‘Frozen’ Crosses 1 Billion Dollars Mark !

frozen-2013-poster02Disney`s Oscar-winning animated film `Frozen` has crossed USD 1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, according to the studio estimates. The 3D musical has apparently earned USD 388.7 million in the United States and Canada, while the movie`s overseas sales have reached USD 611.5 million.

`Frozen` has become the second-highest-grossing animated movie ever, after `Toy Story 3`. The movie still has to open in Japan, where it will release on March 14.

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the Disney musical bagged two Oscars at the 86th Academy Award in the categories of the best animated feature film and the best original song.

The movie featured the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana.

‘The Hobbit’ Makes A Big Bang Opening Wroldwide

poster-hobbit-unexpected08New York: (ANI)‘The Hobbit’ led the box office with a haul of 84.8 million dollars – a record-setting opening better than the three previous ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, it has been revealed. According to studio estimates, Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s ‘I Am Legend’, which opened with 77.2 million dollars in 2007.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ also surpassed the December opening of ‘Avatar’, which had opened with 77 million dollars, the New York Post reported. Despite weak reviews, the 3-D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie, ‘The Return of the King’.

‘The Hobbit’ was far and away the biggest draw in theatres, with no other new wide release. Paramount’s ‘Rise of the Guardians’ continued to draw the family crowd with 7.4 million dollars, bringing its cumulative total to 71.4 million dollars. Walt Disney’s Oscar contender ‘Lincoln’ crossed the 100-million-dollar mark, adding another 7.2 million dollars to bring its six-week total to 107.9 million dollars.

Sony’s James Bond film ‘Skyfall’, with another 7 million dollars domestically, drew closer to a global take of 1 billion dollars. The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 84.8 million dollars

Rise of the Guardians – 7.4 million dollars

Lincoln – 7.2 million dollars

Skyfall – 7 million dollars

Life of Pi – 5.4 million dollars

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 – 5.2 million dollars

Wreck-It Ralph – 3.3million dollars

Playing for Keeps – 3.2 million dollars

Red Dawn – 2.4 million dollars

Silver Linings Playbook – 2 million dollars

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ Joins 100 Crore Movie Club

Mumbai:  (IANS) ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ (JTHJ), legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture, is raking in the moolah at the box-office — the romantic saga has collected over Rs.120 crore worldwide in just six days of its release. The film, which came out on Diwali alongside Ajay Devgn-starrer ‘Son of Sardaar’, has earned Rs.80.73 crore at the domestic box office.

In India, it earned Rs.15.23 crore (Tuesday), Rs.19.54 crore (Wednesday), Rs.14.45 crore (Thursday), Rs.11.17 crore (Friday), Rs.10.38 crore (Saturday) and Rs.9.96 crore (Sunday). The Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma-starrer is also minting money in the overseas market where it has collected Rs.41.7 crore.

‘Resident Evil : Retribution’ Opens With A Bang In US

 Director Paul Anderson’s cult film ‘The Master’ commanded a huge following in its opening weekend by smashing records on just a handful of screens, ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ was the number one film at the box office with an estimated 21.1-million-dollar opening.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, the Weinstein Co. release ‘The Master’ made 729,745 dollars in five theatres in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of 145,949 dollars.

The fifth film in the Sony Screen Gems action franchise ‘Resident Evil’ topped the 3-D re-release of the Disney Pixar animated favourite ‘Finding Nemo’ , which opened in second place with 17.5 million dollars, Fox News reported.

Last week’s number one ‘The Possession’ was knocked down to the third position with just 5.8-million-dollar takings this weekend.

Depression-era gangster flick ‘Lawless’ fell from second place last week to fourth after earning 4.2 million dollars, with ‘ParaNorman’ rounding off the top five.

The top ten movies at the weekend box office were:

Resident Evil: Retribution – 21.1 million dollars

Finding Nemo – 17.5 million dollars

The Possession – 5.8 million dollars

Lawless – 4.2 million dollars

ParaNorman – 3.04 million dollars

The Expendables 2 – 3 million dollars

The Words – 2.9 million dollars

The Bourne Legacy – 2.88 million dollars

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 2.5 million dollars

The Campaign – 2.4 million dollars

(Courtesy: ANI)

‘The Possession’ Tops US Box Office

Poster of ‘Possession’

New York: (ANI)  Lionsgate’s ‘The Possession’ took hold of the top spot at the box office with a 17.7-million-dollar collection while the polarizing documentary ‘2016: Obama’s America’ continued to win the populist vote in a landslide.

‘The Possession’, purported to be based on “a true story” of a cursed box containing a Jewish demon, took advantage of a PG-13 rating and a summer drought of horror movies to perform better than expected.

‘2016: Obama’s America’ has been drawing crowds even at the Union Square Stadium 14 in the heart of Democrat-leaning Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

The movie, co-directed by conservative scholar Dinesh D’Souza, earned another 5.1 million dollars as it expanded to 1,747 screens.The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Lawless’, which opened on Wednesday, finished in second place over the weekend with 9.7 million dollars.

Lionsgate also continued to cash in with ‘The Expendables 2’, which was the box office champ for the two previous weekends, which added 8.8 million dollars to its total collection. Universal’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ continued to inch towards the 100-million-dollar mark, finishing fourth with 7.2 million dollars.

‘The Oogieloves’ – another independently distributed movie, proved to be a horror of a different kind. The family movie’s 207-dollar per screen take is the lowest ever for a wide release, Variety reported.

The top 10 movies at the weekend box office were:

The Possession – 17.7 million dollars

Lawless – 9.7 million

The Expendables 2 – 8.8 million dollars

The Bourne Legacy – 7.2 million dollars

ParaNorman – 6.6 million dollars

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – 6.1 million dollars

The Dark Knight Rises – 5.9 million dollars

The Campaign – 5.4 million dollars

2016: Obama’s America – 5.1 million dollars

Hope Springs – 4.7 million dollars

Anti-Obama Flick Sweeps America Before Prez Polls

Washington: (PTI) As the Presidential race in the US nears D-Day, an anti-Obama documentary made by an Indian-American has suddenly become a surprise box office hit and a must watch for Republican delegates trooping to storm-drenched Tampa.

The film `2016: Obama`s America`, which claims death and dismemberment of the US if Barack Obama wins a second term in the November 6 elections, has over the past week grossed about USD 6.5 million, jumping to the seventh spot in top 10 movies of the nation.

Based on Mumbai-born director Dinesh D`Souza`s New York Times bestseller book, `The Roots of Obama`s Rage`, the documentary claims Obama inherited a left-wing world view from his father and if re-elected he would turn to socialism and bankrupt the nation.

“After a very successful run in limited release, 2016 Obama`s America expanded to 1,091 locations and earned USD 6.5 million this weekend,” reported Box Office Mojo, the most comprehensive box office database on the Internet.After its phenomenal success, the movie is now being expanded to 1,800 theaters across the country.

“This is one of the best weekends ever for a political documentary, and only falls behind the first few frames for Michael Moore`s Fahrenheit 9/11 (which this movie is clearly mimicking in its pre-election release pattern),” Box Office Mojo said.

“2016 has now earned USD 9.35 million, which makes it the highest-grossing conservative documentary ever ahead of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (USD 7.7 million).

“It also already ranks sixth all-time among political docs behind four Michael Moore movies and Al Gore`s An Inconvenient Truth, and it could pass a few of these movies if it`s able to maintain this momentum after this week`s Republican National Convention,” it said.

Living a true American dream, Mumbai-born Dinesh moved to the US to attend Dartmouth University on a Rotary Scholarship. Following graduation he went to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst. Dinesh has been a fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the American Enterprise Institute. His other titles include the popular `What`s So Great About Christianity`, `Letters to a Young Conservative`, and `The End of Racism`.

He is a popular speaker and has appeared on Hannity, The Colbert Reporter, Glenn Beck and Politically Incorrect. The documentary according to its producers takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world?s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man?s past will redefine America over the next four years.

The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016? Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, bestselling author Dinesh D`Souza races against time to find answers to Obama`s past and reveal where America will be in 2016,” a media release said. During this journey he discovers how `Hope and Change` became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind`s greatest struggle.The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America`s empire of liberty, and thus the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.

“Film 2016, came out of nowhere to burn up the box office,” screams the Washington Post, calling it the “most successful” political documentary of all times. John Sullivan, D`Souza`s co-director, credits “a grass-roots campaign” for the film`s relative success, the paper said.


‘Ek Tha Tiger’ Crosses 200 Crore Mark!

If Rajesh Khanna was the first ‘Superstar’ and Amitabh Bachchan the first ‘Megastar’ then a new word would have to be coined for Salman Khan as his latest movie ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ collections went past a whopping 210 crore in mere 11 days. Salman Khan should be called the first ‘Gigastar’ of Bollywood as the word ‘Giga’ takes the word ‘Mega’ to higher level.

After making an easy entry into the Rs 100 crore club ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ went on to become the first Bollywood film to cross Rs 200 crore mark after ‘3 Idiots’.

Confirming these astounding figures film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#EkThaTiger 12-day total of *approx* Rs 175 cr nett is from India alone. #EkThaTiger India + Overseas combined biz *after 2nd Weekend* is Rs 210 cr +. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER…(SIC)”.