WASHINGTON D.C. -- Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive the "2013 Cinema Icon Award" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Freeman will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.

"As one of the most esteemed actors of our time, Morgan Freeman has portrayed some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on film. From 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Glory,' 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Unforgiven' to 'Million Dollar Baby,' for which he won an Academy Award, and the recent Batman ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy,' Freeman's presence exudes a dignity, charm and soul unmatched by any other actor," noted Neuhauser. "We could not be more honored and privileged to have him be our recipient of the ‘2013 Cinema Icon Award.'"

Freeman can be seen later this spring in "Now You See Me," which is set to be released by Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, on May 31, 2013. The film, which pits an elite FBI squad against a group of the world's greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring heists, also stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, José Garcia and Michael Caine. He can also be seen on April 19 in the sci-fi actioner "Oblivion" and later this year in the comedy "Last Vegas" and the action-adventure film "The Last Knights," and he will be lending his voice to the live-action/animated "LEGO: The Piece of Resistance."

One of the most recognizable figures in American cinema, Freeman's works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. He won the Academy Award® in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Million Dollar Baby," and won the Golden Globe® in 1990 for Best Actor for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy." In 2012, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes®, and in 2011 he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. His additional film credits include "Street Smart," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Invictus," for which he also received Academy Award® nominations, "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Bucket List," "Glory" and "Amistad," to name a few. He has also narrated two Academy Award®-winning feature documentaries: "The Long Way Home" (1998) and "March of the Penguins" (2006).


GLOBAL: 'G.I. Joe' Has Biggest Overseas Opening of 2013 with $80.3 Million on March 31, 2013


G.I. Joe: Retaliation posted the biggest overseas opening of the year as it grossed $80.3 million in 53 territories, including an $11 million performance in Russia. The global cume is $132 million. The film nearly doubled the opening weekend gross of its predecessor, G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra, in the same number of territories. G.I. Joe: Retaliation can expect to add to its performance with upcoming openings in China and Japan. The film will expand to six more countries next week. 

The Croods kept up with a strong performance after last weekend's overseas premiere. The animated film grossed $52.5 million in 59 markets to reach a $140.5 million total. The global cume is $229.1 million. 

Oz: The Great and Powerful grossed another $22.2 million overseas during the holiday weekend. The overseas total for the Disney film is $214 million, with a global cume of $412.3 million. 

Jack the Giant Slayer earned a $96.4 million overseas total this weekend after making $25.2 million over the weekend. The global total is $157.7 million. 

Another Bruce Willis action film in release, A Good Day to Die Hard, earned $3.6 million in 18 territories. The overseas total is $230.1 million, representing the majority of the $296.6 million global cume.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters added $3.3 million in 31 markets this weekend, $1 million of that coming from its opening in Venezuela. The overseas total is $161.2 million. The global cume is $216.4 million. 

Identity Thief continued its slow roll out, opening in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and German-Switzerland. The film grossed $5.5 million in 25 territories this weekend for a $16.6 million overseas total. The global cume is $145.4 million.

Mama had a hold-over weekend overseas, waiting to expand to Brazil, Israel, Norway, and Sweden next weekend. It grossed $2 million in 31 territories, with 14 upcoming openings over the next few months. The overseas total stands at $55.4 million.The global cume is $126.9

Les Miserables added another $1.2 million in 33 territories over the weekend. The musical has grossed $287 million overseas. The global cume is $435.8 million. 

This is 40 reached an overseas total of $19.8 million over the weekend. It opens in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico next weekend. The global cume is $87.3 million.

Ted reached an overseas total of $330.1 million, the global cume is $548.9 million.

Anna Karenina grossed $1.3 million in 20 territories over the weekend. The overseas gross is $54.8 million.The global cume is $67.6 million.


All grosses in this report are estimated. 

UPDATED: $26 Million Two-Day Domestic Start for 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' on March 30, 2013


Saturday Update: G.I. Joe: Retaliation took in another $15.51 million on Friday, bringing its two-day domestic total to $26 million. is currently projecting $38 million for the 3-day weekend and $48.5 million for the sequel's 4-day opening.

Friday Update: Paramount reports today that G.I. Joe: Retaliation grossed a total of $10.5 million in its domestic opening Thursday. With an estimated $8.3 million of that figure coming from Thursday proper (sans midnight and Wednesday night shows), it remains to be seen whether or not fan front-loading is a factor.

The film received an "A-" CinemaScore.

Thursday: Paramount reports that G.I. Joe: Retaliation made $2.2 million from Wednesday afternoon/midnight shows. That's a relatively weak start for the action flick. It's possible that the success of Olympus Has Fallen will hinder the sequel's debut frame. Both films deal with an attack on the White House. is currently predicting a $37.5 million debut frame for Retaliation

GLOBAL: Will 'G.I. Joe' and 'The Host' Excel? on March 29, 2013




The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak ended right on time to make room for the other big three at this week’s box-office, as Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Channing Tatum bring the international day-and-date release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film was shelved for nearly a year after the original June 2012 release date was pushed back amidst rumors of re-shoots and a 3D conversion. Whatever the reason, the big-budget action-figure/children-cartoon adaptation’s sequel will hit theaters around the world this weekend, likely overshadowing Oz: The Great and Powerful and The Croods, this month’s other international success stories. The Croods expands to 17 markets this weekend and shouldn’t compete directly with Joe.

The delay means that G.I. Joe won’t have to battle Spider-Man for box-office as it was slated to last year, but the alternative might be a bit more awkward. A Good Day to Die Hard has been holding up well since its international roll-out began in mid-February, posting a $152.4 million overseas gross. There is a chance that audiences might experience Bruce Willis fatigue, on the assumption that seeing a bald person shoot a machine gun for 90 minutes gets old without some sort of hiatus.

The star power of Channing Tatum and “The Rock” is another story altogether. The former WWE superstar has seen overseas success with his two previous films, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Fast Five, grossing a respective $222 million and $416 million overseas. Channing Tatum might be a harder sell.; while dedicating the bulk of the last two years to star in Steven Soderbergh movies has helped launch his career in the United States, those aren’t the type of films to adequately compare his drawing power with G.I  Joe: Retaliation.

We can’t talk about the weekend without mentioning The Host, adapted from “Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer’s latest novel. The Twilight saga’s five films grossed over $3.34 billion worldwide. It will be interesting to see if The Host can benefit from the same box-office magic. Director Andrew Niccol’s previous science-fiction film, the Justin Timberlake vehicle In Time, under whelmed at the North American box-office but found new life overseas with a $136 million gross that buoyed its global tally to a $173 million cume. A cast of relative unknowns might be a liability, however, and the film will have to rely on its genre and Meyer’s Twilight connection to break through.

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