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GLOBAL: 'The Croods' Opens Day-and-Date with $108 Million on March 24, 2013

croods.pngThe Croods took over the world box office this weekend, posting a strong $108 million global cume as it took over the #1 spot in 44 of the 47 overseas markets it opened. The $63.3 million overseas total came in large part to exceptional openings in Russia ($12.9 million), Mexico ($9.5 million), and the UK ($8.3 million). The DreamWorks film received a day-and-date roll-out from Fox this weekend that included key markets in Europe and Latin America. It will expand to 19 additional markets next weekend.

Oz: The Great and Powerful continues its strong run in the overseas box office despite showing a 53% drop in the global market compared to last weekend. The Disney film grossed $21.7 million in 55 territories over the weekend for an overseas total of $178.8 million. The Disney film now posts larger overseas than domestic numbers. The global total stands at $356.4 million.

A Good Day to Die Hard earned $10.5 million overseas this weekend, largely coming from its Australian premiere ($4 million) and a $4.2 million take in China. The overseas total for the Bruce Willis franchise is $220.2 million, representing the majority of its $286.1 million global gross. 

Jack the Giant Slayer took in $19.3 million from 47 markets this weekend, bringing its overseas total to $60.5 million. Bryan Singer's adventure film opened to tough competition from The Croods in Russia and the UK this weekend, finishing a distant second place in both markets. The film has a global cume of $116.5 million. 

Identity Thief added Russia, UK, South Africa, Spain, and Ukraine but only saw its overseas total grow to $8.2 million in 23 territories. A packed release calendar in Russia and the UK this weekend didn't help the American comedy, grossing $2 million and $1.2 million in those markets respectively. The film is slated to open in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and German-Switzerland next weekend.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed $1.4 million on its fourth weekend in Germany. It represented nearly half of the film's $3.5 million weekend in 35 territories this weekend. The overseas cume is $156.8 million and the global cume is $211.5 million. 

Mama added seven more territories and saw its overseas total grow to $51.8 million in 35 territories. The global total is now $123.1 million.

Les Miserables reached an overseas total of $284.3 million. The musical's global total is $433 million.

Anna Karenina reached an overseas total of $52.4 million in 22 territories. The film's global total is $65.2 million.

This is 40 reached an overseas total of $18.5 million. The global total is $86 million. 

Ted posted an overseas total of $329.6 million. The global total stands at $548.4 million.

Lincoln is still adding to its numbers in South Korea and Australia. The Steven Spielberg biopic has grossed $81 million overseas. The global cume is $262.5 million.

 

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All the figures quoted in this story are estimated grosses. 

 

REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ANNOUNCES SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS 2013 on March 21, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced the launch of the Regal Summer Movie Express for 2013. During this 9-week festival, 296 Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar at 10:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

"We are excited to invite moviegoers to climb back aboard the Regal Summer Movie Express. This year Regal will feature a fantastic selection of films including Parental Guidance and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," stated Russ Nunley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal is proud to provide this great activity each summer for moviegoers of all ages."

Since 1991, Regal has hosted special summertime entertainment for families to enjoy and to foster a love of moviegoing in each new generation. Participating locations and their start dates are listed online at: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

 

MPAA: 2012's Overall Global Box Office Set A New Record on March 21, 2013

Key stats from an official report released by the MPAA today:

Global
•Global box office for all films released in each country around the world reached $34.7 billion in 2012, up 6% over 2011's total, due to an increase in international box office ($23.9 billion) and U.S./Canada box office ($10.8 billion). All international regions with the exception of Europe experienced growth in 2012. Chinese box office ($2.7 billion) grew by 36% in 2012 to become the largest international market, surpassing Japan.

•International box office is up 32% over five years ago, driven by growth in various international markets, including China, Russia and Brazil.

•Over two-thirds of the world's nearly 130,000 cinema screens are now digital.

U.S./Canada
•2012 U.S./Canada box office was $10.8 billion, up 6% compared to $10.2 billion in 2011, and up 12% from five years ago. 3D box office was similar to 2011 ($1.8 billion), despite fewer 3D film releases.

•The 2012 increase in U.S./Canada box office was due to an equivalent increase in admissions (6%) compared to 2011, as admissions reached 1.36 billion, while the average cinema ticket price stayed flat.

•More than two-thirds of the U.S./Canada population (68%) - or 225 million people - went to the movies at least once in 2012, consistent with prior years. Ticket sales continue to be driven by frequent moviegoers who attend once a month or more. In 2012, frequent moviegoers represented 13% of the population and 57% of all movie tickets, an increase of 7 percentage points in ticket share from 2011, at the expense of occasional moviegoer ticket share. This suggests that the increase in ticket sales in 2012 was among moviegoers who increased their attendance from less than once a month, to once a month or more.

•Broader moviegoer demographic shares remain relatively stable from 2011 to 2012, with 12-24 year olds and Hispanics continuing to oversample in moviegoing versus their proportion of the population - however, 2012 saw increases in the number of frequent moviegoers in nearly every ethnicity and age group, notably in the 40-49 year old group.

•In 2012, 48% of all U.S./Canada moviegoers viewed at least one movie in 3D, with attendance continuing to skew toward younger moviegoers.

Carmike Cinemas to Open Its Second Ovation Dining Club VIP Dining Experience at the Grand Boulevard 10 Entertainment Complex in Sandestin, FL on March 29 on March 19, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ga. & DESTIN, Fla. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3-D motion picture exhibitor, announced today that its state-of-the-art Boulevard 10 entertainment complex, set to open March 29th, will be home to the theatre circuit's second Ovation Dining Club, an upscale dining and movie-going experience that is the "dinner-and-a-movie" concept tweaked and enhanced for the 21st Century.

Located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, a beautifully landscaped retail center known for its high-end shopping and dining establishments, the Ovation Dining Club in the Boulevard 10 offers moviegoers a more intimate, sophisticated experience, replete with lush leather seating, swing around tables, a wall-to-wall movie screen, wide selection of premium beers and wine and a full-service restaurant experience.

Imagine immersing oneself in the latest Hollywood blockbuster while being served succulent dishes that range from a simple cheese plate of gruyere and brie with apple, dried and fresh fruit, compote, and toasted baguette; to seared bay scallops with grilled polenta, topped with micro greens and garnished with basil oil and red pepper drizzle; to a soy-glazed chicken breast wrapped in a tomato herb tortilla, with a sweet Asian sesame slaw, peppers, onion, garlic and carrots.

That is a long way from popcorn and candy. But then again, the Ovation Dining Club is for a different type of movie and dining experience. The luxury recliners and over-21 age policy create a perfect backdrop for a date night with that special someone. The drinks, appetizers, and dessert options make it a great spot for a girls' night out; and the time saved by doing dinner with a movie produce the perfect venue for after-work social gatherings.

It's a movie theatre. It's a restaurant. It is the premiere place to watch the future of film and experience the future of film-going, all while enjoying delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and your favorite wines and beers brought right to your seat.

Join Carmike Cinemas and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin as they celebrate the grand opening of the Boulevard 10 and its crown jewel: the Ovation Dining Club.

 


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