New episodes of SpongeBob and TMNT puts Nick on top and Cartoon Network scores top wins for the 3rd week; Hotel Transylvania is best movie for kids; Paranormal Activity 4 scores best win in foreign box office


Welcome to the pre Halloween edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s toping today!


We got the latest report from last week’s ratings report and they’re some good news for both Nick, Cartoon Network, and also Adult Swim:


NEW YORK—Oct. 23, 2012—Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) nabbed top honors this week (10/15-21/2012)), with SpongeBob topping all TV with kids 2-11 and TMNT winning its time period by double digits among K 2-11 across all TV.
TMNT this week (Saturday, Oct. 20) averaged a 5.2/1.7 million with kids 2-11 and 3.4 million total viewers, up a strong +16% among K2-11 over last year and up +12% with P2+. The show was number-one in its 11 a.m. (ET/PT) time period with both demos on all TV, easily surpassing the next closest competitor (The Disney Channel) by  +24% with K2-11 and +48% with total viewers.
TMNT has steadily grown since launching Sept. 29, with a season to date average of a 5.4/1.8 million with K2-11 (+15% over last year’s time period) and 3.4 million total viewers (up +14%).
SpongeBob Square Pants hit a high this week as the top kids’ show on all TV. The 90-minute episode, “Runaway Road trip” (Saturday, Oct. 20),  averaged a 5.8/1.9 million with kids 2-11 and 3.7 million total viewers. The episode also was the most viewed kids’ programming among total viewers for the week.

*       For three weeks now across October 2012, Cartoon Network has ranked as basic cable’s #1 network for Early Prime (7-9 p.m.) delivery of boys 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14, and as the #1 network for Total Day (Mon-Sun, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.) delivery of boys 9-14.  Significant growth compared to the same time periods last year include overall weekly Early Prime delivery gains among kids 2-11 (up 8%), plus Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday night delivery gains across kids 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14 ranging between 2% and 47%.
*       Among original animated programming, Monday night’s new episode of Regular Show (8 p.m.) scored as the #1 telecast of the WEEK among
boys 6-11 & 9-14, and the #1 telecast of the DAY among kids 6-11 and all boy demos.  Immediately prior to this, a new episode of Adventure Time (7:30 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among all kids 2-11, 6-11 & 9-14, and all boy demos.  Tuesday night’s presentation of The Looney Tunes Show (8 p.m.) ranked #1 in its time period among all boy demos as well.
*       Charting double-digit delivery gains across all kids and boys on Wednesday night (7-9 p.m.), the evening was highlighted by a new episode of Ninjago (7:30 p.m.) that ranked as the #1 telecast of the day among boys 2-11 & 6-11. Immediately following, new series DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (8 p.m.) scored as the #1 telecast in its time period on all TV among boys 2-11 & 6-11, and #1 on basic cable among boys 9-14. Compared to the same time period last year, average kids delivery grew across both shows, respectively, by powerful double digits-kids 2-11 by 69% & 68%, kids 6-11 by 80% &33%, and kids 9-14 by 39% & 32%.
*       Saturday morning’s presentation of Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9:30 a.m.), ranked as the #1 telecast of the DAY among boys 9-14, and posted double and triple-digit delivery gains across kids and boys vs. the same time period last year-kids 2-11 grew by 41%, kids 6-11 by 44%, kids 9-14 by 89%, boys 2-11 by 40%, boys 6-11 by 39% and boys 9-14 by 115%.
*       Adult Swim ranked as basic cable’s #1 network for Total Day Delivery of young adults 18-34, 18-49 and 18-24, as well as men 18-34 & 18-24.  The late-night network also ranked as basic cable’s #2 network for the week in Prime Time among adults 18-34 (up 21% vs. last year), behind only ESPN.  In fact, Adult Swim’s prime time delivery of all young adult and young male demos rose by double digits-between 15% and 45%-vs. the same 2011 time period.
*       Adult Swim’s original series Robot Chicken (Sunday, 12 a.m.) and the Emmy-winning Children’s Hospital (Thursday, 12 a.m.) and both ranked #1 in their respective time periods among all young adults 18-34, 18-49 and 18-24 plus young men 18-34, 18-49 and 18-24.  Robot Chicken grew delivery across all targeted demos, ranging between 22% and 64%, while Children’s Hospital grew delivery among adults 18-34 & 18-24, and young men 18-34/18-24, ranging between 9% and 43%.
*       Additional original series NTSF:SD:SUV:: (Thursday, 12:15 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot among adults/men 18-34 & 18-24, earning delivery gains vs. last year ranging between 15% and 37%.  Similarly, Super jail (Sunday, 12:15 a.m.) ranked #1 in its time period on basic cable among adults 18-24 and men 18-34 & 18-24, increasing delivery between 1% and 30%.
*       Adult Swim programming-including Family Guy, American Dad and Robot Chicken-accounted for 17 of the top 50 telecasts of the week on basic cable among adults 18-34, more than any other network.


On the last entertainment report, we first highlighted DreamWorks newest animated film Rise of the Guardians. This week, the films gets the honor treatment at the Hollywood Film Awards. Say Perch, which movie other than the holiday guardians also got the honorable treatment?


Perch Perkins (via Hollywood Awards)- For a 16th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards continues its mandate of recognizing excellence in established Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera.
This year should be no different. Special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Judd Apatow for comedy; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Diablo Cody, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Seth Rogen, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.
The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
The winners of the festival’s film competition were announced Sunday night, October 21, at the “Hollywood Discovery Awards” Presentation Ceremony at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year’s winners were: “Garbage” by Phil Volken – Best Feature Film; “Bound by Flesh” by Leslie Zemeckis – Best Documentary; “Crescendo” by Alonso Alvarez Barreda – Best Short Film; “Cadaver” by Jonah D. Ansell – Best Animation Film; “Les Miserables” by Erin Wyatt – Best Trailer.


In last Sunday’s box office report, Hotel T was the highest grossing animated film of the fall. This time, the flick is the best animated scary film for all the kids as Jimmy Trout found out:


Jim Trout (via The Chicago Tribune courtesy of The Wrap)- LOS ANGELES – “Hotel Transylvania” and its comic ghoulies won the battle of animated Halloween kids movies three weeks ago, and it’s still taking victory laps. “Hotel Transylvania” delivered the best September opening in box office history at $42 million, and this past weekend it made an estimated $13.5 million, hiking its overall domestic gross to $119 million.

Its success was hardly a given as one of three animated kids’ comedy horror films – “Para Norman” and “Frankenweenie” are the others – that arrived at the box office in time for Halloween this year, and the one with the weakest reviews.

Hotel Transylvania” rated 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 89% for “Frankenweenie” and 86% for “Para Norman.”

“Para Norman,” has taken in a respectable $91 million worldwide thus far, but “Frankenweenie” has taken in just $40 million so far.

The startling part of “Hotel Transylvania” is its staying power. The movie dropped just 36 percent in both the second and third weeks, and this week it was off just 21 percent. It’s even winning overseas, taking in another $14.5 million this week to raise its foreign haul to $68.3 million.

A healthy $187 million worldwide box office, and one that is still growing, is not bad for a film that cost Sony Pictures Animation around $85 million to produce.

“‘Hotel Transylvania’ is performing beyond anyone’s imagination, and the holds are ridiculous,” Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. “It exceeds expectations in every new market it opens in.”

The studio isn’t saying, but it’s hard to imagine there won’t be a sequel.

While “Hotel Transylvania” has become an unlikely hit, the Focus Features-distributed “Para Norman” hasn’t done as well as the previous film from Laika Entertainment, “Coraline.” The critics loved its dark and semi-scary tone, but since opening on August 17, “Para Norman” has brought in $55 million domestically and $91 million worldwide. Its budget was unavailable.

Disney and Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” has turned into a bit of a box-office pumpkin, despite being a critical favorite. Burton’s had some big hits but he’s had some misses, too. With its $39 million budget, “Frankenweenie” was always going to be more “Corpse Bride” than “Alice in Wonderland,” and the $28 million in box office since opening on October 5 ($40 million worldwide) bears that out.

Of the three films, “Hotel Transylvania” had the weakest reviews, but that hasn’t hurt it at the box office. Its style charmed some critics. TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde called it “the kind of film that many will dismiss as being ‘merely’ entertaining, and even if it isn’t as creepy as ˜Para Norman’ or as original as ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ it’s a boisterous joyride from start to finish.”

Audiences have agreed: The 3D cartoon earned an “A-” Cinema Score overall, and an “A” from females and kids under the age of 18.

While the two rival stop-action films may have initially looked a little hipper, director Genndy Tartakovsky (with Adam Sandler at the Toronto premiere, left) infused his first feature with a traditional but distinctive CGI style in 3D.

A Russian immigrant, Tartakovsky learned English through cartoons like “Tex Avery” and “Popeye,” and he pays homage to both throughout “Hotel.”

Tartakovsky is a 13-time Emmy nominee and three-time winner for helping create shows including “Dexter’s Lab,” “Samurai Jack” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” That the film would be seen as a directorial triumph is another upset; in the six years since it went into development, no less than five other directors had the helm at one point. Michelle Murdocca produced, and the executive producers are Sandler and Robert Smigel, who wrote the screenplay with Peter Baynham.

“When it comes to kids movies,” Phil Contrino, editor in chief at told TheWrap, “you have to sell the parents first, and this one did a very good job of that.”

Sony stalwarts Sandler, who voices Dracula in the film, and Kevin James, who does Frankenstein, may have helped with that. It marks a nice rebound for Sandler, whose foray into R-rated comedy, “That’s My Boy,” flamed out this summer. His co-star in “That’s My Boy,” Andy Samberg, voices Jonathan, the young mortal who dares to woo the Count’s daughter (Selena Gomez) in “Hotel Transylvania.”

The rest of the voice cast includes some familiar folks: Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Molly Shannon and Jon Lovitz.

Exhibitor Relations senior analyst Jeff Bock told TheWrap that the reason for “Transylvania’s” success may be “that it’s totally non-threatening. Or maybe it’s just fun for kids.”


On Sunday’s box office report Paranormal Activity 4 topped the list 57 million smackers. How much that the movie at the foreign box office? Jimmy Fish has the numbers:


Jimmy Fish-(via The Hollywood Reporter courtesy of the Foreign Box Office)- Just in time for Halloween is Paranormal Activity 4, co-producer Oren Peli’s horror sequel, which narrowly emerged as the weekend’s No. 1 attraction on the foreign theatrical circuit with an opening take at 3,963 locations in 33 countries of $26.2 million.


That’s about 11.5% better than the opening gross of 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3 and 24.8% above the opening tally of 2010’s Paranormal Activity 2 “for the same bucket of territories,” said distributor Paramount, which did not handle the 2007 original title overseas.


Paranormal Activity 3 went on to gross a foreign total of $102.8 million while Paranormal Activity 2 tallied $92.8 million overseas.  The original drew via various local distributors a total of $87 million offshore.


Opening No. 1 in nine territories, Paranormal Activity 4 scored best in the U.K. (although it ranked No. 2 ), which is typical market showing for the small-budget horror franchise. Opening round drew $4.1 million from 416 sites over five days. The average U.K. total market gross for the previous three Paranormals is $17.2 million.


Russia contributed $4 million from 650 spots while Australia came up with $3.7 million at 321 locations. Germany kicked in $3.3 million at 316 situations, sufficient for a No. 1 market opening. The Mexico debut generated $2.2 million from 530 cinemas.


Dipping its toes lightly in international waters was Argo, actor-director Ben Affleck’s international thriller, which drew $1.2 million from what distributor Warner Bros. describes as “eight smaller markets.” In Taiwan, the film opened  No. 2 with $276,243 drawn from 64 screens.


Grossing $25.3 million – a 48% drop from the prior weekend’s take – at 7,819 venues in 66 markets via two distribution companies, Taken 2 slipped to second place this time while pushing its total foreign gross to $177.8 million.


20th Century Fox is handling the thriller starring Liam Neeson in most foreign markets while co-producer EuropaCorp is distributing the sequel in 32 markets accounting for a weekend tally of $9 million and a cume of $47.9 million.


Solid openings in Central America and Uruguay buoyed Taken 2’s overall weekend take as did a No. 2 third round in the U.K., providing $3.6 million at 492 spots for a market cume of $29.7 million.


After playing the foreign circuit for 20 weeks, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is winding down with a bang with a No. 1 opening in the U.K., drawing a sinewy $9.66 million from 532 venues. Weekend overall at 2,673 situations in 32 countries provided distributor Paramount $14.6 million, lifting the animation title’s foreign cume to $482.9 million.


Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, a comedy voiced by Adam Sandler and Kevin James about a boy who discovers Dracula is real, launched No. 1 in Russia with $5.9 million elicited from 797 situations.  Weekend overall pulled $15 million from 4,586 locations in 35 markets, lifting the animation title’s foreign gross total to $68.8 million.


In Spain, Warner Bros. Espana’s release of Lo Impossible (The Impossible), director Juan Antonio Bayona’s action adventure costarring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, dominated the market for the second consecutive weekend. Second round at 643 screens yielded $9 million and a No. 1 ranking. Cume stands at $26 million over 10 days of release, which Warners says, makes Lo Impossible the “highest grossing film for 2012” in Spain.


Ted, director Seth MacFarlane’s comedy-fantasy starring Mark Wahlberg, pushed its international gross total to $262.9 million (with three territories still to play) thanks to an $8.3 million weekend at 2,365 locations in 42 markets. A France holdover stayed No. 3 in the market with $2 million at 348 situations for a 12-day cume of $5.3 million.  (Worldwide tally is $481.6 million.)


Dominating France on the weekend was Wild Bunch Distribution’s release of Astrerix et Obelix: Au Service De Sa Majeste, the fourth comedy adventure directed by Laurent Tirard based on a series of popular French comic books.  The live action title in 3D starring Gerard Depardieu opened at 762 locations for a No. 1 gross of $9.3 million.


Frankenweenie, director Tim Burton’s comedy animation with horror overtones, drew $4.1 million in its second round overseas playing in 19 territories, raising its foreign cume to $11.9 million. Taking $4.8 million from 6,492 venues in 19 markets was Sony’s release of Total Recall.  A China launch at 6,100 sites delivered just about all of the action, an estimated $3.6 million. The sequel’s foreign cume now stands at $125.7 million.


Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment in the action-sci/fi franchise starring Milla Jovovich, drew $2.3 million on the weekend from 2,141 situations in 53 markets, lifting its foreign cume via Sony and Germany’s Constantin Film to $175.5 million.  Foreign b.o. champ of the series is $2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife, which tallied a foreign total of $236.1 million.


Other international cumes:  Universal’s Pitch Perfect, $1.96 million; Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, $710.3 million; Universal’s The Bourne Legacy, $126.4 million; Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, $72.6 million; Universal’s Savages, $22.8 million in Universal territories only; Universal’s Anna Karenina, $9.8 million after a $1.3 million China debut over six days at 500 spots; and Universal’s Para Norman, $37.7 million.


Also, Focus Features’ To Rome With Love, $53.5 million (worldwide, $70.1 million); Fox’s Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, $26.3 million; Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom, $19.2 million; Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, $132.3 million; and Fox’s The Watch, $30.9 million.


Opening this week:  Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4, 12 markets including South Korea, India and Taiwan; Warner Bros.’ Argo, Australia, Japan, Spain; Universal’s Ted, India; Universal’s The Bourne Legacy, Chile, China, Paraguay; Universal’s Savages, Italy, Greece; and Universal’s Para Norman, Argentina, Venezuela.


In the Penguins tally, 492 fans have signed in as the Penguins prepare next month’s final missions as the destiny of Team Skipper starts to take shape.


Well folks, the monstrous wave is approaching fast in the toon world as prepares 2 weeks of spooky premieres starting this Friday night. Be warned TV and movie fans, there’ll be spooky surprises inside this ghastly package!

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