BURBANK, Calif. -- Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in "Frozen," a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck ("Tarzan," "Surf's Up") and produced by Peter Del Vecho ("Winnie the Pooh," "The Princess and the Frog"), "Frozen" features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In "Frozen," a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Couples Retreat," and the upcoming films "Hit & Run," "Some Girls" and the Farrelly Brothers' "Movie 43." On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in "Heroes" and "Veronica Mars." Broadway credits include "The Crucible" and "Tom Sawyer."
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway's "Wicked" (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent." Film credits include "Enchanted" and the feature film "Rent." She has appeared in a recurring role on TV's "Glee" and recently released "Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony," a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical "The Book of Mormon," which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("South Park"), and the musical "Avenue Q," which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London's West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show "In Transit" is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011's "Winnie the Pooh," a stage version of "Finding Nemo" and a new musical called "Up Here."
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The actual numbers are in and not only did MADAGASCAR 3 beat Sunday's weekend estimate by grossing $76.4M internationally in 28 territories this past weekend, but it also set a number of records within the individual territories.
• In Argentina, MADAGASCAR 3 posted the best opening ever for any movie, live-action or animated, outgrossing the Avengers by 10%, Harry Potter 7 by 16% and Pirates 4 by 47%. Compared with other animated titles, the opening was 38% better than Shrek 4 and 72% better than Toy Story 3. What makes the Madagascar 3 opening all the more impressive is that the film did not open either on a holiday weekend or during school vacation.
• The Brazilian opening of MADAGASCAR 3 was the territory's biggest opening ever for an animated title ahead of Rio, Ice Age 3 and Shrek 4, and also represents DWA and Paramount's biggest opening ever. MADAGASCAR 3 represents the territory's 4th biggest opening ever behind Avengers, Twilight 3 - Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
• In Chile, MADAGASCAR 3's opening was the third best opening for an animated title in a non-vacation period.
• In Venezuela, the opening of MADAGASCAR 3 was the best opening ever for an animated title and the third best opening for any film, live-action or animated.
• The opening in Trinidad of MADAGASCAR 3 represented the best DWA and Dreamworks opening of all time, as well as the best all-time opening of any animated title.
• In China, the MADAGASCAR 3 opening is the #2 opening weekend of all time for a foreign animated film, behind Kung Fu Panda 2 (RMB 105M for the Sat-Sun 2-day weekend).
• Singapore's MADAGASCAR 3 opening represented both the #3 all-time best opening for an animated title (behind Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda).
• In India, the MADAGASCAR 3 opening was DWA's second-best of all-time (behind Kung Fu Panda 2) and the third highest grossing opening weekend for an animated title of all time.
• The opening of MADAGASCAR 3 in Colombia was the best opening weekend this year for an animated title and the second-best opening this year for any film (behind Avengers).
• Malaysia's opening of MADAGASCAR 3 represented the second best opening for an animated title of all time (behind Kung Fu Panda 2).
International grosses from June 8-10, 2012:
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $75.5 million from 28 markets. International cume = $75.5 million. Worldwide cume = $135.9 million. Top Three Markets: Russia ($16.5 million); Brazil ($11 million); China ($10.5 million).
Prometheus: $39.2 million from 8,263 locations in 50 markets. International cume = $91.5 million. Worldwide cume = $141.5 million.
Men in Black 3: $38.3 million in 79 markets. International cume = $352.1 million. Worldwide cume = $487.6 million.
Snow White and the Huntsman: $24.6 million from 52 territories. International cume = $83.5 million. Worldwide cume = $182 million.
Marvel's The Avengers: $7.8 million from 54 territories representing 95% of the market. International cume = $824.4 million. Worldwide cume = $1,396,300,000.
Los Angeles, CA -- Tickets are now on sale for the IMAX release of The Dark Knight Rises, the third film of the critically acclaimed trilogy that introduces Gotham City's newest super villains, Bane and leading lady Selina Kyle. Director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated epic conclusion hits IMAX theatres worldwide day-and-date with the traditional release on July 20.
While making the 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan was the first filmmaker to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on The Dark Knight Rises: The IMAX Experience® -including the film's prologue - incorporating a record of more than an hour of footage filmed with IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill the entire screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
"Director Christopher Nolan, Producers Emma Thomas and Chuck Roven, and Cinematographer Wally Pfister's cinematic vision is unparalleled and continues to set the bar for excellence," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "They are long-term partners and we're happy to team with them and our friends at Warner Bros. to offer IMAX fans an opportunity to experience this highly-anticipated conclusion to the Batman trilogy the way it was meant to be seen - in IMAX theatres."
Sequences shot in 35mm have been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar® winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
Sunday Update: Paramount estimates that Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted will take in $60.35 million during its debut frame.
Saturday Update: Paramount reports that Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted managed $20.450 million on Friday. We're projecting a $61.4 million debut frame.
Thursday Update: Paramount reports that Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted already has $7.5 million in the bank from only three territories:
Russia: $3.7 million from 881 locations—the strongest opening ever for an animated flick in Russia.
Korea: $1.9 million from 502 locations
France: $1.9 million from 685 locations
Madagascar 3 opens in 28 markets this coming weekend including Russia, China, France, Korea, Brazil, and Mexico—day and date with the U.S.
Sunday Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Prometheus' debut haul is $50 million.
Saturday Update: 20th Century Fox reports that Prometheus took in a healthy $21.4 million on Friday. We're projecting $53.5 million for the weekend.
Friday Update: 20th Century Fox reports that Promethus took in $3,561 million from midnight shows at 1,368 North American locations for a location average of $2,603.
Comparable midnight openings include Avatar ($3.537 million), TRON: Legacy ($3.5 million) and X-Men: First Class ($3.37 million). Avatar opened to $77 million; TRON: Legacy did $44 million; X-Men: First Class grabbed $55 million.