Sony/Revolution's "Anger Management" managed a blissful opening of $44.5 million in estimated weekend box office -- a record for April and personal best for the laffer's topliners.
Exhibs in some markets continued to blame the Iraq war TV coverage for depressing ticket sales last week while elsewhere bookers identified the real "enemy" as the paucity of compelling product.
IN THE LAUGHING MOOD Sony / Revolution’s "Anger Management" hopes to beat "Liar Liar" and become the biggest-opening comedy released before May. Pic (year) Opening…
The U.S. studios may gripe about escalating production budgets, marketing costs and talent paychecks, but their combined revenues from all media streams worldwide last year hit record heights.
Europeans seemed more pre-occupied with the Iraq war TV coverage and the spring weather than with patronizing cinemas last weekend, while severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has devastated biz…
A fizzler at home and in Europe, "The Core" showed more spark in Asia over the weekend, dueling in some markets with "Tears of the Sun."
20th Century Fox thriller "Phone Booth" dialed up a weekend-topping $15 million in estimated opening grosses after being put on call-waiting by last fall's East Coast sniper crisis.
Exhibs last week were blaming TV coverage of the Iraq conflict, a shortage of must-see Hollywood films and, in Europe, terrific weather for plunging ticket sales.
INGENUE OUTINGS Today, Amanda Bynes hopes to best the previous romantic debuts of other teenage starlets with Warner Bros.’ “What A Girl Wants.” Pic (year)/actress Opening B.O.* …
In a month fraught with box office fatigue, Disney brought down the March crown with a take of $157 million. Overall, total receipts for the frame of Feb. 28-March 30 rang up $649 million, 15% off…
It had to happen. The prolonged U.S. B.O. downturn has percolated overseas -- although there was a modest uptick in some markets last weekend thanks to sturdy bows by "The Recruit" and "The Jungle…