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International Box Office Update: 'Madagascar 3' Holds #1 Spot In 30 Countries on June 27, 2012

madagascar3review.pngTalking animals continued to dominate the world this past weekend as Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted retained the #1 spot in 30 countries. Snow White and the Huntsman also had a strong presence thanks to #1 finishes in key territories such as Australia, Belgium, Holland, New Zealand and Finland. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter posted #1 debuts in the UK, Kuwait, Malaysia and Indonesia.

International grosses for the weekend of June 22-24, 2012:

Argentina

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $2,225,593 from 234 locations. Location avg. = $9,511. Territory cume = $11,466,847

Australia

Snow White and the Huntsman: $6,009,473 from 379 locations. Location avg. = $15,856. Territory cume = N/A

Austria

Snow White and the Huntsman: $90,243 from 82 locations. Location avg. = $1,101. Territory cume = $1,483,631

Belgium

Snow White and the Huntsman: $573,344 from 65 locations. Location avg. = $8,821. Territory cume = $1,607,185

Bolivia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $90,703 from 17 locations. Location avg. = $5,335. Territory cume = $514,978

Brazil

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $2,943,545 from 822 locations. Location avg. = $3,581. Territory cume = $22,589,282

Bulgaria

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $32,876 from 12 locations. Location avg. = $2,740. Territory cume = $291,798

Chile

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $622,696 from 106 locations. Location avg. = $5,874. Territory cume = $2,727,152

Croatia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $54,880 from 28 locations. Location avg. = $10,153. Territory cume = $371,060

Czech Republic

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $280,560 from 77 locations. Location avg. = $3,644. Territory cume = $1,037,708

Denmark

Snow White and the Huntsman: $145,436 from 53 locations. Location avg. = $2,744. Territory cume = $1,072,106

Ecuador

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $391,776 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $6,530. Territory cume = $2,132,669

Egypt

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $56,569 from 10 locations. Location avg. = $5,657. Territory cume = $133,341

Estonia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $38,671 from 9 locations. Location avg. = $4,297. Territory cume = $248,288

Finland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $32,733 from 60 locations. Location avg. = $32,733. Territory cume = $672,441

France

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $3,444,955 from 685 locations. Location avg. = $5,029. Territory cume = $18,794,925

Germany

Men in Black (3D): $962,072 from 555 locations. Location avg. = $1,733. Territory cume = $19,379,950

Greece

The Lucky One: $110,379 from 40 locations. Location avg. = $2,759. Territory cume = $110,379

Holland

Snow White and the Huntsman: $523,115 from 100 locations. Location avg. = $5,231. Territory cume = $2,327,186

Hong Kong

Che Sau (Motorway): $927,145 from 51 locations. Location avg. = $18,179. Territory cume = $927,145

Hungary

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $269,689 from 62 locations. Location avg. = $4,350. Territory cume = $780,003

Iceland

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $23,345 from 12 locations. Location avg. = $1,945. Territory cume = $91,367

Indonesia

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $589,119 from 111 locations. Location avg. = $5,307. Territory cume = $589,119

Israel

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $380,665 from 43 locations. Location avg. = $8,853. Territory cume = $380,665

Italy

The Dictator: $392,015 from 336 locations. Location avg. = $1,167. Territory cume = $1,685,769

Japan

Snow White and the Huntsman: $2,538,108 from 571 locations. Location avg. = $4,445. Territory cume = $10,938,964

Kenya

Think Like A Man: $10,938 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $1,823. Territory cume = $10,938.

Korea

Miss Go Project: $1,720,789 from 439 locations. Location avg. = $3,920. Territory cume = $2,091,986.

Kuwait

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $108,627 from 11 locations. Location avg. = $9,875. Territory cume = $108,627.

Latvia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $30,799 from 15 locations. Location avg. = $2,053. Territory cume = $288,397.

Lebanon

Men In Black 3 (3D): $5,086 from 1 location. Location avg. = $5,086. Territory cume = $196,469.

Lithuania

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $69,586 from 20 locations. Location avg. = $3,479. Territory cume = $368,177.

Malaysia

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $887,307 from 142 locations. Location avg. = $6,249. Territory cume = $887,307.

Mexico

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $3,696,557 from 1,609 locations. Location avg. = $2,297. Territory cume = $20,183,583.

New Zealand

Snow White and the Huntsman: $647,802 from 90 locations. Location avg. = $7,198. Territory cume = $669,638.

Nigeria

Think Like A Man: $35,464 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $5,911. Territory cume = $35,464.

Norway

Snow White and the Huntsman: $158,174 from 95 locations. Location avg. = $1,665. Territory cume = $1,314,796.

Oman

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $25,177 from 3 locations. Location avg. = $8,392. Territory cume = $25,177.

Peru

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $791,476 from 102 locations. Location avg. = $7,760. Territory cume = $4,079,034.

Philippines

Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyerne: $511,847 from 120 locations. Location avg. = $4,265. Territory cume = $2,260,179

Poland

What to Expect When You're Expecting: $183,449 from 115 locations. Location avg. = $1,595. Territory cume = $236,477.

Portugal

Prometheus: $86,059 from 68 locations. Location avg. = $1,266. Territory cume = $736,430.

Romania

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $128,076 from 63 locations. Location avg. = $2,033. Territory cume = $479,108.

Russia

Men In Black 3 (3D): $87,950 from 94 locations. Location avg. = $936. Territory cume = $9,816,806.

Serbia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $22,319 from 18 locations. Location avg. = $1,240. Territory cume = $88,585.

Singapore

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $639,298 from 37 locations. Location avg. = $17,278. Territory cume = $4,266,249.

Slovakia

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $106,201 from 22 locations. Location avg. = $4,827. Territory cume = $403,716.

Slovenia

Prometheus: $10,869 from 14 locations. Location avg. = $776. Territory cume = $101,225.

South Africa

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $558,651 from 93 locations. Location avg. = $6,007. Territory cume = $1,295,818.

Spain

Tengo Ganas De Ti (I Want You): $3,813,618 from 525 locations. Location avg. = $7,264. Territory cume = $4,058,223.

Suriname

Men In Black 3 (3D): $1,488 from 1 location. Location avg. = $1,488. Territory cume = $37,442.

Sweden

Snow White and the Huntsman: $450,731 from 91 locations. Location avg. = $4,953. Territory cume = $1,967,494.

Switzerland (Fr.)

The Dictator: $101,943 from 24 locations. Location avg. = $4,248. Territory cume = $137,587.

Switzerland (Ger.)

Snow White and the Huntsman: $66,568 from 35 locations. Location avg. = $1,902. Territory cume = $882,297.

Switzerland (Itl.)

Men In Black 3 (3D): $1,240 from 4 locations. Location avg. = $310. Territory cume = $85,435.

Taiwan

Streetdance 2 (3D): $470,241 from 51 locations. Location avg. = $9,220. Territory cume = $674,604.

Thailand

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $220,977 from 68 locations. Location avg. = $3,250. Territory cume = $1,281,240.

Trinidad & Tobago

That's My Boy: $12,735 from 6 locations. Location avg. = $2,123. Territory cume = $34,785.

Turkey

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $269,425 from 216 locations. Location avg. = $1,247. Territory cume = $2,047,242.

Ukraine

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $444,465 from 150 locations. Location avg. = $2,963. Territory cume = $3,821,266.

United Arab Emirates

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $782,064 from 48 locations. Location avg. = $16,293. Territory cume = $2,671,327.

United Kingdom

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: $1,719,299 from 460 locations. Location avg. = $3,738. Territory cume = $1,719,299.

Uruguay

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $143,739 from 20 locations. Location avg. = $7,187. Territory cume = $650,074.

Venezuela

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $1,175,481 from 97 locations. Location avg. = $12,118. Territory cume = $5,743,563.

Vietnam

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: $167,504 from 37 locations. Location avg. = $4,527. Territory cume = $1,520,787.

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Steven Soderbergh Defies Expectations With 'Magic Mike' on June 26, 2012

soderberghmagicmike.pngBy Phil Contrino

We have a movie-themed social experiment to recommend this week.

Walk up to a group of women who are discussing Magic Mikeit shouldn't be hard to findand follow this script:

"Hey, do you remember the movie Contagion? It's the creepy virus thriller that came out last fall."

Someone in the group is bound to remember at least seeing the trailer.

"Well, Magic Mike is from the same director."

Now soak up the confused looks and walk away.

If you sat down to make a list of directors who were least likely to helm a film about male strippers, Steven Soderbergh would rank close to the top. The 49-year-old Oscar winner is known for socially-aware flicks such as Traffic, Erin Brockovich, The Informant! and Contagion. When he feels like having fun, he directs another sequel to Ocean's 11. Yet all it took was an impassioned pitch by Tatum for Magic Mike on the set of Soderbergh's Haywire to grab the director's interest.

Even though Soderbergh's pedigree is impeccable, Warner Bros. has wisely decided not to focus the marketing campaign for Magic Mike on him. After all, you don't need a degree in marketing to understand that the words "from the director of Traffic and Contagion" don't exactly correspond to a night of escapism at the movies with the girls.

Soderbergh's decision to defy expectations with Magic Mike may end up giving him one of his biggest financial successes. The director's biggest hitno surprise hereremains Ocean's 11 with $183 million ($257.1 million when adjusted for inflation). He's cracked the $100 million domestic mark four other times: Traffic ($124.1 million/$182.4 million adjusted); Erin Brockovich ($125.6 million/$184.5 million adjusted); Ocean's Twelve ($125.5 million/$160.1 million adjusted) and Ocean's 13 ($117.2 million/$134.9 million adjusted). If Magic Mike turns into the kind of movie that women obsessively see multiple times in theaters, then Soderbergh could be looking at his 6th $100 million film. At the very least, Magic Mike could matchor exceedContagion's $76 million domestic haul.

Why are expectations for Magic Mike so high? That's easy: Channing Tatum. 2012 is Tatum's year. In February, The Vow became the go-to choice for couples around the world and it made $194.6 million worldwide thanks to that distinction. One month later, 21 Jump Street rode a wave of glowing reviewsfrom both critics and casual moviegoersto take in $195.6 million worldwide. Now, with Magic Mike, Tatum is set to truly capitalize on his status as a sex symbol.

Critics are also on Magic Mike's side. In his 4 star review for Boxofffice, Mark Olsen writes that, "By way of sleight-of-hand, Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike both is and isn't the freewheeling, fun-loving, male stripper extravaganza its trailers peddle." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter compares the film to Boogie Nights in his rave review.

Will a successful theatrical run for Magic Mike make it difficult for Soderbergh to step away from filmmaking? The director has toyed with taking a sabbatical from directing to pursue painting. The strange thing is he isn't acting like a guy who's trying to take a break from his profession. He has The Bitter Pill, a film that examines the dangers of subscription medicine, due out in February 2013. He's also working on an ambitious Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas in the title role.

Soderbergh's diverse career makes him one of the most interesting director's working today. Here's hoping he takes on painting in his spare time between film projects.

FANDANGO EXPANDS ONLINE AND MOBILE MOVIE TICKETING TO MILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL MOVIEGOERS, FORGING FIRST-TIME AGREEMENT WITH MSN MOVIES AND MSN ENTERTAINMENT on June 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, today announced a ticketing agreement with MSN, Microsoft Corp.'s information and entertainment network. This makes Fandango the official online and mobile movie ticketer for MSN Movies (http://movies.msn.com/) and MSN Entertainment (http://entertainment.msn.com). The combined traffic of the MSN sites reaches more than 100 million U.S. users per month (comScore).

"This strategic relationship with MSN delivers Fandango's expansive ticketing capabilities and mobile innovations to millions of additional movie fans across the country," said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango. "The deal reflects the company's ongoing strategy to provide access to Fandango's broad network of screens and movie content for fans on every platform."

"MSN is a great place for people to get the latest information on the summer's hottest movies, and now thanks to our agreement with Fandango, it's easier than ever for MSN fans to purchase movie tickets via Fandango's network of nearly 20,000 theater screens," said Rob Bennett, General Manager of Entertainment, Video and Sports for MSN.

This collaboration with MSN is the latest in a series of recent announcements demonstrating Fandango's continued momentum. Thanks in part to record-breaking ticket sales for "The Avengers," the company enjoyed its best-selling month of May in its 12-year history with a 47% surge in year-over-year ticket sales and a 29% percent year-over-year increase in monthly site visitors (totaling 34 million). Fandango also significantly expanded its exhibitor reach through deals with AMC Theatres, Regency Theatres and many other chains. In addition, Fandango struck recent partnerships to become the movie ticketing provider for both Yahoo! and AOL's Moviefone, bringing its award-winning apps, reserved seating, and paperless Mobile Ticket scanning to an increasingly larger number of moviegoers across the country.

 


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