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How ‘The Interview’s’ VOD Grosses could change the Game

AP

AP

Sony appears to have a win-win with “The Interview.” Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

On Friday, it seemed unlikely we’d ever know if the simultaneous – or “day and date” – strategy paid off. Now, it’s tempting to suggest this may be the start of a brave new world of distribution. Add in the $2.8 million from “The Interview’s” limited theatrical release and things aren’t looking so bleak for the Seth Rogen-James Franco R-rated comedy.
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‘Ninja Turtles’ kicks out Box-office Competitione

MTV.com

MTV.com

The reptile reboot “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” held off a trio of new challengers at the weekend box office.

The Paramount Pictures release took in $28.5 million in its second week, besting the Fox buddy comedy “Let’s Be Cops,” Lionsgate’s poor-performing action-hero smorgasbord “The Expendables 3” and the Weinstein Co.’s young-adult novel adaptation “The Giver.”
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Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is running circles around some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers.

Part one of Jackson’s prelude to his “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the Warner Bros. release raised its domestic total to $149.9 million after 10 days. The film added $91 million overseas to bring its international total to $284 million and its worldwide haul to $434 million.
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Adam Sandler’s monster mash-up “Hotel Transylvania” has brought the weekend box office back to life after a late-summer slump.

The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at No. 1 with $43 million, one of the strongest starts ever for a movie opening in September, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Hotel Transylvania” set a new high for September debuts in terms of actual dollars, beating the previous record of $35.7 million for 2002’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” But factoring in today’s higher admission prices, “Sweet Home Alabama” sold more tickets.
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The Paris premiere of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” was canceled Friday after a gunman killed at least a dozen people at a Colorado opening of the same film.

The event at a movie theater on the French capital’s famed Champs-Elysees Avenue was supposed to include director Christopher Nolan and stars like Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

But on Friday afternoon, workers were pulling down the red carpet display. Some could be seen carrying away a large mask that had adorned the facade of the theater.
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AP

Jackie Chan says he is landing his last punch.

The Hong Kong actor told the AP on Friday that his latest film “Chinese Zodiac” will be his last action movie.

Chan, launching the film in Cannes with co-stars Kwone Sang Woo, Yao Xingtong and Liao Fan, said that people never believe him when he says he is going to retire.
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“The Avengers” has extended its box-office superpowers with a record $207.4 million opening weekend domestically, an even bigger start than originally projected.

Final figures from distributor Disney on Monday put the film’s debut $7.1 million higher than the studio had estimated a day earlier.

With a superstar cast, great reviews and glowing word of mouth from fans, “The Avengers” bounded past the previous record of $169.2 million set by last year’s “Harry Potter” finale.
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AP

Iron Man and his fellow avengers are off to a solid start as they bring their save-the-world act to U.S. theaters.

“The Avengers” launched domestically early Friday with $18.7 million from midnight screenings. That puts it at No. 8 all-time for midnight debuts, just behind the $19.7 million start for “The Hunger Games” in March.

But it’s well under half the amount for the No. 1 midnight draw – the “Harry Potter” finale last fall with $43.5 million.
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Netflix

When the Gibsons of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in Canada, returned home from a family vacation in Arizona, they found a $10,600 bill from their Internet provider – all because they had let their children stream movies on Netflix without realizing there would be roaming charges.

“The kids were getting bored,” said Jason Gibson, in an interview with the CBC.  He had a so-called air card plugged into his laptop. And to ward off any whining, he let the children download “Shrek,” “Curious George,” and more, via cellular networks. View full article »

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