the credits of The Avengers, or who simply looked at the film’s record-breaking box office sales this past weekend. Still, fans (and investors) will be glad to hear that Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that the company is developing a sequel. The film’s success “is a great illustration of why we like Marvel so much.” Demand for Avengers merchandise has been strong, he added.

Related: Disney Tops Fiscal Q2 Earnings Estimates With Boosts From Cable And Theme Parks

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Disney Tops Fiscal Q2 Earnings Estimates With Boosts From Cable And Theme Parks

By | Tuesday May 8, 2012 @ 1:21pm PDT

Disney Earnings Q2 2012Shares are up slightly in post-market trading after Disney delivered an earnings report with a little of something for everybody. The company generated net income of $1.22B, up 21.3% vs the period last year, on revenues of $9.62B, up 6.1%. The revenue figure was ahead of analyst expectations for $9.56B. Earnings per share, at 58 cents after excluding one-time items from last year, beat forecasts for 55 cents. Growing pay TV fees and ad sales at ESPN helped to drive a 9% increase in revenues at the Media Networks unit, to $4.69B, with operating income up 13% to $1.72B. Per usual, the cable networks stole the show (revenues +12% to $3.17B, and operating income +11% to $1.5B). But the broadcasting side, which includes ABC, benefited from lower programming and production costs (revenues +2% to $1.52B, and operating income +37% to $229M). Consumer spending increased at Disney’s Parks and Resorts, sending revenues +10% to $2.9B with operating income +53% to $222M. The Studio Entertainment unit suffered from the disappointing performance of, and announced write-down forJohn Carter. That sent revenues -12% to $1.18B with an operating loss of $84M vs. a profit last year of $77M. The Consumer Products division had a complicated story, with licensing revenues offsetting a decline in retail sales; it ended up with revenues +8% to $679M and operating income +4% to $679M. Finally, Interactive Media saw a revenue gain of 13% … Read More »

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Epix Touts Its Premium Debut Of ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Hunger Games’

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT

Epix AvengersEpix is still looking to grow its carriage, and that task will certainly become easier with debut premium TV rights to the two biggest films so far this year. Both The Avengers and The Hunger Games will be seen on Epix before any other premium service. Epix is a joint venture between Viacom (whose Paramount Hunger Games EpixPictures unit retained premium rights to Avengers), MGM and Lionsgate (the latter being the studio behind Hunger Games). In addition to debuting two hit films on its channels, Epix will also make both titles available to subscribers  on-demand, online at, and through Epix apps. The service is carried by Netflix but is still not available on Comcast, Time Warner Cable or DirecTV.

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AMC Theaters Generated $4M Yesterday From ‘Avengers’ Mania

AMC The AvengersEXCLUSIVE: AMC Theaters pulled out all the stops to cash in on the huge audience interest in Marvel’s The Avengers, and the exhibition chain says today that the effort paid off. “We grossed almost $4M last night, slightly ahead of the amazing Hunger Games opening a little more than a month ago,” says AMC President of Programming Bob Lenihan. The company says 112 theaters devoted 194 screens to the chain’s Ultimate Marvel Marathon, and 47 of the screens were sold out — far exceeding AMC’s expectations. More than 30,000 ticket-buyers paid $40 apiece to spend 16 hours beginning 11:30 AM yesterday watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor in 3D, Captain America in 3D, and The Avengers in 3D. In addition, the exhibition chain says that it had nearly 600 sold-out shows for the new release. The flagship AMC Empire 25 in Times Square was sold out for last night’s midnight showing — as were the venue’s 3:00 AM IMAX show, and a 6:45 AM show. The theater “should be our busiest location in the country,” says AMC’s EVP for Operations, John McDonald. AMC also reports sell-outs for Seattle’s AMC Lakewood 12, Anaheim’s AMC Downtown Disney 12, and New Jersey’s AMC Menlo Park 12.

Related: ‘AVENGERS’ BOX OFFICE: Is This Hollywood’s Biggest Ever – Or Not?

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Samuel L. Jackson Launches Twitter War Over NYT’s Negative ‘Avengers’ Review

Most of the critics were very positive about Marvel’s The Avengers opening at midnight tonight — which is why Samuel L. Jackson (aka Nick Fury) is so furious with The New York Times‘ negative review. The actor let his 825,315 followers  on Twitter today know it. “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!”. The NYT’s AO Scott in his review of the Joss Whedon-directed Disney film said, “The Avengersis hardly worth raging about, its failures are significant and dispiriting.” Scott also called Jackson’s role as the head of superspy agency S.H.I.E.L.D “more master of ceremonies than mission commander” in his review. Read More »

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‘Avengers’ Set For 275 U.S. IMAX Screens

By | Wednesday May 2, 2012 @ 1:41pm PDT

Avengers IMAXLos Angeles, CA – May 2, 2012 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Studios today announced that the epic Super Hero adventure Marvel’s The Avengers will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format in 451 digital theatres worldwide. Domestically, the film will be released in 275 theatres beginning Friday, May 4.

The international debut of Marvel’s The Avengers got off to a record breaking start in IMAX theatres last weekend, significantly outperforming previous IMAX releases of Marvel films. More territories are launching in tandem with the North American release this week, including China. Domestic IMAX pre-sales are also strong and significantly ahead of any previous Marvel releases.

Distributed by The Walt Disney Studios, Marvel’s The Avengers: An IMAX 3D Experience marks the third Marvel Studios film presented in IMAX, following the releases of Iron Man 2: The IMAX Experience in 2010 and Thor: An IMAX 3D Experience in 2011.

Related: ‘Avengers’ Now $260.5M Overseas: Could Reach $585M Worldwide Through Sunday With U.S., Canada, Russia, China Openings

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Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ $185.1M Overseas: Continues Breaking Box Office Records

By | Monday April 30, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

‘Avengers’ Pre-Sales Bigger Than Previous Marvel Films Combined

BREAKING…  MONDAY 7TH UPDATE: Still more countries are reporting grosses, and the superhero super-blockbuster opened #1 in every foreign market. It doesn’t come out in the U.S. until May 4th but already it’s scooping up 60+% of all pre-sold movie tickets online and more than all the previous Marvel films combined. Overseas, Disney is reporting $185.1M box office in the film’s first 5 days of release in 39 territories. Marvel‘s The Avengers from Disney now is playing in approximately 70% of its foreign run. Latin and South America dominated with the highest opening weekend of all time in major markets like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Central America, Peru, and Boliva. As well as the Asian makets which had the highest opening weekends in Hong King, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines. Big ticket nations like Russia, China and Japan are still to open, and upcoming May Day is a huge holiday. The pic is already grossing ahead of Alice In Wonderland, Pirates Of the Caribbean 4, Iron Man 2, and The Dark Knight. The Avengers scoored the biggest opening days in New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland and Malaysia. Cumes for key territories include: UK $25.5M, Australia $19.8M, Mexico $16.9M, France $13.9M, Korea $13.0M, Brazil $11.3M, Italy $11.0M, Germany $8.1M, Taiwan $7.5M, Spain $6.9M, Philippines $6.6M, and Hong Kong $4.7M.
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‘The Avengers’ U.S. Ticket Pre-Sales Bigger Than Previous Marvel Movies Combined

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 8:54am PDT

Avengers Ticket SalesMore amazing stats for Marvel‘s The Avengers. reports that, with just over a week until the U.S. release,  the superhero actioner ”is pre-selling more tickets for the upcoming release than the online ticketing company sold for Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man combined at the same point in the sales cycle for each film. In fact, pre-sales are over 1 1/2-times that of these past Marvel films combined sales at the same point in the sales cycle”. Avengers is selling 3,995% more tickets than Captain America, 1,034% more tickets than Thor, 114% more tickets than Iron Man 2, and 1,406% more tickets than Iron Man at the same point in the sales cycle. reports that 56% of Avengers pre-sales are from fans wanting to see the film in 3D. Nearly 37% are from moviegoers buying tickets to see the film in IMAX 3D.

Related: Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Breaking Records Overseas

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Disney Struts Its Stuff To Exhibitors: CinemaCon

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 11:10am PDT
Pete Hammond

Despite being forced to face theater owners in the wake of Rich Ross’ exit last week, Disney pulled out their usual showmanship and unveiled a slate of high-profile movies. The studio didn’t miss a beat during their 2 1/2-hour CinemaCon presentation Tuesday night. In fact, the whole thing was similar to what the studio did in August at D23 in Anaheim. The only thing missing was the host — Ross. On Tuesday, it was distribution EVP Dave Hollis who handled the duties, deftly promoting the Disney “brands” with equal enthusiasm for their association with Marvel, DreamWorks and Pixar in addtion to the studio’s home-grown product. In fact, I lost count over how many times the phrase “we’re excited” was used by all of Tuesday’s participants in describing the future films from the Mouse House. And even though Hollis took time to highlight Disney’s recent slate, there was no mention at all of John Carter (the film that prompted a $200 million writedown for the company) — and quite frankly the Caesars Palace Colisseum exhibitor crowd didn’t seem to care. They were hyped that, studio upheaval or not, things were business as usual.

Related: Pixar Sets 3 Original Toons; Disney Confirms ‘Muppets 2

In addition to making news with some formal film announcements — like the official “green” light given to The Muppets II via a funny appearance from Kermit (riding in on a plywood horse as The Lone Ranger) and Miss Piggy both jockeying to be cast in upcoming Disney tentpoles — each division got their turn to show off its stuff.

The show began with an extended 3D clip of blockbuster-in-waiting The Avengerswhich Hollis said was opening in 10 markets today before hitting North America on May 4. Marvel’s Kevin Feige came out for a brief rundown of future Marvel/Disney projects including Thor 2, set for November 2013; Iron Man 3, with new director Shane Black, scheduled for May 2013; and Captain America hitting theaters on April 4, 2014. Read More »

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DC’s ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Trailer To Pair With Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Release: Confirmed

By | Saturday April 21, 2012 @ 10:08pm PDT

Dark Knight Rises TrailerAttention, fanboys! Once again the earth is about to spin off its axis when comic worlds collide. I’ve confirmed that Warner Bros/DC Comics’ The Dark Knight Rises will debut its 3rd trailer when Marvel’s The Avengers opens on May 4th. “Yes, our 3rd trailer will be out with The Avengers,” a Warner Bros exec just told me. “We see this placement as a good strategic decision. We always want our trailers to be seen with films that people want to see — and a lot of people will be going to The Avengers!” The pairing was first teased by the Warner Bros Exhibitor website, and spotted by Both 2D and 3D conventional showings of The Avengers (as well as 2D and 3D IMAX showings) will be playing the TDKR trailer. Avengers TrailerThis isn’t the first time Warner Bros has placed a big DC Comics trailer in front of a Marvel movie. Back in 2008, the third trailer for The Dark Knight played before showings of Iron Man. (In 2010, interestingly, the final trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception played in front of Iron Man 2.) When I suggested that newly intensified DC vs Marvel rivalry might preclude this kind of trailer pairing, the studio exec explained, “It will provide the best potential exposure for TDKR. It’s a big positive for everyone!” And certainly a boon for Joss Whedon’s pic. After all, when TDKR‘s first major glimpse paired with … Read More »

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Top Must-See List: Fandango

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 2:09pm PDT

The Avengers Box OfficeMovie-ticketing service Fandango released results of its “Most Anticipated Summer Movie Survey” today, and the top pick among survey participants should be a relief for the folks at Walt Disney Studios: The Avengers. This echoes previous pre-release surveys that anticipate an opening in the neighborhood of $125 million for the tentpole movie that features an array of superheroes from the Marvel stable. Disney, still smarting from the failure of John Carter to connect with a wide audience, will be especially gratified that the Marvel Comics mash-up was a top choice of both men and women. In a survey of “thousands” of Fandango users (the company didn’t provide speicific metrics), 31% of men picked The Avengers, followed by The Dark Knight Rises (23%), The Bourne Legacy (14%), Men In Black III (8%) and Prometheus (7%). Women weren’t quite as excited about The Avengers, ranking it second with 16% behind the year’s second Snow White film, Snow White And The Huntsman (22%). The list of most anticipated films for women rounds out with Men In Black III (13%), The Dark Knight Rises (10%) and Dark Shadows (8%). Notably, actor Chris Hemsworth turns up in two films on the list: The Avengers, where he plays Thor, and Huntsman.

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