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‘Titanic 3D’ Set For Release In Myanmar

By | Monday August 13, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT

Twentieth Century Fox is releasing Titanic 3D through a licensing arrangement with the Mingalar Company on August 17. “In recent years, we have entered markets such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea”, Twentieth Century Fox co-presidents Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman said in a statement. “We have noted with great interest the reforms taking place in Burma under Thein Sein and look forward to visiting our newest territory when we travel Asia later this year”. The studio says it is the first in decades to release a film in Myanmar. Since it began its re-release this past spring, Titanic 3D has grossed nearly $344 million worldwide, bringing the lifetime worldwide total for the James Cameron film to $2.19 billion, to date.

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James Cameron Forms 3D Technology Joint-Venture With Chinese Partners

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 4:02am PDT

James Cameron is the latest to jump on the China bandwagon announcing a joint-venture to offer 3D camera technology to Chinese filmmakers. The news comes as Cameron is in China attending a 3D film forum at Tianjin Polytechnic University. His 3D tech and production services company, Cameron Pace Group, has set up CPG China Division in what Cameron called a “huge” deal, according to Reuters. CPG is partnered with state-backed firms Tianjin North Film Group and Tianjin Hi-tech Holding Group. The venture will not immediately be involved in producing films, Cameron noted. “We’re not going to tell Chinese filmmakers how to make movies. We are going to help them make a transition to 3D production technology as cost effectively as possible, and in a way that doesn’t inhibit creativity,” he told the news agency. In 2011, Chinese box office revenue was up to $2.1B. Much of that came from 3D titles. Cameron’s own Titanic 3D was a monster hit in China breaking records earlier this year. His news follows DreamWorks Animation’s Monday unveiling of details on its Shanghai theme park and a plan to co-produce Kung Fu Panda 3 in China.

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‘Titanic 3D’ Blu-ray To Get Major China Push

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 2:00am PDT

Titanic 3D Blu-ray ChinaBEIJING (April 24, 2012) – In the wake of China’s record-breaking box-office opening of TITANIC 3D, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (FOX) AND SONY have announced an exclusive, large-scale bundling partnership for the film’s Blu-ray 3D release this fall. Marking the industry’s biggest bundling and promotional program to date in China, James Cameron’s epic love story will be packaged with SONY’s Blu-ray Player and Blu-ray Home Theatre to provide consumers with a fully immersive Blu-ray 3D in-home experience like never before.

With the shipping of more than 5.5 million 3D television sets in China last year — versus 174,000 in 2010 — the Chinese consumer is now proving to be one of the most enthusiastic adopters of 3D content in the world, both inside the home and in theaters.

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Global B.O. Gets Big Boost From ‘Titanic 3D’, ‘Battleship’, ‘Hunger Games’

Battleship Box OfficeUPDATE: Titanic 3D gross now stands at $190M for all international territories through Wednesday. China’s is just over $85M. Pic should cross $200M for foreign on Friday and $100M in China alone on Saturday.

11 AM: The importance of the international box office for Hollywood has never been more evident than in these weeks leading up to the official May 1st start of the summer movie season. Universal’s 2D Battleship doesn’t open in the U.S. until May 18th but it’s having another strong week at the overseas box office where its month-early debut in 28 international territories and China now bring the film’s total worldwide estimate to $72.2M and close to $100M through Sunday. Pic now opens in 24 territories. Russia opens today and early estimates predict $2.1M for the day (equal to Fast Five‘s opening day). The film released in China Wednesday and grossed an estimated $3 million on its first day for the studio’s best opener in that country (ahead of Fast Five‘s $1.7M first day which was also a Wednesday).

But that didn’t close to Fox’s massive 6-day opening weekend for Titanic 3D in China for the biggest industry opening ever. Its $67M swamped Paramount’s Transformers 3 ($56M) debut there last summer. The overall international first-weekend gross for Titanic 3D was $98.9M, putting the re-release cume-to-date at $157.1M. That’s a new record for a 3D release. That speeded the worldwide lifetime total over over $2B (including the global box office from the 1997/1998 … Read More »

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‘Titanic 3D’ Sets IMAX Record In China

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 9:27am PDT

Titanic 3D ChinaFox and IMAX announced today that Titanic 3D grossed a record $7 million on 64 IMAX screens in China, an opening-weekend record in the country for the company. The total surpasses the previous record-holder, Paramount’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, and bumps IMAX’s worldwide total for the rerelease of the James Cameron film to $15 million on 408 screens. On all screens, Titanic 3D grossed an estimated $74 million in China since opening April 10 there and $210 million globally. Overseas, it grossed $157 million through Sunday, including $98.9 million this past weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. Since its 3D rerelease, Titanic also surpassed $2 billion in worldwide gross; the 1997 original made a then-record $1.84 billion. It remains the second-highest-grossing movie in history behind Cameron’s Avatar.

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‘Hunger Games’ Passes $460M Global Box Office: #1 Domestic Again Through Easter; ‘American Reunion’ And ‘Titanic 3D’ Open Strong Overseas Where ‘Wrath Of Titans’ #1

April 6-8 Weekend Actuals

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 3 [4,137 Theaters] PG13
Friday $12.8M, Saturday $13.0M, Sunday $7.3M, Weekend $33.1M (-43%), Cume $302.5M

2. American Reunion (Universal) NEW [3,192 Theaters] R
Friday $9.3M, Saturday $7.5M, Sunday $4.8M, Weekend $21.5M

3. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) NEW – Wednesday opening [2,674 Theaters] PG13
Friday $7.1M, Saturday $6.7M, Sunday $3.5M, Weekend $17.3M, Cume $25.6M

4. Wrath Of The Titans 3D (Legendary/Warner) Week 2 [3,545 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.4M, Saturday $5.7M, Sunday $3.7M, Weekend $14.7M (-56%), Cume $58.6M

5. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 2 [3,618 Theaters] PG
Friday $4.6M, Saturday $4M, Sunday $2.5M, Weekend $11.M (-39%), Cume $36.6M

6. 21 Jump Street (MGM/Sony) Week 4 [3,009 Theaters] R
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $3.9M, Sunday $2.5M Weekend $10.0M (-33%), Cume $109.4M

7. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 6 [3,003 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.3M, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $5.0M (-35%), Cume $198.2M

8. Salmon Fishing In Yemen (CBS Films) Week 5 [524 Theaters] PG13
Friday $323K, Saturday $423K, Sunday $246K, Weekend $992K (-22%), Cume $4.7M

9. Housefull 2 (Eros) NEW [121 Theaters] NR
FSS N/A Weekend $847K

10.  John Carter (Disney) Week 5 [1,015 Theaters] PG13
Friday $293K, Saturday $327K, Sunday $210K, Weekend $830K (-59%), Cume $68M

SUNDAY, 8TH UPDATE… Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games continues its amazing run for the third weekend in a row for a new worldwide total past $460M. This gives the box office behemoth a 17-day total through Easter Sunday of $157.1M international and $302.8M domestic. In the U.S. and Canada, it overwhelmed both box office rivals Paramount/Fox’s Titanic 3D and Universal’s American Reunion. But the pair showed strength overseas. This weekend, The Hunger Games grossed $33.5M domestic and $25.5M foreign where it has been trying to stave off an onslaught from Warner Bros’ recent 3D entry Wrath Of The Titans. After a disappointing domestic start, this sequel is dominating overseas: over the holiday weekend it dropped just -43% from its opener with a gross of $43M in 60 markets from 13,540 screens. The international cume to date is now $152.5M and Warner Bros declared Wrath Of The Titans “#1 internationally”. It opens in Japan April 21st.

R-rated American Reunion finished in 2nd place with only a so-so $21.5M domestic but did surprisingly well around the globe with $19.3M from the 28 territories where it opened. That’s now $40.8M worldwide for the modestly $50M budgeted fourquel which set the highest grossing opening weekend internationally of all the previous films released theatrically in the American Pie franchise. It posted #1 openings in Russia ($5.1M), Australia ($5M), Netherlands ($1.1M), and Norway ($1.1M). “With schools closed for vacation this week, the good results should continue,” a Universal insider tells me. “We still have 30 territories to open including the major markets Germany April 26, France May 2, and Italy, Spain and the UK May 4.” Domestically, exit poll data showed audiences were almost evenly split between males and females (51% vs 49%) but predominantly aged 25 years and older (61%) vs under 25 (39%). As for the future of the $1.1+ billion franchise with 3 films that made $650M worldwide and 4 direct-to-DVD titles, Universal will try to keep it going to satisfy the foreign appetite for this kind of crappy raunch.

James Cameron’s $18M 3D conversion of his ocean epic met domestic expectations and, according to Paramount, made $17.3M this weekend. Titanic 3D reached $25.7M for its first 5 days in release despite a marathon running time. IMAX had 9 of the top 10 locations for the film earning $2.0M in 79 theaters. Exit polls showed that the audience was 51% aged 25 and under vs 49% aged 25 and older as well as 60% female vs 40% male. Amid reports of sold-out shows, Fox said the first international numbers steamed to $35.5M from 5,579 screens in 53 markets (84 countries). “That’s a per screen average of more than $6,300 per screen! It’s a fantastic start,” a Fox exec emails me. “We needed a $30M opening weekend to be on pace to $100M for international (not including China), and we exceeded that estimate by 18%.” Despite half the daily show times of the top competitors, Titanic 3D grabbed the #1 market share position in the UK, Germany, Italy, Austria and Sweden, while in a tight struggle for #1 in Russia with fellow opener American Reunion. Titanic 3D was the #1 MPA title in France, Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland and #2 title overall in Holland, Belgium and Denmark. To illustrate how much the theatrical world has changed since the 1997/1998 release, the 2012 Russia opening weekend ($4.9M) is 97% of the lifetime theatrical result of what the original did in Russia in 1998 ($5.1M). China opens Tuesday, followed by the majority of Latin America (17 markets) including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina next weekend.

Here is the Top Ten this Easter Sunday:

1. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 3 [4,137 Theaters] PG13
Friday $12.9M, Saturday $13.1M, Weekend $33.5M (-60%), Cume $302.8M
International $157.1M, Worldwide Cume $460.0M

2. American Reunion (Universal) NEW [3,192 Theaters]
Friday $9.3M, Saturday $7.5M, Weekend $21.4M
International $19.3M, Worldwide Cume $40.8M

3. Titanic 3D (Paramount/Fox) NEW – Wednesday opening [2,674 Theaters]
Friday $7.1M, Saturday $6.6M, Weekend $17.3M, Cume $25.7M
International $35.5M, Worldwide Cume $52.8M

4. Wrath Of The Titans 3D (Legendary/Warner) Week 2 [3,545 Theaters] PG13
Friday $12.4M, Saturday $5.4M, Weekend $15.0M, Cume $58.8M
International $152.5M, Worldwide Cume $211.3M

5. Mirror Mirror (Relativity) Week 2 [3,618 Theaters] PG
Friday $4.5M, Saturday $3.9M, Weekend $11.M (-39%), Cume $36.4M

6. 21 Jump Street (MGM/Sony) Week 4 [3,009 Theaters] R
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $3.8M, Weekend $10.2M, Cume $109.5M

7. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax 3D (Universal) Week 6 [3,003 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.2M, Saturday $1.7M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $198.1M

8. Salmon Fishing In Yemen (CBS Films) Week 5 [524 Theaters] PG13
Friday $320K, Saturday $417K, Weekend $975K, Cume $4.6M

9. John Carter (Disney) Week 5 [1,015 Theaters] PG13
Friday $290K, Saturday $322K, Weekend $820K, Cume $67.9M

10. Safe House (Universal) Week 9 [482 Theaters] R
Friday $212K, Saturday $229K, Weekend $580K, Cume $124.7M
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‘Titanic’ 3-D Re-release To Open In Select IMAX Theaters Too

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 2:00pm PDT

The April 4 re-release of James Cameron‘s billion-dollar film Titanic in 3-D will get a day-and-date release in IMAX 3D in 79 domestic IMAX-equipped theatres in the US and 63 foreign markets, with plans to increase that international total to 70, IMAX announced today. The 20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures production is being released in 3-D but non-IMAX theaters on April 4 as well. Originally released Dec. 19, 1997, Titanic has grossed $1.8 billion so far. The RMS Titanic sank April 15, 1912, on its maiden voyage.

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‘Titanic 3D’ Moves To Midweek April 2

By | Tuesday February 7, 2012 @ 2:04pm PST

Paramount has moved Titanic 3D a couple days earlier to Wednesday, April 4 from Friday, April 6. James Cameron’s remastered 3D version of his 1997 worldwide megahit will get a head start on Friday openings of Universal’s American Reunion and Summit’s thriller The Cold Light Of Day. Paramount has also shifted A Thousand Words from April 20 to March 9 where the comedy will face Disney’s sci-fi epic John Carter and Open Road’s horror movie Silent House.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beauty And The Beast 3D’

Last week saw the unveiling of the trailer for James Cameron’s Titanic 3D which opens April 6. On Monday Disney released the new trailer for Beauty and the Beast 3D, the first of a handful of Disney/Pixar classics to be retrofitted for 3D. Alas, the trailer here is only 2D, and wearing special glasses won’t help. Beauty and the Beast 3D opens January 13.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Titanic 3D’

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 11:46am PST

Following yesterday’s poster debut for Titanic 3D, the first trailer has been released, and it features an introduction by director James Cameron. This 3D re-release hits theaters April 6th. First released in 1997, Titanic remains the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time:

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Leo And Kate Ready To Sail Again As Oscar Champ ‘Titanic’ Shows Off 3D Conversion

Pete Hammond

Are you ready to go back to Titanic?

That is not just a famous line from the 1997 Oscar-winning box office phenomenon, they are also the words producer Jon Landau used this morning in front of a packed theater of journalists at Paramount to introduce 18 minutes of the film’s new 3D conversion.  Paramount and 20th Century Fox — which holds international rights after bringing in Paramount to be domestic distributor when the film was sailing way over budget — will open the new 3D-converted Titanic on April 6, 2012. That’s just days before the 100th anniversary of the ship’s maiden launch on April 10, 1912.

“We didn’t want to release it on the day of the sinking, we wanted it to be about the ship itself, but obviously it sank,” said the film’s writer/director/co-producer/co-editor and all-around King of the World James Cameron, who explained that with the 100th anniversary of the fabled ship’s sailing the time was right not only for 3D but to bring the movie back for a new theatrical experience — even though it has been out in various video formats for years. “It has to do with the psychology of going to a theater. We make a committment to spend those two or three hours in a shared experience with others … and there is a whole generation that hasn’t seen it at all,” Cameron said, adding that in the modern world of cell phones, texting, emailing and other distractions, it is hard to get the full intended impact of a film like this at home.

Of course, Cameron has publicly stated he isn’t a fan of 3D conversions for films that have a choice. But he makes an exception for those “20 or 30 classic films out there” that can find a new audience with the format, and Titanic fit the bill. “I love 3D; if I had the 3D cameras at the time, I certainly would have loved to have shot the film with them,” he said. When I spoke with him afterwards in the lobby, his enthusiasm was infectious for the film and the new technologies he now has at his disposal to give it new life. He said the whole movie would have been shot differently today than in 1997: Rather than building those massive ship sets, he would have relied much more heavily on CGI and other techniques than the not-so-cost-effective way they did it then. He said that fortunately for him the film made money (that’s an understatement), but it could have had a very different outcome. In other words, a lot of dice were rolled on Titanic, which of course went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time until Cameron’s own Avatar usurped it a couple of years ago. It would now take another billion or so for it to come back from the video bins and topple Avatar — an unlikely outcome — but one informed source working on the new re-release told me another “4 or 5″ (hundred million) could be in play. Certainly Disney’s success with The Lion King’s 3D conversion is whetting appetities all over Hollywood for the boxoffice possibilities of library titles. Read More »

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