"Shrek 2" captivated France and Belgium, and the Hogwarts wizards enthralled auds in Japan last weekend, while biz slumped in the rest of Europe, awaiting the arrival of the green ogre this weekend.
It was a weekend of milestones abroad as "Shrek 2," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "The Day After Tomorrow" set various company and industry benchmarks.
"Fahrenheit 9/11" shattered all expectations, as well as box office records for documentaries, with an opening-weekend gross of $21.8 million. "It became part of the national conversation this…
Four U.S. blockbusters have rocketed past their domestic grosses overseas since May, all but "Val Helsing" by huge margins. The squillion-dollar question now: Can "Shrek 2" do so? That might be a…
Buzz works. After weeks of debate and media coverage, "Fahrenheit 9/11" opened today far better than expected.
MOORE MONEY Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” is poised to become the highest-grossing documentary of all time, even outgrossing his “Bowling for Columbine.” TOP-GROSSING DOCUMENTARIES*…
Will the flood of attention given to "Fahrenheit 9/11," which Lions Gate and IFC Films will bow in 868 venues, translate into boffo B.O.? While Michael Moore's pic has dominated headlines this week…
The very thing that makes a movie successful can be the very thing that puts it into turnaround. Consider the case of Fox's "DodgeBall." This past weekend the comedy lived up to its title as "a true…
Releasing pics internationally day-and-date with the U.S. is a gamble and sometimes it's better to wait. So it proved in various ways over the weekend for "Shrek 2," "The Chronicles of Riddick" and…
The UIP/DreamWorks strategy of holding back "Shrek 2" appears to be paying off handsomely, as the sequel smashed UIP opening records in Australia, Latin America and Taiwan over the weekend.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg couldn't dodge rubber balls. Twentieth Century Fox scored a hit with "DodgeBall," a laffer about grown men playing a schoolyard game, which opened to $30 million from…