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Screen
31 December 2004

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  • Alexander climbs to $32.7m on 1,345 international screens

    Anumber two opening in Germany helped to raise Alexander's international running total to an estimated $32.7mfollowing a $3.8m weekend haul through I.S. Film Distribution on 1,345 screens in 25 territories.Figures are incomplete due to the holiday season, with particularly lengthy reportin
  • Bourne Supremacy on cusp of $100m for UIP

    Universal'sthriller sequel The Bourne Supremacy is on the cusp of passing $100m and has grossed $99.1m through UIP todate. The final territory of Japan will open on Feb 5 2005.Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reasonadded an estimated $4m through UIP on 2,260 screens in 21 territories at t
  • BVI readies National Treasure in trio of major markets

    BuenaVista International's (BVI) adventure National Treasure is in line for a holiday boost this upcoming weekendwith a handful of openings including South Korea, Mexico and Brazil on Dec 31.The picture has amassed $54.5m to date and executives anticipate typicallystrong holiday business t
  • Celluloid dreams of local distribution

    Paris-based sales house Celluloid Dreams will add theatricaldistribution to its sales and finance activities beginning in February 2005.According to Le Film Francais (an EMAP stablemate of Screen International) thesales outfit run by Hengameh Panahi has created a subsidiary to be known asCelluloid Dreams Distribution to be run by Stephane Auclaire.The new Celluloid Dreams Distribution aims to release five toseven films a year beginning with Marebito by Takashi Shimizu, thedirect
  • Kung Fu Hustle smashes Asian records through SPRI

    Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia's action comedy Kung FuHustle embarked upon a blistering record-breaking trail at the weekend as it amassed an estimated $15.1m on 730 screens in fivemarkets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI).Stephen Chow's comicalgangster tale opened to a massive $7.8m on a record 492 screens in China in thebiggest opening of all time. The Y64.3mlocal currency haul overtook House Of Flying Daggers' previous mark ofY63.9m.Th
  • Meet The Fockers is top for Christmas on $44.7m

    Universal's Meet TheFockers trounced the competition at the weekend, opening top on a three-dayestimated $44.7m gross that included the biggest Christmas Day take of alltime.The comedy sequel took $68.5m since it opened last Wednesday, while the $19.1mChristmas Day haul overtook last year's $14m record set by The Lord Of TheRings: The Return Of The King.Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo from the cast of2000's Meet The Parents reunite
  • Meet The Fockers romps to the top

    Universal's Meet TheFockers trounced the competition at the weekend, opening top on a three-dayestimated $44.7m gross that included the biggest Christmas Day take of alltime.The comedy sequel took $68.5m since it opened last Wednesday, while the $19.1mChristmas Day haul overtook last year's $14m record set by The Lord Of TheRings: The Return Of The King.Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo from the cast of2000's Meet The Parents reunite
  • Music seeks film support for joint anti-piracy attack

    The music industry isbelieved to be close to asking the film industry to join forces in the fightagainst piracy.According to a report in theFinancial Times senior music executives have asked Jay Berman, formerchairman and chief executive of the International Federation of thePhonographic Industry (IFPI), to meet with Dan Glickman, who took over fromJack Valenti as the new head of the MPAA. They want to develop a joint strategyfocused on countering illegal opt
  • Ocean's, Polar Express march on for Warner Bros Int'l

    Ocean's Twelve grossed an estimated $22.6m through Warner BrosPictures International at the weekend on 5,183 prints in 46 markets, raisingthe cumulative total to $67.8m.The picture continued to rank number one in several markets and opened top inBelgium on an impressive $1.2m on 75 that recorded the second biggest opening thisyear for a Warner Bros picture behind Harry Potter And The Prisoner OfAzkaban.Ocean's Twelve opened in Mexicoon $1.8m on 550 screens

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