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Screenings at more than 4,000 theaters in North America brought in $30 million, beating the prior Twilight sequel's opening night.
A ray of light for movie theaters struggling with a weak summer box office: Cinema ads are on the rise. The Cinema Advertising Council released a new report on movie theater ads.
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Hollywood's strong box office run so far this year came to a screeching halt Memorial Day weekend, as movies' theatrical performance fell off a cliff.
Studios used to slavishly target young males, considered the holy grail of a blockbuster movie openings. Now aspirational, stylish women have joined those ranks — they're already buying tickets to Sex & The City 2, which opens at 12:01 am Friday morning.
The next three months are without a doubt Hollywood's most important season, generating an average 42 percent of annual box office. And this summer promises to generate the biggest U.S. box office on record — we could see over $4 billion dollars in tickets sold.
Movie theaters are finally about to secure the financing they need to convert enough screens to 3-D to drive the next leg of box office growth.
Cramer highlights the movie industry’s resurgent revenue driver.
Hollywood had a huge year in 2009: the box office hit an unprecedented peak and ticket sales reached highs they haven't seen since 2004.
With Avatar opening at 12:01 am on Friday, everyone's waiting to see if the much-anticipated movie lives up to the hype, and how it performs at the box office. I got a sneak preview last week -- it certainly didn't disappoint me -- I was particularly wowed by the intricate, beautiful world James Cameron creates -- but we'll see if the live action-computer generated 3-D hybrid pulls everyone else in.
Cash-strapped, bargain shoppers are a great thing for Hollywood box office performance. This Thanksgiving weekend broke box office records — the highest-ever box office performance for the long five-day holiday weekend.
Vampires are the new black. They're cool, mysterious, appealing to all ages, and they (figuratively speaking) turn everything they touch into solid gold. Vampire-chic hit the mainstream when "Twilight" came out last year.
Today Disney is bringing an old story into a new high-tech dimension: "Disney's A Christmas Carol" is the widest digital 3-D release ever. Of the movie's 3,683 theaters in the US, 2,035 are 3-D, including 181 Imax screens. The movie is also opening this weekend in 18 countries around the world, with many of those screens in 3-D.
DreamWorks Animation showed some "Monster" strength in the third quarter, beating Wall Street projections with better than expected DVD sales and the ongoing performance of "Monsters vs. Aliens."
The day Michael Jackson fans from around the world have been waiting for is finally here. "This Is It" - the much debated, controversial and expensive concert-documentary film, compiled with footage of Jackson's final rehearsals - starts playing tonight, in 3500 theaters in the U.S. and simultaneous premiers in 16 cities across the globe.
At long last 3-D is finally rolling out to more theaters, which means great news for movie theater chains and studios who, with the technology, can charge more for tickets and pack theaters.
To fanboys across the country today is "Avatar Day": 20th Century Fox is giving a free, sneak peek at 16 minutes of James Cameron's much anticipated film. The movie doesn't come out until December 18, but needless to say, there's already incredible buzz.
With one day left in the quarter, the Dow and S&P ended in positive territory as fund managers snapped up winners in an attempt to embellish their portfolios.
It appears the sentencing of Bernard Madoff has restored at least some investor confidence to a nervous market. Should you play it for a relief rally?
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