IS THE PARTY OVER FOR HANNAH?
Although Hannah Montana: The Movie opened on Friday with $17.44 million, it earned just $4.46 million on Easter Sunday, a day when families are usually expected to turn up at theaters en masse. The disappointing Sunday turnout caused a significant revision of the weekend total. While Disney had estimated that Hannah would take in $34 million in its three-day debut, final figures released by Media by Numbers indicated that it had actually made $32.3 million. Most other films in the top ten also opened below their earlier estimates. Universal's Fast & Furious, which the studio figured would make $28.8 million, wound up with $27.2 million. And No. 3 Monsters vs. Aliens, which was supposed to bring in $22.6 million, ended up with $21.8 million. No matter. The top 12 films grossed $125.76 million over the weekend versus $80.83 million for the comparable week a year ago, an increase of 55.59 percent. For the year, total revenue is up 16.32 percent, while attendance is up 14.57 percent.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Hannah Montana The Movie, Disney, $32,324,487, (New); 2. Fast & Furious, Universal, $27,237,905, 2 Wks. ($116,497,095); 3. Monsters vs. Aliens, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $21,812,253, 3 Wks. ($140,203,799); 4. Observe and Report, Warner Bros., $11,017,334, (New); 5. Knowing, Summit Ent. $6,433,433, 4 Wks. ($67,769,550); 6. I Love You, Man, Paramount, $6,280,790, 4 Wks. ($58,865,219); 7. The Haunting in Connecticut, Lionsgate, $5,901,215, 3 Wks. ($46,488,580); 8. Dragonball Evolution, 20th Century Fox, $4,756,488, (New); 9. Adventureland, Miramax, $3,353,618, 2 Wks. ($11,370,909); 10. Duplicity, Universal, $2,995,850, 4 Wks. ($36,847,445).
MIRAMAX IS LISTENING TO YOUR TWEETS
In a clear reminder that all that Twitters isn't told to just a small circle of friends, a woman who had been tweeting about trying to download a copy of Adventureland from a BitTorrent sitefound a message from the movie's distributor, Miramax: "Cmon Amanda, don't do it. #adventureland # fbi." The message took the form of a thumb-typing instant-message writer, lacking case and punctuation, and appeared to be a warning that the FBI might take action against Amanda if she actually found a copy of Adventureland to download. She did not. She did, however, respond to the Miramax tweet. "Okay I won't, JUST FOR YOU." This time Miramax responded by offering her a free ticket to see the movie. "I was pretty surprised about it," Amanda told the TorrentFreak website. "I couldn't find a working Adventureland torrent anyway."
BLOCKBUSTER SHOWS NEW CRACKS
Blockbuster continued the fight of its life Monday, even as stocks in the company slid once again following a report by company auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers expressing substantial doubt that the video-rental outfit will be able to continue to fund its operations. Meanwhile Standard & Poors lowered Blockbuster's debt rating to "CCC" from "B-." The new rating suggests that the company is "vulnerable to nonpayment" of its obligations.
MOVIE BUSINESS BOOMING IN VANCOUVER
A combination of the strengthening U.S. dollar and substantial tax incentives has helped boost film and TV production in Vancouver, even as Hollywood production has declined. As reported Monday by TheWrap.com, which cited figures by the British Columbia Film Commission, this year 15 feature films have been/are being shot in Vancouver versus 10 a year ago. Eleven TV series have been/are being shot in Vancouver versus seven a year ago. By contrast, TheWrap observed, only three "blockbuster budgeted" films are scheduled to film in Hollywood this year versus 21 a year ago.