The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.. Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had...» Read More
The gap between Bollywood and Hollywood is becoming increasingly narrow. Earlier this week I blogged about how Steven Spielberg is in talks with Indian Media Giant Reliance ADA group to finance an independent studio.
Los Angeles has a beautiful train station ... pity it lacks a key modern touch.
Yesterday afternoon I flying back from a shoot, seated next to a girl who seemed about ten, who spent the flight pouring over tween magazine articles about the Jonas Brothers.
Wall Street can be a fickle place, and as investors wonder where they ought to park their money while they ride out the economic volatility gripping the country right now, they may want to harken back to some oldies but goodies: Apple Inc., Google, Research in Motion and Amazon.
DreamWorks chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen are looking for their next move, and India may play a starring role. Their deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures expires at the end of this year, and Hollywood has been buzzing about conflict between the famous director and Viacom's top brass.
I'm writing from Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim California, where the Toy Story Mania attraction just opened. The same ride is also opening today in Orlando at Disney Hollywood Studios.
The SEC just approved the plan to split the company's fast and slow growing divisions. A common strategy in this media landscape where old media seems slow and archaic compared to dynamic web-fueled growth.
Retail sales of licensed Disney merchandise is expected to break records and top $30 billion in global retail sales, up from $27 billion last year, and up from $13 billion just five years before that.
The idea is: Spielberg wants to own the movies it makes -- instead of having Paramount own them as it does now. And rumor has it, he wants to distribute through Universal Studios (CNBC's sister company).
A big surprise considering the economic downturn and the challenges and new competition network TV faces. The broadcast networks are bringing in about $9.2 billion for their primetime lineups, up slightly from last year, while analysts expected total sales to be flat to down.
AND YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Here are two videos of one office worker who apparently can't take it anymore. Something sets him off, and he starts throwing things. The videos are making the rounds on the Internet, igniting debate over whether they're authentic, or just well-crafted put-ons. They look pretty real to me. (Note: Content may be considered mature. Viewer discretion advised.)
With the Dow plunging and concerns about employment numbers looming, it makes the potential of another strike--this one from the Screen Actors Guild--scarier.
It was fight night at the box office this weekend, and the "Kung Fu Panda" defeated Israeli commando-turned-hairdresser "Zohan" with an estimated three-day total of $60 million in box office sales.
But even if the two sides come to a resolution and there is no strike, Hollywood will still suffer a defacto work stoppage. The studios have been working hard to prepare for a strike, rushing to finish shooting films and TV shows ahead of time, making sure they don't have to shoot anything big in July.
We'll start with some NBA collectibles news. Adidas is making a special Kevin Garnett NBA Finals edition of his shoes. It's available to the public--sort of. In a super limited edition play, Adidas is making eight shoes per game played and the shoe, should you be able to get your hands on a pair, cost $1,017.
You can imagine my surprise as news releases promoting older women stuff popped up in my email box this week on the heels of the movie's success! Finally, someone cared. Someone was thinking about ME and all the exciting things I was capable of achieving if I could only move my facial muscles post-Botox.
Tomorrow Discovery launches Planet Green, replacing its home network with the first 24/7 network dedicated to environmentally-friendly programming. The new buzz word is "eco-tainment" and the company that gave us the highly-rated "Planet Earth" series is betting it'll be in high demand.
The movie studio and its adjacent theme park owned by CNBC's parent, NBC Universal suffered a terrible fire Sunday morning, closing the theme park on a crowded Sunday, and for much of the day shutting down Citywalk, which is where I'm writing from right now (CNBC's LA bureau sits perched above the open-air mall area).
Warner Bros. reports that a full 85 percent of the audience its huge opening Friday night was female, a ratio that shifted only slightly over the weekend as women dragged more boyfriends and husbands along.
You can get a steady diet of all things ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) on CNBC and here at CNBC.com, so I'm gonna blog about something totally different. Well, it does have to do with cancer prevention. Specifically, staving off cervical cancer and/or the sexually transmitted disease known as HPV, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
Rick Harrison of "Pawn Stars," discusses the fight coming to Las Vegas this weekend, and his new shop there called "Pawn Plaza." He says he's upped security at his store for this weekend.
LONDON, April 30- Prime Minister David Cameron won the last major TV contest of Britain's election campaign, a snap Guardian/ICM poll showed on Thursday, with 44 percent of viewers saying he had performed best on the night. Conservative Party leader Cameron, up for re-election on Thursday next week, was subjected to 30 minutes of questions from a BBC TV audience.
This may be one of the greatest weekends in sports and entertainment in a long time. Here's how to see all of it.