Congrats to Paramount Pictures for #1 Market Share, $5.17 Billion Worldwide Box-Office  

Paramount Pictures has a great reason to celebrate -- the studio ended 2011 in the top spot among all studios with a record earning of $5.17 billion worldwide! Warner Bros., which was No. 1 for three straight years, must give up its crown to Paramount. This victory was easy to predict since Paramount was the first to cross the $1 billion mark last summer.

But don't fret for Warner, with the upcoming releases of "The Dark Knight Rises" this summer, and then "The Hobbit" in December, it will be easy for WB to get its throne back.

Here's the official press release from Paramount:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 2, 2012) – Paramount Pictures announced today it ended 2011 in the No. 1 position among all studios, having achieved the highest total combined gross of any studio for the year, earning a record $5.17 billion worldwide. The studio, which released a total of 16 new releases domestically this year, placed first in the North American market share with $1.96 billion, while also amassing record grosses at the international box office with $3.21 billion.

“This achievement reflects the combined efforts of our entire team across the globe and the careful process by which we select the projects and partners we believe in,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey. “We produce pictures that aspire to entertain audiences around the world, while at the same time we have sought to find innovative ways to reach movie-goers in this changing entertainment environment.”

“This year our studio reached some key milestones, including the release of three vibrant Paramount franchise pictures and our first original CGI animated film. Our studio had its first ever $1 billion worldwide grossing film in Michael Bay’s hit ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon;’ we successfully re-launched our ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise with Tom Cruise, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird; our latest installment in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise had another $100 million dollar success; our first original animated film ‘Rango,’ from director Gore Verbinski, earned rave reviews and more than $100 million at the domestic box office; and we released global phenomenon Super 8, directed by JJ Abrams, who will now direct the newest Star Trek for 2013. We also benefited from our distribution partnerships with DreamWorks Animation and Marvel and I want to thank them both.”

“Film President Adam Goodman and his team in production and development, and Vice Chairman Rob Moore and his team in marketing and distribution, did outstanding work and truly delivered. As we prepare to celebrate Paramount’s 100th year in 2012, we are all grateful to be part of this wonderful institution as it continues to prosper,” added Grey.

In 2012, Paramount’s release slate highlights include “World War Z,” a zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the next installment in the global franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Channing Tatum, a new chapter in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, and “The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Larry Charles, the team behind “Borat.”

The 2011 box office results seen from the studio were built on a wide reaching range of titles, including the following (with current domestic grosses): “True Grit” ($85 mil this year, $171.2 million total), Ivan Reitman’s “No Strings Attached” ($70.7 mil), Jon Chu’s “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” ($73 mil), Gore Verbinski’s “Rango” ($123.5 mil), Marvel Studio’s “Thor” ($181 mil), DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” ($165.2 mil), JJ Abrams “Super 8” ($127 mil), Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” ($352.4 mil), Marvel Studio’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($176.7 mil), Craig Brewer’s “Footloose” ($51.7 mil), the third installment in the hit “Paranormal Activity” franchise ($104 mil), DreamWorks Animation’s “Puss In Boots” ($145.8 mil), Sundance prize-winner “Like Crazy” ($3.4 mil), Martin Scorsese and GK Films’ “Hugo” ($50.2 mil), Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” ($12.8 mil), Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” ($142.8 mil) and Steven Spielberg’s “Tintin” ($51.4 mil).

[ 27 comments ] ( 1155 views )   |  permalink  |   ( 2.9 / 1105 )
"Misson: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" Leads Box-Office for Second Weekend 

Tom Cruise and his "Mission: Impossible" franchise are definitely cool again! "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" held onto the No. 1 spot for a second-straight weekend with an estimated $38.3 million. Overseas, the Brad Bird-directed fourth installment sold $37 million worth of tickets pushing its international total to $225.3 million and worldwide total to $366.5 million.

Also finishing strong was "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The Guy Ritchie-directed sequel held steady at No. 2 with $26.5 million and a three-week total of $136.5 million.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" also held steady at No. 3 with $21 million. At No. 4 was Steven Spielberg's "War Horse' with $19.2 million and at fifth place was David Fincher's "The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo" with $19.5 million.

Here's your Top 20 box-office list for New Year weekend:

1. "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," Paramount, $38,325,000, 3,455 locations, $11,093 average, $141,214,000, three weeks.

2. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," Warner Bros., $26,510,000, 3,703 locations, $7,159 average, $136,514,000, three weeks.

3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," Fox, $21,000,000, 3,724 locations, $5,639 average, $97,359,335, three weeks.

4. "War Horse," Disney, $19,219,000, 2,547 locations, $7,546 average, $45,248,000, two weeks.

5. "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Sony, $19,000,000, 2,914 locations, $6,520 average, $60,011,000, two weeks.

6. "We Bought a Zoo," Fox, $16,500,000, 3,163 locations, $5,217 average, $43,987,317, two weeks.

7. "The Adventures of Tintin," Paramount, $15,000,000, 3,087 locations, $4,859 average, $50,841,000, two weeks.

8. "New Year's Eve," Warner Bros., $7,735,000, 2,225 locations, $3,476 average, $47,397,000, four weeks.

9. "The Darkest Hour," Summit, $5,250,000, 2,327 locations, $2,256 average, $14,228,000, two weeks.

10. "The Descendants," Fox Searchlight, $4,250,000, 758 locations, $5,607 average, $40,274,646, seven weeks.

11. "The Muppets," Disney, $3,782,000, 1,541 locations, $2,454 average, $83,649,000, six weeks.

12. "Hugo," Paramount, $3,150,000, 951 locations, $3,312 average, $50,165,000, six weeks.

13. "Young Adult," Paramount, $2,700,000, 987 locations, $2,736 average, $12,667,000, four weeks.

14. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," Summit, $2,650,000, 1,411 locations, $1,878 average, $276,094,901, seven weeks.

15. "The Sitter," Fox, $2,255,000, 1,348 locations, $1,673 average, $26,899,061, four weeks.

16. "The Artist," Weinstein Co., $1,664,500, 167 locations, $9,967 average, $5,400,000, six weeks.

17. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Focus, $1,428,726, 57 locations, $25,065 average, $4,298,998, four weeks.

18. "My Week With Marilyn," Weinstein Co., $1,173,933, 630 locations, $1,863 average, $9,184,000, six weeks.

19. "Puss in Boots," Paramount, $1,015,000, 389 locations, $2,609 average, $145,767,000, 10 weeks.

20. "Arthur Christmas," Sony, $900,000, 1,524 locations, $591 average, $46,118,000, six weeks.


[ 20 comments ] ( 881 views )   |  permalink  |   ( 3 / 924 )
Meryl Streep to Receive Homage and Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival 

Meryl Streep, currently winning accolades for her Margaret Thatcher performance in "The Iron Lady," will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Festival Director, Dieter Kosslick, says “We are delighted to be able to award the Honorary Golden Bear to such a terrific artist and world star. Meryl Streep is a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles.”

Streep has been invited to the Berlin International Film Festival numerous times including in 1999 where she was awarded the Berlinale Camera. The actress returned in 2003 along with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman when they shared a Silver Bear for their performances in "The Hours," and in 2006 for Robert Altman’s ensemble comedy "A Prairie Home Companion."

"The Iron Lady" actress, considered an Oscar frontrunner, will receive her Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement on Feb. 14 at a screening of her Thatcher biopic at the Berlinale Palast in Berlin. Special screenings of Streep's films (see below) will also adorn the festival including:

"Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)
By Robert Benton
With Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry

"Sophie’s Choice" (1982, Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role)
By Alan J. Pakula
With Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Günther Maria Halmer

"Out of Africa" (1985)
By Sidney Pollack
With Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

"The Bridges of Madison County" (1995)
By Clint Eastwood
With Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Victor Slezak

"A Prairie Home Companion" (2006)
By Robert Altman
With Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly

"The Iron Lady" (Great Britain 2011)
By Phyllida Lloyd
With Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Coman, Roger Allam

[ 20 comments ] ( 1363 views )   |  permalink  |  related link  |   ( 3 / 922 )
Have a Safe and Lucky Happy New Year! Oh, and Of Course, a 4-Kisses 2012!!! 

[ 1 comment ] ( 361 views )   |  permalink  |   ( 3 / 1587 )
Austin Film Critics Praise "Hugo" as Best Film of 2011 

The Austin Film Critics Association has announced the winners of its 2011 awards and the voting members have unlocked Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" to win Best Film. According to the AFCA Founder and President Cole Dabney, "Hugo" won because of the movie's "unique blend highlighting the best of both Hollywood and indie filmmaking."

The noir thriller "Drive" took home three awards including Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn, Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Hossein Amini, and Best Supporting Actor for Albert Brooks. "Drive" was also named the second best film of the year in the AFCA's overall Top 10 List.

In the other acting categories, Michael Shannon won the Best Actor award for "Take Shelter" while Tilda Swinton was named Best Actress for her searing performance in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Jessica Chastain received Best Supporting Actress honor also for "Take Shelter." The actress also won the Robert R. "Bobby" McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award for being awesome (!!!) in "Take Shelter," "The Tree of Life," "The Help," "The Debt," "Coriolanus," and "Texas Killing Fields."

Here's the complete list of winners. To visit our Awards Avenue for all the winners and nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here. For my Top 10 Best Movies of 2011, and worst, click here:

Best Film: Hugo
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Best Actor: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Best Adapted Screenplay: Drive, Hossein Amini
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Original Score: Attack the Block, Steven Price
Best Foreign Language Film: I Saw the Devil, South Korea [dir: Jee-woon Kim]
Best Documentary: Senna [dir: Asif Kapadia]
Best Animated Feature: Rango [dir: Gore Verbinski]
Robert R. "Bobby" McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter/The Tree of Life/The Help/The Debt/Coriolanus/Texas Killing Fields
Best First Film: Attack the Block [dir: Joe Cornish]
Austin Film Award: Take Shelter [dir: Jeff Nichols]

Top 10 Films:
1. Hugo
2. Drive
3. Take Shelter
4. Midnight in Paris
5. Attack the Block
6. The Artist
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. I Saw the Devil
9. 13 Assassins
10. Melancholia

[ 25 comments ] ( 1222 views )   |  permalink  |  related link  |   ( 3 / 1531 )

<<First <Back | 370 | 371 | 372 | 373 | 374 | 375 | 376 | 377 | 378 | 379 | Next> Last>>