In a stunning year, the market share of local films is expected to hit the 50% mark for the first time since 1985 and production may exceed 400 titles for the first time since 1973.
Cinema here is buttressed by one man: multihyphenate Leon Schuster, whose slapstick, candid camera-style comedies regularly trounce whatever Hollywood puts up against him.
Despite all the fest laurels for "Road to Guantanamo," "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and "The Queen," and all the award season buzz for "Last King of Scotland," "Notes on a Scandal" (and "The…
Local fare almost closed the gap on Hollywood in 2006 as a slew of hits helped French cinema achieve its best performance in two decades, driving a 7% uptick in overall ticket sales.
South Korea is the prime example of a market in which Hollywood kingpins have lost their crowns to local films. Latter will rep 61% of total grosses compared to 34% for U.S. films.
A gothic tale of a killer who follows his nose, a slapstick fairytale, a look at the World Cup and a devastating chronicle of domestic espionage contributed to a 10% boost at the Teutonic box office…
Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" notched up a hometurf career best for the director with $13 million in grosses. That was, for example, much better than "Borat," which pulled in a measly $2.7 million.
The B.O. share for local movies remained unvaried in Italy in 2006, a lackluster year during which most Italo titles took unexpected beatings.
"Happy Feet" beat down the competition on Boxing Day in Oz. Traditionally the biggest box office day of the year in Australia, "Happy Feet" was best in ticket sales, earning $2.2 million. It defeated…
"Eragon" remained the highest flyer overseas in a moderate Christmas weekend frame, topping international B.O. with $21.9 million at 6,300 playdates.
While the holidays boosted specialty titles like "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Babel," Mel Gibson's holdover "Apocalypto" seemed stuck in neutral, after generating surprising heat in its debut three…