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  • 8 Femmes, 8 1/2 open Bangkok film festival


    The Bangkok International Film Festival (Nov 15 - 26) will open with a double bill of Federico Fellini's classic 8 1/2, followed by Francois Ozon's 8 Femmes - to introduce this year's theme of 'From Masters To Present'.
  • Five-hour thriller wins top prize at Singapore's Silver Screen Awards


    Despite a running time of five hours, the Filipino thriller Batang West Side, directed by Lav Diaz, beat 14 other contenders to win the Best Asian Feature Film prize at the Silver Screen Awards of the 15th Singapore International Film Festival (April 11-27).
  • UK's Gala acquires Mon-rak Transistor


    The UK's Gala Film Distributors has made its first acquisition of a Thai film, buying Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Mon-rak Transistor, which will get its international premiere in Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
  • Asian films in the spotlight at Singapore festival


    The competition section of this year's Singapore International Film Festival, known as the Silver Screen Awards, has rounded up a broad cross-section of Asian cinema including Fruit Chan's Hollywood Hong Kong, South Korea's popular festival runner Camel(s), Seafood from China, the three hour epic from the Philippines Batang West Side and A Woman's Work from Japan's Otani Kentaro.
  • Francis Ford Coppola to re-cut, sell Thai epic


    Francis Ford Coppola has confirmed his role as executive producer on the international version of Thai film Suriyothai and will take over the sale of all international rights. The re-edit will carry the credit 'Francis Ford Coppola presents a film by Chatrichalerm Yukol' and will be finished in time for the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Thailand's Major Cineplex sets IPO for June


    Thai cinema operator Major Cineplex is set to become the country's dominant exhibitor after announcing plans to float shares on the stock exchange of Thailand (SET) in June.
  • Singapore collaboration funds local talent


    The Singapore Film Commission, Singapore Broadcasting Authority and Raintree Pictures have signed an agreement to co-finance and produce four English-language telemovies in an attempt to foster local talent.
  • Thailand slashes tax as production incentive


    The Thai government has announced a series of measures, including substantial tax cuts, to entice foreign films to use Thailand as a production location.
  • One Leg Kicking scores at Singapore box office


    Eric Khoo, Singapore's most famed director, has scored at the box office with the football comedy One Leg Kicking. This much needed domestic hit opened on November 14 with $60,818 (S$111,973), Singapore's highest ever opening day gross for a local film. Distributor UIP took advantage of the local Nov 14 Deepavali public holiday on Wednesday rather than using the traditional Friday opening slot.
  • Only One Take to premiere at Bangkok


  • Suriyothai becomes Thailand's biggest hope


  • Thai films get international sales boost from GMT


    Bangkok start-up sales company, GMT Entertainment, has signed up to handle international rights for Suriyothai, the royal epic with a production budget in excess of $20m making it by far the most expensive Thai film ever made.
  • Jackie Chan launches rival Art Of War project


    Hong Kong-superstar, Jackie Chan has set up a gladiatorial contest to produce an epic film based on classic Chinese tract The Art Of War.
  • UK admissions on track to reach 26-year high


    Cinema attendance in the UK is expected to reach 143 million admissions this year - the highest number since 1974. These record figures have been predicted by the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA) despite a drop in attendance during November.
  • Meet The Parents steals top spot from The Grinch


    UIP's final release of the year Meet The Parents had a warm welcome in the UK opening with a healthy $3.3m (£2.3m), clinching the top spot from fellow UIP title The Grinch. Playing at 402 cinemas, the Jay Roach-directed comedy pulled in a robust site average of $8,298 over the weekend (Dec 15-17). Starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, the film - which has clocked up $160m in North America - received generally positive reviews across the country and will help stabilise ...
  • What Lies Beneath resurfaces above


  • UK admissions per screen in decline


    After a good run at the box office during September and October, admissions in the UK are back on track to reach at least 142 million by the year end - the highest level since 1973 according to the Cinema Advertising Association admissions monitor. But due to the huge growth of multiplex cinemas, these figures belie a dangerous underlying trend of falling admissions per screen (see chart).
  • Ster Kinekor puts European circuit up for sale


    In the latest shake-up to hit Europe's exhibition industry, Ster Kinekor's European cinema circuit Ster Century has been put on the sales block.
  • Dinosaur takes top spot in second week


  • What Lies Beneath Scares Off Dinosaur


  • UIP, UGC resolve legal battle over UK rental terms


    The legal battle between distributor UIP (UK) and UGC's UK circuit has been resolved three months after it began. Since the release of Mission: Impossible 2 in July, both companies have been at loggerheads over the terms agreed for tickets sold through the use of UGC's loyalty pass. UIP and UGC have now announced that the issue has been resolved, although no details are available.
  • Dinosaur storms into UK's number one spot


    Six months after its North American release, Dinosaur hit UK screens with a robust three-day gross of $3m (£2.1m) last weekend. Playing at 374 sites, Walt Disney Pictures' computer-animation set in a real-life background secured a healthy screen average of $8,319 (£5,690) taking the number one place in the box office chart. It officially opened the previous weekend with a platform Scottish release where it grossed $100,650 (£68,845) in seven days.
  • UK adds voice to digital cinema debate


    As the North American film industry discusses the ever-changing digital cinema issue at ShowEast, Orlando, the UK is becoming a driving force in the debate through a series of government-backed discussions and demonstrations.
  • Billy Elliot leaps 13% in second weekend


  • Spean Bridge expands across Europe, Asia


    Despite the gloom hovering over several European exhibitors, particularly those with circuits in Germany and the UK, fledgling exhibition company Spean Bridge has announced ambitious expansion plans to build sites across nine European countries, as well as Taiwan and Japan.
  • Hollow Man beats Billy Elliot to number one spot


    Highly-anticipated British title Billy Elliot has failed in its bid to take the number one spot at the UK box office over the weekend. The release of Columbia Pictures' Hollow Man crept into the top of the chart by a slim margin of $138,000 (£93,277).
  • Irene opens well but doesn't live up to Mary


    The Farrelly brothers latest comedy Me Myself And Irene opened in the UK over the weekend with $1.9m (£1.3m) from 357 screens, including previews of $126,743 (£86,946). Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the comedy starring Jim Carrey and real-life wife Renee Zellweger, won the number one spot and a screen average of $5,278 (£3,620). However this is considerably lower than the opening of There's Something About Mary two years ago of $3m (£2.1m) from 315 screens, including ...
  • O Brother wins audiences despite UK fuel crisis


    Despite the UK's fuel crisis and the start of the Olympic Games, cinema-going was not as disrupted as first thought - a relief for several of the weekend's new releases. Although the Top 15 box office tally of $8.4m (£6m) was $1.8m (£1.3m) down on last weekend's Top 15 aggregate, both Scary Movie and Snatch scooped over $1.4m (£1m) at number one and number two in the chart respectively.
  • UGC, UIP move towards cinema pass resolution


    UIP and UGC's feud over rental revenues from the exhibitor's Unlimited cinema pass has taken a major step towards being resolved after UGC agreed to release UIP's Shaft this Friday.
  • Snatch steals record-breaking UK opening


    The latest UK gangster movie Snatch has stormed into the UK chart at number one with an impressive three-day gross of $3.85m (£2.6m).
  • X-Men, Shanghai Noon top tepid weekend


    The UK box office over the August bank holiday weekend was disappointing, with the aggregate gross around $1.5m lower than the same weekend last year. The major opener, Shanghai Noon (pictured), released and highly-publicised by Buena Vista International, grossed $1,095,159 (£744,631) over the three-day weekend taking second place in the chart. X-Men retained the number one position although it dropped 51% from its opening weekend. The comic-book adaptation took $2.9m ...
  • UCI launches new brand of cinema in the UK


    United Cinemas International (UCI) today unveiled its "next generation" brand strategy to differentiate its cinemas from other exhibitors in the highly competitive UK market.
  • Gone In Sixty Seconds holds onto top spot


  • Gone In Sixty Seconds speeds to top of UK chart


  • MI:2 pushes Gladiator off top spot in France


  • Perfect Storm rides tide to top of UK chart


  • UIP holds back Flintstones in UGC pass row


    In an unprecedented move, the UK office of United International Pictures (UIP) has pulled its new release of The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas from all UGC's UK and Irish cinemas. The last minute decision was taken because both companies are still arguing over rental terms in regard to tickets sold through UGC's controversial Unlimited Pass.
  • Gladiator roars past $200m internationally


    UIP's Gladiator has clocked up $200m internationally as of Monday 24 July, bringing its worldwide total to $380m.
  • Stuart Little scrapes into pole position in the UK


    Seven months after it opened in the US (where the DVD is now available), Columbia TriStar finally gave Stuart Little its nationwide UK release last weekend. Excluding previews, it just missed the number one slot with a three-day gross of $2.1m (£1,394,384) but including paid previews of $454,718 (£454,718) it snuck above Chicken Run in the chart with $2.6m (£1.7m) from 463 sites.
  • UK admissions hit 26-year high


    UK admissions between January and June this year reached a 26-year high as cinemas punched 71 million tickets, according to the cinema advertising association monitor (CAA).
  • Spinal Tap adds UK date to global tour


    Rob Reiner's legendary rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is staging a UK come-back tour.
  • British patriotism eggs Chicken Run back to top


    British claymation feature Chicken Run beat out two of Hollywood's highest profile summer blockbusters to the number one slot in the UK chart last weekend when it grossed $3.9m (£2.6m) over the three days. After a running total of $21m and 17 days on release, the Aardman animation rules the roost again pushing Mission: Impossible 2 to second place with the new release of The Patriot coming in at number three.
  • UIP's gamble pays off


    Setting what other distributors will hope is a precedent, Mission: Impossible 2 has broken the spell of the summer cinema slump in Italy.
  • M:I2 blasts into UK chart


  • CINE EXPO: Zoradi supports old-school marketing


    Mark Zoradi, president of Buena Vista International, encouraged international exhibitors to focus on traditional marketing methods in order to improve profit margins, at Cinema Expo this week.
  • CINE EXPO: Sands to keep focus on festival circuit


    Rick Sands, Miramax's chairman of worldwide distribution, has reassured the company's international distributors that it will not forsake international film festivals to launch its films, despite the pressure to shorten global release windows.
  • CINE EXPO: Internet makes release dates go global


    One of the strongest messages to emerge at this week's Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdam is that the growing influence of the internet - particularly among cinema's prime audience of 14 to 19-year-olds - is driving distributors towards global release dates.
  • Cinema industry puts date-stamp on digital dawn


    Digital cinema pioneer QUALCOMM became the first company to commit to a date for the commercial launch of its new technology at the Cinema Expo convention in Amsterdam this week.
  • Big Momma fails to topple Gladiator


  • European exhibitors urged to curtail over-building


    Unless European cinema operators, particularly those in Germany, scale back their multiplex building ambitions then admissions per screen will reach dangerously low levels, a leading analyst has warned exhibitors attending the Cinema Expo convention in Amsterdam.
  • Qualcomm, Technicolor form joint digital venture


    Digital media technology company Qualcomm and Carlton Communications-owned Technicolor Digital Cinema are teaming up to provide an open standard distribution system for digital cinema.
  • Crawford to quit Village Roadshow


    The future of Village Roadshow's international exhibition arm looks uncertain following the surprise decision of chairman and co-chief executive officer John Crawford to leave the company.
  • Sweet And Lowdown rises above soccer


    Blame the start of the Euro 2000 soccer tournament or blame the warmer weather, but no amount of counter-programming could prevent last weekend's box office retreating to the traditional pre-summer holiday season low. The only film to open with any redeemable gross was Woody Allen's Sweet And Lowdown which took $152,624 from just 34 screens over its first three days and won a place at number ten in the chart.
  • Gladiator retains pole position at UK box office


  • Mission drives US box to all-time high


    The North American opening of Mission: Impossible 2 has broken a raft of box office records across its Memorial weekend debut, grossing an estimated six-day figure of $92.8m from Wednesday June 24 to Monday June 29.
  • Carlton Media reports 12% interim profit increase


    Carlton Communications has reported that profits for its media division, Carlton Media, were up 12% to $149m (£101m) in the six months to March 31, on turnover of $751m (£508m) up 13% from the corresponding period the previous year.
  • UK box office spawns hits and misses


    Aided by seven opening films, the UK box office picked up again last weekend after the recent spate of warm weather. But with Gladiator holding over well, falling just 3% from its opening weekend, not all the new releases profited from healthy box office returns.
  • Carlton snaps up US cinema ad company Screenvision


    Carlton Communications has made a vital step forward in tackling the US cinema advertising market through its purchase of New York-based Screenvision Cinema Network.
  • Kevin And Perry go large again in the UK


    The British comedy Kevin And Perry Go Large is back at the top of the UK chart after pinching the number one slot from last weekend's chart topper Scream 3. However, box office revenues across most of the country plummeted over the weekend (May 5-7) as the first of the UK's warm weather kept punters out of the cinema. The aggregate total for this weekend's top 15 films was $6.5m - half that of the previous weekend.
  • Gladiator storms Australian box office


    Ridley Scott's highly-anticipated Roman epic Gladiator scooped an eye-popping $0.6m (A$1m) from 293 screens on its opening day in Australia (May 4) - the first territory worldwide to play the film.
  • Loews Cineplex gets Village's Riches


    A further management shake-up at Village Cinemas International (VCI) has taken place with the announcement that Loews Cineplex International (LCI) has appointed Ian Riches as senior vice president, commencing May 1.
  • Kevin And Perry goes large at UK cinemas


    The opening three day gross of Kevin And Perry Go Large has given Icon Film Distribution its first box office hit and number one film in the UK. The comedy teenage duo took $3.2m (£2m) over the Easter weekend (April 21-23). Playing on 336 screens, the British adaptation of a TV comedy sketch, which stars Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke, scored a substantial site average of $9,536 (excluding previews of $600,000). The distributor's first release - and previously most successful ...
  • UK box office jumps 21% in first quarter


    Fuelled by Toy Story 2, box office revenue for the UK and Eire during the first three months of this year has risen by an impressive 21% compared to the same period last year. The $258m (£163m) taken from January to March also exceeds the blockbusting period in 1998 when Titanic drove box office levels to an all-time high of $253m (£160m).
  • Pokemon grabs pole position at UK box office


  • American Pie outstrips domestic gross overseas


    The high-school comedy American Pie which recently passed the $100m mark at the international box office has now scored more overseas than at the domestic box office. The $11m Universal title has become one of the studio's most profitable films after taking $102.5m at the North American box office since its July release last year. However, Summit Entertainment, which bought rights for all non-English language speaking territories, has proved that the US-born "gross-out" style ...
  • Odeon, Warner Village link up with BFI


    EU culture ministers have voted unanimously to accept a budget of Euros400m for the European Commission's audiovisual programme MEDIA Plus.
  • Otto 5 opens at top of German box office chart


    Germany has spawned another locally-produced hit as the Tobis release of comedy Otto - Der Katastrofenfilm opened at the top of the German box office chart last weekend. Attracting 368,214 admissions from a huge 820 screens, the film's four-day gross came to almost $2m.
  • Beauty blossoms on Oscar buzz


  • Magnolia flowers overseas


    Three times Academy Award nominee Magnolia is finding niche audiences as it opens up across international territories, despite its three-hour plus running time.
  • Clockwork Orange fails to wind up UK box office


    Despite this weekend being one of the best in terms of well-reviewed cinema product and the high-profile re-release of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, the UK box office recorded its lowest aggregate gross so far this year. The total tally of all films on release this weekend came in at under $9.5m (£6m), a harsh contrast to the record-breaking $23.3m (£14.8m) taken Feb 11-13 this year.
  • Marlene disappoints in Germany


    After a glitzy premiere on March 9, the highly-anticipated German biopic Marlene failed to ignite either the critics or the box office in its home territory.
  • Toy Story 2 conquers final frontier in Japan


    Winding up its global roll-out, blockbusting computer-generated animation Toy Story 2, scooped $3.8m on its opening weekend in Japan (March 11-13). The film's performance gives Buena Vista International the highest-opening US animated film in the territory, but was not enough to beat the distributor's record for Armageddon. It also pumps up the Disney/Pixar production's worldwide total to $432m, just three million shy of the box office total for Tarzan.
  • Next Friday opens well as top four hold strong


    With Toy Story 2 still rooted in the UK's number one slot and Three Kings, The Green Mile and The Talented Mr Ripley holding over for the second week in second, third and fourth place, competition for box office dollar among the weekend's openers was intense. But it was Entertainment's Next Friday (pictured) starring Ice Cube which came off best on a screen average basis.
  • Kodak to co-develop digital projection system


    Eastman Kodak has etched itself firmly in the digital cinema arena with the announcement yesterday (March 8) that it has forged an alliance with QUALCOMM Inc. and JVC in developing a prototype digital projection system.
  • Six US exhibitors team up in internet ticketing co


    A start-up North Amercian internet ticketing company founded by six major exhibitors was unveiled at ShoWest yesterday. With an initial investment of $30m, the landmark venture is expected to be the leading internet portal for remote ticketing as well as providing comprehensive movie information, reviews and trailers.
  • ShoWest: Exhibitors forecast digital revolution


    International exhibitors at this week's ShoWest convention in Las Vegas (March 6-9) are talking of a global revolution in the cinema industry where projectionists and box office cashiers will be a thing of the past.
  • Three Kings storms into UK chart


    Warner Bros' Gulf war epic Three Kings charged into the UK box office with £1.4m from 307 sites (including previews of £187,186) reaping a solid site average of £4,687. This placed the film at number two in the chart below record-breaking champ Toy Story 2 which held over at number one for its fourth week running. Taking £2.8m, the Disney/Pixar animated film dropped substantially from last weekend's school holiday high of $10m but with a running tally already close to ...
  • Blair Witch hits $100m internationally


    The gang-busting opening of The Blair Witch Project in Italy has pushed the release of the spook-fest to $100m on the international circuit. This brings the micro-budgeted production to a huge worldwide total of $240m and confirms its position as the most profitable film ever.
  • UGC to invest $300m in European cinema expansion


    France's UGC Cinemas, the new owner of Virgin's UK cinema circuit, has pledged $300m to expand its cinema network across Europe.
  • Ripley, Green Mile open well against Toy power


  • Toy Story 2, Beach and Beauty show legs


    The triumvirate at the top of the record-breaking UK chart last weekend maintained eye-popping screen averages for the three days Feb 18-20. Despite Toy Story 2's unprecedented $12.4m (£7.8m) gross last weekend, the computer-generated animation fell just 16% this weekend, with a 3-day gross of $10.4m (£6.5m). This brings its tally to an amazing $27.7m (£17.3m) after 10 days on wide release.
  • Odeon, ABC merge to form UK's largest circuit


    The Rank Group has confirmed the sale of Odeon Cinemas to private equity financier Cinven, which plans to combine the circuit with its own ABC Cinemas to create the UK's largest cinema chain.
  • Toy Story 2 propels UK to all-time high


  • Toy Story 2 opens on digital high


    The exclusive digital screening of Toy Story 2 at the Odeon Leicester Square, London raked in an impressive £150,000 ($240,000) in its opening three days.
  • Fantasia 2000 conjures up $20m worldwide


    Walt Disney's animated Fantasia 2000: The Imax Experience has taken over $20m after its first month of exclusive screenings in Imax theatres. Distributed by Buena Vista around the world, Fantasia 2000 has been updated from the original masterpiece over a period of 10 years and at a cost of about $85m. The exclusive large-format film - which is ten times larger than the traditional 35mm frame - is available until April 30 when the animation will be released on conventional ...
  • Beauty scores with limited UK release


    UK cinema-goers gave a hero's welcome to the release of the Sam Mendes-directed American Beauty when it opened on 23 prints over the weekend. The limited London release pulled in £425,558 ($687,700), registering a blistering £18,503 ($29,900) screen average. The three times Golden Globe winner widens to over 300 sites across the country this Friday, in competition with only Warner Bros' new release House On Haunted Hill after substantial shifts in release dates from other ...
  • Toy Story 2 set for digital release


    Five European exhibitors plan a digital release of Toy Story 2 from February 2, which will mark the first time a major studio film has been released digitally outside North America. The unprecedented venture is co-sponsored by Disney and Technicolor's digital projection company Real Image.
  • Sixth Sense now in all-time worldwide top ten


  • Sleepy Hollow keeps Stigmata off UK top spot


    Competition for the number one slot was as intense as ever over the weekend (Jan 21-23) at the UK box office, with the top three films all grossing within £100,000 ($165,000) of each other.
  • Cinven clinches Odeon deal


    Private equity financier Cinven is understood to have sealed its previously reported (Screen International, Jan 21) deal to acquire Odeon Cinemas from UK leisure company Rank Group for £325m ($534m), according to industry sources.
  • Bond reaches $300m worldwide