CULVER CITY, Calif. -- This weekend, SkyfallTM, the 23rd James Bond adventure, became the best-performing film of all time in the longest-running film franchise in motion picture history, with a global cume of $669.2 million and passing the $599.2 million worldwide total taken in by Casino Royale in 2006. The box office success of Skyfall has helped to push Sony Pictures Entertainment to its biggest year ever at the global box office, surpassing $4 billion worldwide for the first time in its history and besting the studio's previous high $3.585 billion, set in 2009. The announcement was made today by Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.
The studio's slate of hits this year, in addition to Skyfall, included The Amazing Spider-ManTM (appx $754 million worldwide), Men in BlackTM 3 (appx $624 million worldwide), and Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania (over $270 million worldwide). The studio also had strong performers in Resident Evil: Retribution, Underworld: Awakening, and 21 Jump Street. In total, the studio is ranked #1 in North American market share, had nine #1 films at the domestic box office, and a slate that as of today totals $1.628 billion domestically and $2.4 billion overseas. The international box office figure is also a record for the studio.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has one more film on its release calendar, Zero Dark Thirty, from the Oscar®-winning team behind The Hurt Locker, director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal. Zero Dark Thirty will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 19.
Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, "Exceeding $4 billion globally is a true rarity in this industry and it's an extraordinary accomplishment for all of us at Sony Pictures. From The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall to 21 Jump Street, Resident Evil, The Vow and Hotel Transylvania, we couldn't be more proud of the way our films have performed all over the world."
Skyfall is from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
LOS ANGELES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" represents 92% of today's ticket sales, with thousands of showtimes sold out across the country, from major markets like New York and Los Angeles and smaller communities from Alabaster, Alabama to Zanesville, Ohio. The epic conclusion of the "Twilight" series has been among the site's top three ticket-sellers each day since advance tickets first went on sale on October 1.
"It's the most anticipated moviegoing event of the season," said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango, "and our surveys indicate that the action in ‘Part 2' may be driving new moviegoers to see the grand finale. We expect that fans will take advantage of Fandango's many conveniences, like our mobile apps and mobile barcode ticketing, to guarantee their seats to the epic conclusion."
According to a recent Fandango survey of more than 1,000 moviegoers, "Breaking Dawn, Part 2" is the most anticipated film of the fall, with 57% of fans planning to see it more than once on the big screen.
When asked which elements of the movie were most appealing, a majority (52%) of fans picked the action, while 48% picked the romance. Among the film's most anticipated scenes, Bella's awakening/transformation as a vampire was the most selected, cited by (47%) of fans. Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee), Judi Shekoni (Zafrina), Lee Pace (Garrett), Patrick Brennan (Liam), and Rami Malek (Benjamin) are the top five new franchise actors that fans are most excited to see on the big screen.
Fans can check out the inside scoop on the film at Fandango's "Twilight Movie Guide," featuring red carpet coverage and exclusive and extensive on-set reports and video interviews with each of the film's biggest stars including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. To check out all that Fandango has to offer on "Breaking Dawn, Part 2," see http://thetwilightsaga.fandango.com.
Last month was Fandango's most successful October in the company's nearly 12-year history, with mobile as a strong driver of sales and traffic. Fandango's mobile ticket sales in October 2012 have increased 223% year-over-year, and mobile purchases now account for more than 30% of overall ticket sales on Fandango. Downloads of Fandango's popular mobile apps are also up more than 47% since this time last year, with total downloads surpassing the 28 million mark.
Thursday Update #2: THR.com is now reporting that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 already has $13.8 million in the bank internationally.
Thursday Update #1: Some early international numbers are coming in for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. It's all good news:
Deadline.com reports that Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has already grossed $1.8 million in France, $264K in the Netherlands, $362K in Sweeden and $531K in Belgium. Part 2 is outpacing Part I in all those territories.
THR.com reports that Part 2 is also off to a strong start in Italy with $2.8 million on its first night. That's enough to push Part 2 past The Avengers for the distinction of 2012's best opening day in Italy.
LOS ANGELES -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), today announced that they have agreed to release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in the immersive IMAX Experience® over the next three years, in an extension of the core partnership that began in 2003. The arrangement will continue to align the worldwide box office power of Warner Bros.' tent-pole film business with the fast-growing global popularity of The IMAX Experience, providing the studio with an additional, differentiated platform that consistently delivers the best experience in cinema and strong returns for studios and exhibitors.
The arrangement also underscores the excitement around Warner Bros.' upcoming slate, which includes many of the most anticipated movie-event titles emerging from Hollywood over the next few years. Warner Bros. titles to be released for 2013 include: Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1, 2013); Man of Steel (June 14, 2013); Pacific Rim (July 12, 2013); 300: Rise of an Empire (August 2, 2013); Gravity; Seventh Son (October 18, 2013); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13, 2013).
"Together with IMAX and our exhibitor partners, we have built a unique, incremental distribution platform over the last 10 years," said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are excited to continue this tradition and offer these films to audiences in the most premium of moviegoing experiences."
"The IMAX footprint continues to expand with tremendous success around the world," said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are very pleased to be presenting our 2013 and future slate in this premium theatrical environment."
"Our longstanding partnership with Warner Bros. has resulted in extraordinary experiences for IMAX audiences, and we're excited to add these core additional titles to our upcoming film slate," said Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. "The growing network of IMAX theatres around the globe continues to enable all of our studio partners to deliver their films in a uniquely immersive way, and provide moviegoers with a premium way to experience the biggest movies."
"IMAX continues to have a deep appreciation for the Warner Bros. team and its talented filmmaker collective as well as its comprehensive approach to our industry," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We're confident that our continued partnership with Warner Bros. on all levels - pre-production, production, post production, marketing and distribution - will greatly benefit our two companies, our exhibition partners and moviegoers worldwide."