LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Voltage Pictures have entered into a three-year, five picture output deal with new genre label Rapid Eye Film. Rapid Eye Film, founded by filmmaker Marco Weber ("Igby Goes Down," "The Thirteenth Floor", "Unthinkable", "The Informers"), will develop, finance and produce the films, and Cinedigm will provide a US theatrical release and subsequent roll out across on-demand, digital, TV and DVD. Nic Chartier's Voltage Pictures ("The Hurt Locker," "Don Jon's Addiction") will handle international sales on all five films.
The first film green lit under the agreement is the sci-fi thriller "Unraveling," with casting under way. "Unraveling" was written and will be directed by Weber, who is producing alongside his longtime producing partner Vanessa Coifman ("Fireflies in the Garden," "A Late Quartet") and producer Miggel Schwickerath ("The Informers"). The film will shoot on location in Los Angeles this spring. "Unraveling" is best described as a cross of "Angel Heart" and "Seven."
"Marco and I have a long and successful history, going back to ‘Igby Goes Down'," said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. "And, we are thrilled to work with Nic and his team at Voltage to bring these exciting new films to the worldwide marketplace."
"We loved the script of Unraveling and wanted to be involved with Marco on this one and his next movies," said Nicolas Chartier, founder of Voltage Pictures. "Cinedigm is growing very fast and having a US distributor on the films will be great for all our international partners."
In additional news, Weber's directorial debut, "Leashed," was also picked up by Cinedigm for digital distribution in the US and a number of international territories.
"Leashed" is a dark teen thriller featuring Chad Lowe and starring actors Gia Mantegna and Devon Werkheiser. The film premiered at the International Sitges Film Festival in competition.
Django Unchained tacked on another $30.6 million from 6,060 screens in 65 markets. The overseas cume is now $158.2 million. Globally, Quentin Tarantino's latest has $309.2 million in the bank.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grabbed another $15.3 million overseas, pushing its total to $62.5 million. The film's global haul is now $97.1 million. Stats from Paramount:
As the highest new opening, Ukraine's estimated opening is at a strong $517k from 109 locales. Estimated ranking is at #1.
Turkey is estimated to have opened with a solid $435k from 158 cinemas as the top non-local title.
Non-PPI opening this weekend in Norway made $367k from 72 locations at #1.
Brazil's 2nd weekend saw $2.75M from 367 cinemas pushing the local cume to $10.3M. The drop from the opening is at only 36% and the film remains at the top spot in the local box office.
Mexico's 2nd weekend is estimated at $2.2M from 570 cinemas to hold on to the top spot at the box office. The cume is now at $7.5M.
Russia made $1.6M in its 3rd weekend from 500 locations. Cume is now at $18.6M.
Colombia added $986k over the 2nd weekend, dropping just 19% and remaining at #1. The cume is now at $2.8M.
Lincoln made $13 million from 3,510 locations in 43 markets for an overseas total of $32.7 million. The Oscar-nominated flick's global cume is now $203.4 million. Stats from Fox, the film's overseas distributor:
France leads the charge with $2.8m from 312 screens, while holdovers Italy ($2.2m, down only 22%), the UK ($2.2m, down only 17%), Germany ($919K, up 15%), Spain ($739K, down only 39%), and Brazil ($715K, down only 31%) show great resolve in a competitive marketplace. The international cume stands tall at $32.7m. The campaign expands into 7 markets next weekend, including Australia and Argentina.
Les Miserables took in $12.2 million from 2,665 locations in 40 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $198.4 million. The global total is now $339.9 million. Stats from Universal:LES MIS opened in 6 territories this weekend including record-breaking openings in Brazil and Thailand. Brazil opened No. 2 with an outstanding $955k at 135 dates and set the record as the biggest musical opening day ever in this market. Thailand opened with a terrific $284k at 33 dates, which makes LES MIS the biggest musical opening weekend ever in this market. Italy opened No. 6 with a fair $1M at 265 dates. We will have opening weekend results from Bulgaria, Slovenia and Uruguay on Monday.
In the U.K. and Ireland, LES MIS is the No. 1 film for the fourth weekend in a row. The weekend estimate is $4.7M (£2.9M) at 551 dates for a 24-day total of $48.2M (£30.2M). It is the biggest Hugh Jackman film ever, the second biggest musical ever (behind MAMMA MIA! £69.2M),and the 5th biggest Working Title film of all time in the U.K. and Ireland.
Japan had another great weekend, grossing $1.7M at 354 dates in week 7 for a 44-day total of $47.6M (¥4.1B). LES MIS just passed THE PHANTOMM OF THE OPERA (¥4.08B) ($40M) to become the highest grossing musical of all time in Japan.
Australia placed No. 7 with $750k at 207 dates in week 6 for a 40-day total of $25M.
Next weekend, we open in Israel, Latvia, Russia, Taiwan and Ukraine. LES MIS has 27 territories still to open.
Life of Pi took in $10.1 million from 5,224 locations in 48 markets, for an overseas total of $443.5 million. The worldwide cume is now $549.6 million.
Flight added $9.2 million from 2,036 locations, giving it an overseas cume of $22.3 million. The global haul is now $115.9 million. Stats from Paramount:
The highest new opening was seen in the UK, where Flight made a solid $2.1M from 387 locations.
Australia grossed a strong $1.8M at 226 locations.
The Netherlands opened with a very good $456k from 41 locations.
Belgium opened with a good $314k at 50 screens.
Italy is estimated at $1.05M on the 2nd weekend from 300 cinemas, pushing the cume to $3.3M.
Non-PPI markets playing Flight this weekend:
Germany's 2nd weekend is estimated at 1.5M from 341 locations (Studio Canal release). Cume at $3.6M.
Spain's 2nd weekend is estimated at 900k from 285 locations (Tripictures release). Cume at $2.6M.
The Impossible grossed $7.3 million, pushing its overseas total of $129.7 million. The global cume is $144.9 million.
The film debuted in Italy at 247 locations and came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $1.3M. It also had a small release in Germany which should bring in roughly $110K off of 74 screens.
Gangster Squad took in $4.7 million from 2,700 locations in 46 markets for an overseas total of $35.4 million. The global total is now $78.5 million.
Jack Reacher added $4.6 million from 2,994 locations in 60 territories, pushing its overseas total to $112.1 million. The global cume is now $190.9 million.
Japan opened with a solid $3.6M from 321 locations and the ranking is at #1 in the market.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey grossesd $4.2 million from 3,600 screens in 59 territories, pushing its overseas cume to $653 million. The global total is now $949.2 million. Key stats from Warner Bros.:
Germany: $86.6m *highest grossing film of 2012 to date
Sweden (MGM): $21.5m
Wreck-It Ralph took in another $4 million overseas, pushing its cume to $193.4 million. The global total is $376.6 million.
The Last Stand grabbed $3.7 million for an overseas cume of $13.2 million. The global total is $15.4 million.
Ted raked in another $3.3 million in Japan, the final overseas territory for the animated flick. The overseas total is now $303.8 million. Globally, Ted is up to $522.7 million.
Mama took in $2.4 million from 716 locations in 8 territories, pushing its overseas total to $5.8 million. Stats from Universal:
Mexico had an outstanding opening with $1.9M at 455 dates. It is No. 2 behind HANSEL AND GRETEL but is the No. 1 film in admissions and has the best screen average in the market. The opening is well ahead of expectations and at the same level as the openings of PARANOMRAL ACTIVITY 1, 2 AND 3. Monday is a holiday in Mexico and so we expect another good day for MAMA. Next weekend, MAMA opens in Spain, India, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and Thailand.
Lionsgate reports that Warm Bodies has already grossed $525,000 from 10 p.m./midnight shows. That's a solid start for the dark comedy. Boxoffice.com is currently predicting that the film will open to $20.7 million this weekend.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired North American distribution rights to Israeli photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz's NARCO CULTURA, which world premiered last week at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section. The film was produced by Parts & Labor's Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy and Ocean Size Pictures' Todd Hagopian; executive produced by Fred Warren and Robin Warren; and edited by Bryan Chang and Jay Arthur Sterrenberg. It will next screen at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section. Cinedigm plans a theatrical release and awards qualifying run for the film in 2013.
To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become iconic outlaws, glorified by musicians who praise their new models of fame and success. To this new constituency, they represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by an addiction to money, drugs, and violence. NARCO CULTURA is an explosive look at the drug cartels' pop culture influence on both sides of the border as seen through the eyes of an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico's Drug War.
"Through its unprecedented access and shocking imagery, NARCO CULTURA reveals the complex interplay between the tyranny wrought by the drug cartels, as well as their prominent role in defining the culture at large," said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. "We are so proud to be working with Shaul and the producers to bring NARCO CULTURA to audiences, who upon seeing the film, will not be able to ignore this crisis any longer."
"From the first time I went to Juarez in 2008 as a photojournalist, I knew I wanted to tell the complex story of the drug war not from the side of policy, police, or cartel, but instead from the lives of people who are directly and indirectly affected by the endless cycle of violence," said Schwarz. "Today I am ecstatic that Cinedigm has come onboard to distribute this film. We had an amazing reception at Sundance and now I know more people will get a chance to see the reality that is commonly ignored as the drug war rages on."
Emily Rothschild, director of acquisitions for Cinedigm, negotiated the film deal with CAA, on behalf of the filmmakers.
NARCO CULTURA is Schwarz's film debut. His photography work has appeared in major international publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Geo, Paris Match, Stern, El Pais Magazine, GQ and Marie Claire among others. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 received two World Press Awards. In 2005, Schwarz won the highly acclaimed humanitarian Visa D'or Award for his photographic work on settlers from the Gaza Strip. Schwarz is represented by CAA.
Hagopian is currently in pre-production on another collaboration with Parts & Labor, DIRTY WHITE BOY, which will star Michael K. Williams as the late hip-hop artist Old Dirty Bastard.
This deal marks the third in the last week for Parts & Labor producers' Van Hoy and Knudsen who went to Sundance this year with three films in competition. In addition to NARCO CULTURA, the duo produced Andrew Dosunmu's MOTHER OF GEORGE featuring a breakout performance by Danai Gurira (which sold to Oscilloscope Laboratories), and David Lowery's romantic drama AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster (which was acquired by IFC Films). Parts & Labor has produced more than a dozen films including Mike Mills' BEGINNERS (for which Christopher Plummer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Aaron Katz's COLD WEATHER and Julia Lotkev's THE LONELIEST PLANET.