Centennial, Colo. – One of the most popular franchises in recent motion picture history is returning to movie theaters nationwide this November as NCM Fathom and Summit Entertainment present Twilight Saga Tuesdays. Hitting the big screen on the first three Tuesdays in November leading-up to the highly anticipated premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, on November 18, 2011, an exclusive “fan appreciation” series of in-theater events will be presented beginning with Twilight on Tuesday, November 1; The Twilight Saga: New Moon on Tuesday, November 8; and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on Tuesday, November 15, all at 7:30 p.m. local time. During each Fathom event, fans will also experience an exclusive presentation containing footage never-before-seen in theaters, as well as new, compelling cast interviews. Additionally, entertaining footage from the many fans fests over the years, will give The Twilight Saga devotees an opportunity to see themselves on the big screen during this special big screen series of events.
Warner Bros Wins 2010 Film Market Share; Year’s Box Office Grosses Not A Record; Overall Movie Attendance Down Sharply; Should Studios Slash Number Of 3D Pics?
The movie moguls hate it whenever their studios are judged by market share. Which is why it’s so much fun to spotlight at the end of the year. Final figures aren’t in yet, but the order isn’t going to change: Warner Bros is No. 1 (for the third straight year), followed by Paramount, then Fox, then Disney, then Sony, and finally the bomb factory known as Universal. Next comes the mini-majors with Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate bringing up the rear. The only surprise is the high placement of Fox even though it took a terrible beating from the media all year, and the low order of Sony which appeared to dominate box office week in and week out. Go figure.
As for overall grosses, 2010 alas was not a record-setting year. My pal Paul Dergarabedian over at Hollywood.com is projecting that when full year revenues come in by Monday, the expected figure of $10.5 billion will fall just short of 2009’s record $10.6 billion. ”This is only the second time in box office history that full year revenues will top the $10 billion mark. However, the last time that revenues fell short of the prior year was in 2008 when they dipped 0.52% from 2007. More telling is that attendance this year will see a 5.36% downturn vs. 2009 giving us the biggest percentage drop year over year since 2005 when attendance fell a whopping …
This weekend Summit Entertainment will re-release The Twilight Saga: Eclipse “allowing moviegoers to celebrate Bella’s birthday with their friends” in 1,187 theaters in North America. No, this isn’t a joke. Right now, the pic’s hefty tally is domestic $298.8M and foreign $372.8M.
The Warner Bros/Legendary Pictures’ Inception is now only the 5th film this year to gross over $100M in its first week of release joining Toy Story 3, Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 2, and the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But it’s the only 2D original film to do so. Warner Bros says the official number going into today is $100,155,000.
Don’t you hate when this happens? Distribution departments at each studio wound up overestimating the weekend box office across the board for the Top 10 movies in release. Everyone is claiming it’s an honest mistake, attributing it to the World Cups finals. But we all know that numbers don’t lie even if studios do:
1. Despicable Me (Universal) Old $60.1M, New $56.3M (-6.3%)
2. Eclipse (Summit) Old $33.4M, New $31.7M (-5%)
3. Predators (Fox) Old $25.3M, New $24.7M (-2.3%)
4. Toy Story 3 (Disney) Old $22M, New $21M (-4.5%)
5. Last Airbender (Paramount) Old $17.1M, New $16.6M (-3%)
6. Grown Ups (Sony) Old $16.4M, New $15.8M (-3.6%)
7. Knight and Day (Fox) Old $7.8M, New: $7.7M (-1.3%)
8. Karate Kid (Sony) Old $5.7M, New $5.3M (-7%)
9. The A-Team (Fox) Old $1.8M, New $1.7M (-5.6%)
10. Cyrus (Fox Searchlight) Old $1.3M, New $1.2M (-7.7%)
That’s a rise of 3% year-on-year. And the best is yet to come this month and next, with the release of Toy Story 3 – tipped to be the biggest movie of the year – adult must-see Inception and Twi-hard threequel Twilight: Eclipse. Around 25 million people are expected to go to the cinema in July and August alone, says trade body Film Distributors’ Association.
But the movie marketplace continues to grow, creating headaches for distributors. Overcrowding is the biggest problem facing the industry. Distributors released 288 titles between January and June, 18 more than in the first six months of 2009. Producers complain that movies are pushed off screens before they’ve had a chance.
The latest installment opened here at midnight on Friday, and played on Saturday and Sunday for distributor E1 Entertainment. The third Twilight movie grossed £6,287,559 over the weekend. The gothic love story opens properly on July 9 as the picture rolls out in major territories in a World Cup-caused delay. Exhibitors here are feeling very upbeat about its prospects. Vue, the multiplex chain, has sold over £1 million worth of advance tickets alone.
Sony is playing this with the Twilight Saga: Eclipse:
The TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE stars will be visiting theaters across the U.S. to introduce the latest film in the franchise now shattering box office records. Beginning Friday July 2nd and extending through the holiday weekend, approximately 20 cast members will be popping up in theaters all over the country “to show their appreciation for their fans, and thanking them for all of the excitement, enthusiasm and support they have shown,” Summit Entertainment said. “For more information about cast appearances and to see if one will be visiting your hometown, please visit www.eclipsethemovie.com.”
UPDATED: Summit Entertainment is disclosing that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE had “an incredible start” overseas. Despite great weather and the World Cup, ECLIPSE launched with an estimated $19M from 22 markets. The only major territories that opened on June 30th were Italy, Brazil, and CIS. Other majors like Spain, Australia and Mexico launch today. France, Germany, S. Korea and Japan will launch in the weeks to come. Here are some highlights of opening day results:
ITALY – No. 1 and the 3rd best opening of all time with an estimated €2.550M and counting from 638 playdates. ECLIPSE outgrossed the opening day of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and ICE AGE 3D and outperformed NEW MOON’s opening of €1.934M.
BELGIUM – No. 1, the highest opening day of all time ousting HARRY POTTER 5 (587K Euros) and outperforming HARRY POTTER 1,2,3,4. The opening day grossed an estimated €875K and counting, with approx 89K+ admissions, including the super successful midnight shows
BRAZIL – An incredible No. 1 start in Brazil with an estimated 4.3M Reals from 310 play dates. The opening day was stronger than that of HARRY POTTER’s 4.015M Reals. ECLIPSE has also bested NEW MOON’s opening day which tallied 3.7M Reals.
Paramount of course marketed the first installment of the psychological thriller precisely on the basis that the original Paranormal Activity was frightening the bejesus out of college town moviegoers. Now it’s happening again. Although Paranormal Activity 2 won’t be released until October 16th, Paramount decided to play its trailer in front of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse blockbuster that opened today. (See trailer here.) Well, after the 12:01 AM and 3 AM screenings of the vampire vs werewolves pic, Cinemark execs called Paramount today and said they have had multiple complaints in Texas that the Paranormal 2 trailer was “too scary” and they are pulling it from several of their theaters. Hey, I saw that trailer, and scary it’s not. There’s a dog. There’s a woman standing in the doorway. Jeez, I’m more scared by the prospect of Carrie Fisher playing me on Entourage. (She is. This season. Don’t ask.) But a studio exec insists, “I actually went to a couple theaters last night, and a ton of girls jumped out of their seats and screamed. All I can tell you is people complained and Cinemark pulled it down.” I say wusses, all.
Ashley Greene reprises her role as vampiress Alice Cullen this weekend in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But she has found another role to sink her teeth into. She’ll costar alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, the Lisa Azuelos –directed Mandate Pictures comedy that also stars Douglas Booth and Demi Moore. Greene will play Cyrus’s nemesis in a coming of age story that takes place in the age of Facebook, iTunes and Youtube. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. Azuelos wrote the script for the remake of the 2008 French film, which she also wrote and directed. Shooting begins July 20 in Detroit.