The B.O. share for local movies remained unvaried in Italy in 2006, a lackluster year during which most Italo titles took unexpected beatings.
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.
Hollywood studio pix typically gross 10% of their domestic U.S. haul in their Down Under release. This year was no exception. Locals refute, however, the belief that Australia is the 51st state.
Moviegoing was up healthily this year, confirming Russia as the fastest growing territory in the world. Local films accounted for a high percentage of the market, though not as high as it had looked…
Hollywood is not the biggest worry in Hong Kong: It's whether to work with the mainland China market or not. "The number of Hong Kong films is going down, but the number that are co-productions with…
Cinema here is buttressed by one man: multihyphenate Leon Schuster, whose slapstick, candid camera-style comedies regularly trounce whatever Hollywood puts up against him.
The only local film to catch on bigtime was the animated "Una pelicula de huevos" (The Egg Film), distribbed by Televisa's film arm Videocine. Based on an Internet toon that had grown virally…
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.
"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…